So, you have recently moved in to your new house. You are looking around thinking what color your living room walls will be or how you will make your kitchen stylish yet functional. You are already thinking of the artworks you will hang on your walls and where to place your collections.
Decorating may be the fun part of having a new house, a new blank space to work with. But do not ever take for granted the one thing that will keep your home and your loved ones safe and sound: security.
For your sake and your family’s, and for your peace of mind, take note of these home safety tips when moving to a new house.
Change the locks
This is one of the first things you should do. Whether it is a brand new home or previously owned by someone else. The reason is that you never really know who has keys to your locks—caretakers, workers, realtors, etc. For all you know, a person who is up to no good has access to your new home. Never take that chance. Hire a reliable locksmith to change the locks in your entire home.
Install a security system
This is one of the best investments you’ll ever make. Times have become more dangerous and a home security system is a necessary expense these days.
Several studies have shown the correlation between a home alarm and reduction in crime. A survey among convicted burglars by the University of California found that 83% of burglars would think twice about breaking into a home with a security system. Another study revealed that at least 43% would discontinue the attempt.
There are many types of security systems that are available in the market, depending on a homeowner’s needs and preferences. DSC security products offer a wide range of alarm systems that are easy to install and offer flexibility with multiple covered zones. Adding motion sensors on your entry and exit points is a must. There are also add-on features that allow you to control your security system remotely, receive real-time alerts, and manage your home wherever you are.
Be secure with lighting
Lighting is an integral part of security. One way of deterring burglars is to install lights on your house’s exterior. As much as possible, install lights before moving in. Burglars want to operate in the dark and lights would surely intimidate them.
Choose lighting that you can set with a timer or can control remotely especially if you are routinely out of your house at a certain time. For all you know, a burglar is recording your routines. It is advisable to keep lights on your doorstep, for example, when you are away to create the impression that someone is home.
There are also motion detector lighting that you can invest in. You can install motion detector flood lights on the front, back, and sides of your home. If the light goes off in the middle of the night, chances are that some burglar tried to break in.
These security lights may be connected to certain security systems for as long as they are compatible with each other.
Ensure integrity of doors, windows
Add a layer of security to your home by ensuring the integrity of your doors. Are they strong enough to frustrate burglars? Check locks and jams, too. Make it harder for criminals to enter your home.
Another helpful move-in tip is to check your windows. These days, sliding glass windows are very in demand. They do make a house look truly modern and stylish. But evaluate whether the glass is of good quality or whether you need to install grills in your windows. You may also consider installing glass break detectors that notifies when someone tries to break your window.
Check your neighborhood
Like when signing a contract or entering into a negotiation, you must perform due diligence when moving in to a new house by checking your new neighborhood. You have probably done this already before deciding to buy the property, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a look around again and maybe even meet new people.
Locate the nearest police and fire stations in your area. This is a good time to also familiarize yourself with the surrounding, and see for yourself whether the neighborhood or community has a good vibe.
Test your detectors
You wouldn’t want to discover that your smoke detectors aren’t working after a fire incident. Before moving in your furniture, test your smoke detectors first. You must also test your carbon monoxide detector, if you have one. In some cases, these detectors can be wired to a security system so that emergency teams may be alerted in case of fire or any other emergency.
Check electrical system, pipes
Do you even know where your electrical circuit box or fuse is located? Adults in the family must be familiar with it and must at least know how to shut it off in case of an emergency.
You must also check the pipes for rust and leakage to ensure a smooth move-in for the family. You must also learn how to shut it off when you need to do so.
Tried and tested deterrent: Get a dog
If you think old-fashion crime deterrents such as a guard dog do not work anymore, think again. A 2017 survey revealed that loud barking dogs put off burglars as effectively as security cameras. If you think you are capable enough of taking care of a dog, then maybe this tried-and-tested way to deter burglars should be something you should seriously explore.
By applying these home safety tips, you can be assured that you are going to have a safe and smooth move-in. And most importantly, you can sleep soundly at night knowing your home and your family are safe.