Spring is approaching, which means that a lot of you will be relocating soon. Home Security Store wants to help make your move flow as easily as possible, which is why we have taken the time to compose a checklist of sorts that you can use to help guide you through the process.
Change All Of the Door Locks in Your New Home
Real estate and leasing agents, workmen, former residents…and anyone associated with a former resident is likely have a key to your new abode. Don’t assume that any of these individuals are above breaking into your home. From the day that you take possession, you and the people that you authorize should be the only ones with keys to your door locks. In fact, we recommend that you step into the 21st century and bypass keys altogether by investing in a DIY keyless entry system like the Eternity 5 Keypad Lock Satin Chrome. Place this beauty on all of your exterior doors maximize security. Remember to also place pin locks on all sliding doors (and windows).
Install an Alarm System
Before you spend a single night in your new home install an alarm system. If you need help moving your existing system from your old place to your new one, give us a call. Or, if you need a new system, visit our main store where you’ll find a wide selection of top-quality alarm systems which can usually be installed in a matter of hours. There’s no need to make an appointment with a salesman or spend a day waiting for an installer to arrive and complete your project when you can do it yourself. (NOTE: If you haven’t already done so, contact your insurance agent to inquire about any discounts that you may be eligible for by securing your home with an alarm system.)
Alert Your Monitoring Company
Contact your monitoring company to update them on your move. If you do not have a monitoring company or if you are paying more than $8.95 per month for this service, switch to Alarm Relay right away. More details about cost-effective monitoring from Alarm Relay are available on our main site.
Place Security Warnings Around Your Home
Deterrents are your first line of defense against burglary. Let the bad guys know that you’re prepared and they’ll likely move onto an unsuspecting residence, instead. One of the most effective ways to go about this is to place security warnings on your windows, your front lawn and anywhere else visible to the casual observer.
Secure Your Fencing
Walk around your front, side and back yard and check for holes or weak areas in your fencing and, if found, repair these issues right away. Not only will this help keep burglars away, but doing so will also help keep pets and young children inside.
Introduce Yourself to Your New neighbors
A face-to-face introduction helps neighbors establish a rapport with one another. Such an introduction may also heighten vigilance amongst homeowners. Without appearing paranoid, let your new neighbors know that they can contact you anytime they see or hear anything unusual around your property and that you will kindly do the same for them.
Inquire About a Neighborhood Watch Program
Call or visit your local police department to find out who is in charge of your local neighborhood watch meetings and when they are held. If you discover that no such program exists, speak to your police department about starting one. This is a great way to get to know your neighbors while fighting crime at the same time.
Set Up Environmental Controls and Alerts
Start fresh and change the batteries in all of the smoke detectors in your new home. This is also a good time to install new environmental controls, such as water, flood and temperature sensors in order to protect your home from damage caused by leaking or broken pipes, freezing temperatures, fire or other environmental hazards. Visit the Environmental Controls section of our main store to find a vast selection of products in this category.
Let Us Help
No matter how excited you are about your new digs, we know that moving can be a pain in the nether regions. Hopefully, this list will help you plan and execute a flawless move. Most importantly, we hope that the list will help you in securing your new home so that you and your family can begin adjusting to your new environment without stress, worry or fear.
If you have questions about relocating a DIY security device purchased from Home Security Store, please contact us right away. Our team is always on hand to answer your questions or to help you troubleshoot nagging issues. Remember, also, that a great deal of the security alarm kits that we sell are designed to be expandable so that you can customize your system according to your needs at your new home.
Have you moved recently? What tips or reminders to do you have to share with our readers that will help make the transitioning process smoother? As hard as we try to be thorough in these matters, we’re sure we left a few tips out and so we are counting on you to chime in and give your input in the comments section below.