Is Your New Home Safe & Secure?

keys on tableBy the time your moving company unloads the last box of your shipment, and your family unpacks and rearranges your belongings, you may think that all the work is done.  However, moving and unpacking are only the first steps to take in your new home.  At this point, it is imperative that you make sure your home is as secure and safe as possible.

 

The Basics

 

There are going to be security concerns in any new home, and they might not all be addressed by your home inspector.  The most pressing issue is the personal security of all locks and keys used in your house.  There is not a verifiable way to know who has additional keys that work with the locks that come with your home.  For that reason, we recommend replacing all locks in your home with new locks that only you have the keys to.  While it won’t break the bank if you decide to work with a locksmith, replacing the locks yourself is the most cost-effective method of securing your home.

 

After you’ve tackled that, inspect your windows for functioning locks.  Check your gates and add locks if necessary.  Program your automatic garage door to your vehicles.  Also, you may want to invest in a security system for your new home.  They range in price and services, so it won’t be hard to find one that fits both your needs and budget.

 

Double Check

 

Continue to inspect your home after you move in.  Some important places to check are pipes, electrical outlets, septic tank, HVAC system, water heater, and air conditioning units.  If you suspect a problem with any of these, save yourself heartache and money by addressing it as quickly as possible.  Enlisting expert help in areas you are unfamiliar with will prevent the problems from progressing.

 

Clean It Up

 

No matter how clean your new home may look and feel, it never hurts to give it a good scrub once you move in.  If you feel as though you may be too exhausted to do a thorough job, you may consider hiring a professional cleaning crew to handle it.  If you decide to clean the house yourself, make sure to hit the kitchen, pantry, and bathrooms first.  These areas are known to collect bacteria and germs that you should be exposed to.  Next, all porous surfaces like your carpets and granite countertops should be thoroughly sanitized or replaced if necessary.  Finally, it’s time to relax in your new home!

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