Your Security Checklist For Moving House
If you are in the market to purchase a new home, and you have your deposit, you are ready to begin your search. But how can you make sure that the largest purchase you will probably ever enter into is right for you and how are you able to make sure it stays safe? Security and safety factors need to be right at the top of your list. There are always risks involved when buying a property, yet you are able to use these tips to minimise your risks.
Looking For Your New House
When in search of a new home, the first decision you need to make is the areas you are interested in. In addition to the general local amenities, school catchments along with local-transport links, is the area safe? Find out about the crime rates in this area. Other important factors include is it an area that attracts unsavoury characters or is it on a family road?
To find out about the most recent crime stats in a local area, visit the UK Crime stats website and the Police website. This will give you a general idea of crime rates in the neighbourhoods you are interested in.
It is also wise to visit these areas at varying times to ensure you feel safe. Visiting at night will offer you with a bit of insight to what really goes on. Make sure there is enough street lighting and look out for any signs associated with anti-social behaviour.
- When possible try and chat to residents in the area to find out about any recent crimes along with what they feel about the atmosphere in this area.
- When looking at potential homes, take notes on the current condition of the windows and the doors. These are easy to replace before you move in, but this will add extra costs. Houses with windows that are relatively new and solid doors are easier and cheaper to secure.
- If the home features a gravel driveway, this is already a beneficial security measure as the noise made by walking on the gravel usually deters burglars, or it will alert you when someone unexpected has accessed your property.
The Day of Your Move
On the day of moving into your new home with everything packed up and in boxes, it becomes easy to forget about security basics. Here are a few tips to keep in mind on what you should and shouldn’t be doing in regards to security on moving day.
The number one thing to do before you actually move in is to contact a reputable and professional emergency locksmith. There is no way of knowing how many sets of keys have been made, which is why it is always a better idea to have them changed. In addition many insurance policies might become invalid if you fail to change the locks.
It is also important to check on the shed or garage-door lock. If you plan to store items of value in these areas, make sure you use new and secure locks.
- If the previous owners are leaving behind a security system or alarm ensure they have left you with all the necessary details. This includes the manufacture, when the system was installed and the passwords. Once you have these details you need to immediately change the password and codes.
- Make sure someone is always watching your belongings while you move and when possible move your stuff immediately indoors and don’t leave it out in the street, the garden or in the moving van. You may be tempted to get something to drink or rest before you bring in the rest of the boxes, yet this creates the ideal opportunity for someone to rob you when no-one is around.
- Try to avoid making it too obvious that you have just moved. The first thing on your list should be to hang curtains to blinds. Move your boxes out of open-view along with letting your neighbours know that you are in as soon as you can.
Changing the locks on a new home is one of the basic security measures that is recommended by the majority of the insurance companies. Yet an astounding 74% of homeowners fail to change locks when moving into a new home.