Five Important Security Tips for Moving into Your New Home
By Lock, Stock & Farrell|September 20, 2017
Moving into a new home is an exciting time in your life. Whether you're building or purchasing a new home, this milestone is something you should celebrate. Before getting out the bubbly, there are several small things you should do to ensure that your home is safe.
- Re-Key Your Home. One of the most important steps you can take if you're purchasing a new home is to get your locks re-keyed. You have no idea how many copies of your current lock's keys are around, or who has them. For your safety and your family's safety, this is the best route to go. It'll give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have the only copies of your keys to your new home. Even if you have built a new home and the home builder had a ‘master key’ we’d always recommend to get the entire house re-keyed.
- Get Spare Keys Cut. Whether you're purchasing or building a home, you'll want to have spare keys cut. Most locks only come with two. If you have children or other adults living with you, you'll want to give them keys so they can come and go as they need to. If you want a spare hidden outside, be sure to hide it where not just anyone will be able to find it. If you have decorative rocks, put your spare in a pill bottle and glue a rock to the top. Bury the bottle, so only the rock is showing. A spare key will prevent you from getting locked out of your home.
- Install a Security System. Any type of security system is better than not having one at all. When you move in, you should look into installing some sort of home security system. This will help prevent anyone from breaking in. In the event that they do, many alarm system companies automatically dispatch help to your location.
- Replace Your Locks. If you don't want to go through the process of re-keying your locks, a total lock replacement is an option you can look into. However, if you're going to go this way, you should look into having your window locks replaced while you're having your door locks replaced. People who are looking for ways to break in look for broken or unlocked doors and windows for easy access. So you want to make sure all of your locks are functional. Once you've had everything replaced, you'll be the only ones with keys to your home's doors and windows, and you can have spare keys cut for any friend or family member you think needs one.
- Make Sure Your Home Is Well Lit. Anyone who wants to break into your home wants to do so undetected. You can deter them by installing motion sensor lighting inside and outside of your home. If you have pets and you're worried about them setting the lights off, try a timed lighting system. Your exterior lights will come on at the same time each night. This can also give the appearance that there is someone home. Generally, the more you light your property up, the less inclined anyone will be to attempt to break in.