By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Becoming a homeowner is a significant milestone and is worth celebrating. But before you get lost in the celebration, there are a few things to address. After the professional movers
have left and you are settling into your new home, you should consider securing your family, possessions, and the entire property.
Owning a home requires you to make financial sacrifices, and that is why you cannot afford to overlook the importance of protecting your property. Here are a few tips for securing your new home.
1. Ensure All Windows and Doors Lock Securely
You need to understand that burglars are always looking for easy access points to your home. If thieves discover that you are hardly at home on weekdays or you are away most of the time, they may get sufficient time to scrutinize your new home. Most burglars, in this case, focus on assessing whether your house has windows and doors that can grant them easy access.
For that reason, you need to ensure that all windows and doors to your new home lock securely. Any windows and doors that do not lock securely can be the target for a break-in to your new home and should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. It is also advisable to have all your entry doors re-keyed by a locksmith soon after moving into your new home. You never know how many “extra” keys the old homeowners gave to neighbors, relatives and even to their maid service.
2. Invest in A Monitored Alarm System
Protecting your home from burglary without an alarm system can be difficult. Investing in a monitored alarm system and home automation is worth contemplating if you want to secure your home.
There are multiple home security options out there to choose from, depending on the level of protection you need and your budget. Some of the things you should focus on when selecting a monitored alarm system for your home include:
- The needs of your new home and your neighborhood as well.
- Upfront as well as monthly costs of acquiring and maintaining the monitored alarm system.
- Customer service and the brand reputation of the service provider you choose.
- Such extras like smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring.
- Smart home capabilities.
Installing a monitored alarm system gives you and your family peace of mind over and above securing your new home.
3. Trim Trees and Shrubs Around Your Home
The presence of overgrown trees and shrubbery around your new house increases the risk of break-ins and theft. Failing to trim the trees and shrubs in your yard can shroud your new home in darkness, which suggests that burglars can get into and out of your house unnoticed. So, trimming the overgrown trees and shrubs around your new home will act as a safety precaution against burglars.
4. Always Ensure Your Outdoor Lighting Is Working
Since thieves operate under cover of darkness, installing outdoor lighting as a new homeowner is a wise idea. You can also consider motion-sensing lights for your outdoors, which switch on when someone approaches them.
If you are hardly at home, you can put outdoor lighting and other lights in your new home on timers. Doing so will give outsiders the impression that you are around, which can help to safeguard your home.
As a professional moving company, A-1 Freeman Moving Group not only wants your belongings to arrive to your new home without incident, but we also want you and your family to be safe and sound in your new home. Protecting your new home and ensuring the safety of your things as well as loved ones is a personal responsibility. Securing your new home around the clock is essential if you want to enjoy peace of mind.
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