Moving to a new house has always been a time of turbulence. One the one hand, your family is getting a chance for a fresh start in a new neighborhood. One the other, adjusting to new routines and settling in takes some time. Still, one of the hardest parts of this transition has to be leaving the safety of your previous home and familiar neighborhood for a new house that still has to go through securing.
Here are a couple of tips that should help you complete this important duty as fast as possible.
Replace the locks
This has to be one of the first things you need to do once you unpack your bags. Finding out if the previous owners borrowed the keys and if there are any existing copies is practically impossible. Replacing the existing locks for the more advanced options should put these worries to rest. Also, make sure to have a locksmith on speed dial if you get locked out. Passing the copies of the keys to your neighbors and relatives can only reduce the security of your new house.
Set up the home security system
These days, security tech is becoming increasingly affordable. Another thing that is good to hear is that home automation has made the management of home security systems streamlined and accessible. Your smartphone will allow you to oversee the cameras 24/7 regardless of your location and every emergency will result in a push notification. All these things make even the most basic security systems an essential home upgrade.
Install outside lighting
As of lately, there has been much debate over the usefulness of outside light in the prevention of burglaries. Indeed, most home breaches occur during the day and your task is to keep the burglars off your property, not to light them a way in. However, motion activated lights that are tightly integrated into your security system are a completely different story. Lighting the property for the cameras to do the job and scaring off the burglars does seem like a good proposition.
Burglar-proof the windows
Traditionally, windows have always been some of the weakest house entry points. Even if you secure their locks, there is an unpleasant fact that they can be easily broken. So, if replacing the existing windows for the reinforced-glass ones is out of your budget, at least install window bars, cover the paths to windows with cameras (dummy cameras can also be used as a deterrent), and set up alarms at all easily accessible entry points.
Draw the layout for emergencies
Some of the emergencies like fire may urge your family to quickly abandon the house. That is why you should lay out your home to allow quick and safe evacuation. First, throw away all of the flammable window shades and curtains. Second, move the heavy, flammable furniture pieces to the center of the room and away from doors and windows. Finally, spend some time with your family talking about the emergency routines to make sure they are able to find the safest way out if a disaster strikes.
Inspect your house’s vital systems
Some of the threats to your house will come from the outside. Some of them may be built into its walls. That is why, before you unpack your bags and start making more extensive security upgrades, you should do a thorough inspection of your plumbing, electric, waste and heating systems. Any kind of malfunction in these critical building blocks can quickly cause disaster and compromise the integrity of your new home.
These seven tips should help you to quickly turn your new and unexplored house into safe heaven your family so desperately needs after the time of transition. Do your best to check as much of the entries off the list as you can – the safety of your family is not something you should take risks with.