Security is one of your biggest concerns as a homeowner - and if it isn’t, it should be. But it’s very easy to overlook the security of your home in the hustle and bustle of moving homes.
If you want to make your new home as secure as possible, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ll be sharing some of our favorite and most effective home security tips in this article. Read on for more.
Change the Locks
You never know who the previous owners may have given spare keys to, so it’s best that you start anew with a fresh set of locks.
Before you move into your new home, we strongly suggest that you replace all of the exterior locks that were there before, and ensure that all of the keys are in your possession.
Make Sure There’s An Alarm System
If there is no alarm system in your new home, we strongly suggest that you have one installed before you actually move in. if there’s already a system present in the house, have the previous homeowners give you the relevant emergency numbers and instruction manual.
You should then change the passwords and security codes. It’s best to have your alarm system checked regularly after you move in, as well as to change your password at regular intervals to make sure that you’re always as secure as possible.
Check the Property’s Vulnerability
This is one of the most important steps you can take in making sure that your new home is as secure as possible. Start by checking to see if the property has any vulnerabilities, then go outside and imagine how you’d get in if you were locked out.
The first thing you’ll think of is likely how an intruder would get it. It helps to address these safety concerns before you actually move into the home, whether the concern is a minor as a branch hanging over the wall, or as serious as a garage door without a lock.
Check Your Insurance Policy
Before you move into your new home, you want to check your household insurance policy to see what exactly it covers, and what alterations to the policy you might want to make. It also helps to mark any valuables by engraving them with your ID number.
Get into the habit of recording all of the serial numbers of your important possessions, and take photographs of your jewellery. This will help them be easily identified in the event that they are stolen, which can save you a lot of hassle in the future.
Unfortunately, South Africa is not the safest country in the world to live, but with a few simple security tips, you can make sure that your home is as safe as possible for you and your family.