Moving into a new home can be as exciting as it is taxing. But when you’ve made the decision to work with a full-service residential moving company much of the stress is alleviated. Still, in all your excitement you might forget that previous owners or tenants might not have valued the same level of security you consider right for you and your family. These three best practices recommended by our local movers can help you feel safe and secure in your new home.
You never know what old tenants, housekeepers, relatives, or friends still have keys to your new house. Over 8 percent of unlawful entry occurs with the use of a key. At the very least, be sure to change your locks and deadbolts. A double cylinder deadbolt is an ideal choice. Make sure to also check that skylights and windows have locks. A locksmith can come to your home and change locks all at once so they can all be opened by a new set of keys.This is far less expensive than replacing each lock.
You can even go the extra mile and install smart locks. The biggest benefit of electronic entry systems is they are highly configurable. Digital locks can be changed at a moment’s notice, nullifying any existing keycards. They can be controlled by your phone and generate a record of when each door was opened. These reviews of the most popular smart locks can help you make the decision about which is right for you.
If your new home already has a security system get it checked out by a professional. Change all passcodes and check batteries.
For a more cost effective solution you might consider a video doorbell. Some thieves may pose as a salesman and will ring first to check if anyone is home and to scope out the home for access and valuables. A video doorbell makes it easy to catch them on camera. You can access this at any time and from anywhere you have an internet connection. You can even let people in this way, when paired with certain smart locks. This means you can allow your house-sitter or housekeeper entrance, even if you’re on vacation halfway around the world.
For a list of the year’s best doorbell cameras check out the reviews on A Secure Life for a list of pros and cons.
Though 60% of all residential burglaries occur during daylight hours, deterring potential thieves at night is still important. The easiest solution might be to install motion detector lights. When a bright light suddenly turns on it can be a quick and easy deterrent. Motion detector lighting is also an affordable and energy-saving, eco-friendly way to light the outside of your home.
Once unpacked, it is important that boxes advertising their previous high value contents, like a big screen TV, are not easily visible. Be sure to keep window blinds and curtains drawn when leaving the house.
Ensure the space around your home is secure as well. Don’t leave items such as lawnmowers or tools outside to tempt potential thieves. Prune trees and shrubs around your home, as overgrowth can be a great hiding place.