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5 Security Tips for Your New Home
Home security is one of the most important things you can have for your home after a relocation. A secure home protects your belongings and your household members.
When you first move in, you should learn the risks or security features available. First, you’ll need to find out.
Here are five tips to help you quickly determine your security needs and meet them.
1. Inspect Doors and Windows
You must carefully check all your exterior doors and windows for proper operation and secure closure. It’s better to complete these tasks before you move in.
Test the doors from both sides. If the door doesn’t fit tightly in the casing, it may be time to repair or replace it.
If you decide to replace any exterior doors, try to plan ahead. That way, you don’t spend the money on changing the locks only to replace the doors a few weeks later.
2. Check Fences and Gates
If your new home has a yard, you should plan to inspect the fence and the gates. Walk along the perimeter of the property on both sides. Check for loose spots or significant gaps that an animal could climb under.
It’s not uncommon for a fence to settle after a few years. But if it settles so much that you can’t close or lock the gate, you may need to upgrade it. For example, add or replace a padlock with one for which you have all the keys.
3. Change Locks
Changing all the locks in a house may seem like a hassle. But, given the alternative, it’s probably a wise investment.
Houses may have several keys for the various locks. If the doors are decades old, you could not know who has a key.
Changing locks may be less expensive than you think. Get a couple of quotes from local locksmiths to know what to expect.
4. Add Lighting
People are likelier to try to break into a home when they feel like they could easily escape it. Lighting makes burglary much more difficult, especially at night.
The problem is that most homes don’t have much in the way of exterior lighting. In addition, with an older home, you may need additional wiring even to have the option.
Add lighting in the common walkways and the driveway. Motion sensor lighting is an ideal choice. Consider installing more lighting in the darkest areas if you have a dark backyard.
5. Consider a Home Security System
Adding a home security system is the final step. It’s common to install a smart doorbell with a camera, but you can do much more. For example, you could add exterior cameras, motion sensor lights, and alarm systems.
These days, you can customize a home security system to have everything you need and nothing you don’t. You can even build one on your own if you’re tech-savvy and have the time.
Home security is keeping your household and belongings safe, even when you’re not at home. Let us help you get to your new home safely. Contact us to request a quote.