The excitement of moving into your new home is virtually unrivalled. It is a milestone for young people who are buying for the first time, and for families and older couples it is a fresh start and a new challenge. There is so much going on in these instances that it is very easy to get carried away, forget things and allow for supposedly less important details to be pushed to the back of the priorities list. One thing is for sure though: Security should always be very high on the agenda. Below are five tips on how to get a head start with your security:
Get Home and Contents Insurance
You may already have home and contents insurance from your previous address, but you will need to update the information to fit in with your new address right away or you may not be covered in the event that anything should happen. In the case of first time buyers, it is very important to get insurance as soon as possible. There are a number of websites offering great deals, and comparison websites will make your life even easier. You will feel much more secure when you are covered.
Check Alarms are Working
Going through your new home and checking that the security alarm and smoke alarms are working sufficiently should be a priority. In the event of a fire – regardless of how small it may be – a smoke alarm will give you the best chance to stop the fire from spreading, and give you the best chance of escape if the fire is large. Check that batteries are fitted and test the alarm as soon as possible. In the case of your security alarm, read the instructions carefully and give the alarm a test. If an intruder was to break in, you will want them to be met with the sound of a loud, working alarm.
Double Check Windows and Doors
Any points of entry in your home should be checked to ensure that they could not be used as a vantage point for an intruder or cause damage to your home in the event of adverse weather conditions or flooding. This includes windows, doors, your roof, conservatory and garage door. If you need to replace any, make this a priority as soon as possible.
Get To Know The Neighbours
Having a pleasant relationship with your neighbours is very advantageous, as they will be a big part in your life for as long as you live in your home. If you are on holiday or away for any period of time, your neighbour will most likely keep an eye out for any suspicious activity, and if you’re lucky, collect your mail and feed your pets!
Explore Your Garden
It is always a good idea to check over your garden to make sure the fencing is of a good standard and that the hedgerows cannot be used by intruders to gain access to your property. By keeping on top of your garden and not allowing for it to become overgrown, you stand less of a risk of being targeted by intruders.
About the author: Daley is a new homeowner so he understands how important it is for property to be secure. He works alongside www.sgg-ltd.co.uk to help give homes the highest level of security possible.