When you choose a new home, security might be an afterthought. That is, of course, until you move in and want to protect yourself and your belongings.
Home security can be an essential part of the residential moving process. Follow these tips to ensure you have the proper home security for your new space.
1. Increase the Lighting
If you haven’t had the opportunity, survey your home at night. It will be easier to spot dark areas. That way, you can figure out where you need to add lighting.
Motion-sensor lighting for your driveway and backyard is a wise idea. Add other types of lighting on a timer. Consider the lighting angle so it doesn’t keep you up at night.
Choosing outdoor lighting is less complicated than it used to be. You might be able to install battery-operated or solar-powered options in a few hours.
2. Make Valuables Hard to Find
As a general rule, burglars look for an easy win. They want to get something valuable with as little work as possible. Your goal is to make it harder for them.
Keep your valuables out of sight. Don’t place expensive equipment in easy view of a window. Do the same for your vehicle.
If you have expensive or irreplaceable things, consider additional protection for them. A small safe might be an ideal solution. You might even decide to store them elsewhere.
3. Change the Locks
When you get the keys to your new home, it’s a good idea to change the locks. Keys are easy to duplicate. Assume that any or all of your neighbors might have a copy.
If you are handy, take care of the switch; otherwise, consult a professional locksmith, and set a time for them to change the locks. They may be able to do this within a few hours.
Once you get the new locks, be careful where you put the keys. Leaving a set on your home exterior puts you at risk. Instead, consider giving an extra set to a trusted friend nearby.
4. Add Cameras
These days, it’s prevalent to put in a doorbell camera system at your front door. They often work in conjunction with alarm systems.
If you have other exterior doors, think about adding cameras for those. It’s essential for parts of the home that you can’t see from a window.
Keep in mind that cameras are only helpful if you use them. Installing a system with alerts might be the best approach.
5. Set Alarms
For the highest level of security, you might consider installing an alarm system. With this type of protection, you outsource some work to a third party. They help you keep an eye on your home and alert authorities if necessary.
Choose the most straightforward and consistent system that you can. If it’s too difficult to use, you won’t use it. Also, make sure that the control panel isn’t visible from the outside of the house.
Protecting your home takes multiple systems. To learn more about how you can have a better moving experience, request a free quote today.