Moving home is exciting but it can also be a little bit scary. You’ll go through a range of emotions as you start this new chapter in your life, and certainly feel the pressure at some point. When you move there’s no denying, this is one of the most stressful experiences you will ever encounter, and it might take a while to adjust to your new property. To put your mind at ease, we suggest you consider these home security tips to ease the worry and put your mind at rest.
Change the door locks
A sensible precaution when you move home is to have the door locks replaced as soon as possible. You could do this on the day you move in for added peace of mind. Changing the locks at the property ensures you are the only person with sets of keys for the house, and this makes you feel safer knowing there are no spare sets lurking about with people you do not know. Have the locks replaced with high-security door cylinders and deadbolts to give the doors the maximum level of security.
Security Tip: Consider fitting door chains, spy holes and interior bolts at the top and the bottom of the door for added protection and even more safety.
Create a new alarm code
Is there an alarm fitted to your property and does this have a unique push-button code? You’ll no doubt inherit the alarm code from the previous owners so get this changed as quickly as you can. If you don’t know how to do this and there is no obvious owner’s manual, try contacting the alarm company direct, or look online for tutorials, there are plenty of them out there for different types of home alarm systems.
Security Tip: Think of a unique alarm code you will be able to remember but don’t write this down anywhere
Check window frames
Go around the property looking at the condition of the window frames and consider them from a safety perspective. Are they in good working order and do the locks work with all keys present? If anything doesn’t look right or you are concerned the windows might be a security risk, consider getting them replaced or updated with new window locks if this is a viable option.
Security Tip: Ground floor windows are easy to access for intruders. Should you have any concerns about the security of windows, consider fitting domestic security grilles as a cost-effective security measure.
Review exterior security
A general review of outdoor security measures is a good idea when you move home. If there are outside security lights fitted, find out how they operate, whether they are manually activated or work on a movement sensor basis. The same goes for CCTV systems and other exterior security measures. Find out what security features the previous owners had fitted and see if they work, then consider how they can be improved.
Security Tip: As well as reviewing security around the exterior of the home, pay close attention to garages, sheds and garden rooms too.
Get to know your neighbours
One of the best ways to integrate yourself into the community and to form a few allies at the same time is to get to know your neighbours as quickly as possible. Once you are settled in your new home, maybe plan a housewarming party and invite a few of your closest neighbours along. You could pop around to explain about the party and this gives you a great first introduction. Get to know your neighbours and you can look out for one another, and keep an eye on one another’s properties when you are away from the home.
Security Tip: If you get on well with your neighbours, tell them when you are going away on holiday and vice-versa so you both know when to be extra vigilant.
As you can see, there’s plenty to keep you busy when you move home and by following a few basics you can take care of home security for added peace of mind. Should you require the services of a locksmith in the Midlands or need specialist home security products, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Mike B’s Security Locksmiths Ltd or call us on 01455 891046.