It’s an exciting time! You’ve spent months searching for the perfect place to call your own. Finally the hunt is over. In your hands you hold the keys to your new home. Everything is all packed up and ready to move in to start making the space your own. Amidst the excitement and organisation of it all you might not have stopped to consider the security of your new home.
That ‘For Sale’ sign out of the front of your new purchase has been advertising to burglars that new people and new belongings will soon be filling it. Once that SOLD sticker was plastered over the board, the opportunistic countdown began.
Do you need new keys?
It’s a good idea to get a locksmith to come out to your new property for a security evaluation. A professional locksmith will be able to assess the currently installed hardware in your home. They can advise if it needs replacing, maintenance, or any additions made.
If your new home was a rental property before you owned it changing the locks is highly advised. The ability to account for the keys that exist for your home can be an uncertainty. Lost, stolen, replaced, or copied keys can pose an issue to the safety of your home. Replacing the locks in your home allows you to know who has access and to coordinate your locks to your liking.
You might even be the first owner of your home. New estate homes are notorious for burglaries. The display homes allow anyone to enter and provides ample recon opportunity for those up to no good. They have been able to scope out the design of houses, the standard hardware used, and property access and exit points. It can take just 5 minutes for someone to break in and burglar your home.
How’s your home insurance?
Another factor to consider is ensuring your home security aligns with the requirements of your home insurance policy. Your contract with your insurer will outline any expected security measures that need to be in place. By not meeting these requirements your policy may be considered void if there was an incident.
Being on top of your home security will help to make sure that your new investment is a positive one.