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Moving? Here's a Home Security Checklist that Will Help

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Moving? Heres a Home Security Checklist that Will Help

You’re ready to move into your new home and you ‘think’ you’ve thought of everything, but chances are, there’s something you’ll forget. Home security isn’t always the first thing you think about when moving, but it should be. Here’s a home security checklist that will help you keep your new home safe.

 

Assess the security before you move in

 

Don’t wait until you’ve moved in to check for things like broken locks on the windows and doors. Take a look at the house with security in mind so you’ll know what needs to be addressed first. Painting and decorating can wait--home security cannot. If the windows and doors don’t all have locks, make sure you have them installed. Window locks aren’t just a security issue; if you have young children, windows without locks could pose a safety hazard, too.

 

Replace or rekey all locks

 

Ideally, you’ll do this before you move in. You never know who has a copy of the keys from when the previous owners lived there, so don’t take chances. Even if your home was a new construction, the builder could still have a copy of the keys. A simple rekey will ensure that only you have access to the home and keep your family and belongings safe.

 

Change access codes on any existing alarms

 

If your new home comes with an alarm system, change the access codes immediately upon moving in. Also, call any security companies attached to the alarm system to let them know that you are the new owner of the alarm system. If you don’t have an alarm system, consider installing one, even if it’s a standalone system that isn’t monitored by a company. Some insurance companies offer discounts on homeowners insurance if you have these installed, so it could save you money and keep your home more secure.

 

Make your home’s exterior more secure

 

Add exterior lighting if there isn’t any so you can easily see all of your property from your home. This added visibility will make burglars think twice about trying to creep onto your property as they will be more easily visible. Also, make sure you don’t have ‘blind spots’ on your property where thieves could hide and wait for an opportunity to break in.

 

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