You’re moving to a new home! It’s exciting and a lot of work. You’ll have the opportunity to make friends and explore a new neighborhood. You’ll no doubt want to spend the first few weeks in your new place making it feel comfortable, cozy and organized.
Part of feeling comfortable at home is feeling safe. Before you start on the fun of deciding on a new decor, consider home security. An empty house or newly occupied house can look inviting to burglars. In between one resident moving out and another moving in, a home is often left unattended.
What steps can you take to make your new home more secure? Many times all it takes is a few changes. Here are some simple ways to make your home safer while you’re moving in.
Change the Locks
Hire a locksmith to change the locks in your new house. You’ll feel better knowing that spare keys to your home aren’t in the hands of strangers. If you’re an enthusiastic DIYer, you can change the locks yourself. Home improvement stores carry all sorts of great looking hardware for doors, including rekey kits, standard knobs, deadbolts and even keypad door entries. If you’re renting, ask the landlord to have the locks changed.
Add Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting, especially around entryways, makes a home more secure. Thieves don’t want to work under a spotlight. Replace burnt-out bulbs or add new fixtures around each entryway, including around the garage. Lighting does double duty: it makes your home safer and more attractive.
Reprogram the Garage Opener Code
If you have an automatic garage door opener, reprogram the code. Some security experts recommend reprogramming a garage door code from time to time. It’s a prudent practive even if you haven’t just moved into a new place.
Keep the Yard Tidy
Mow the lawn and trim overgrown shrubs and trees. An ungroomed yard makes a house look unoccupied. Plants that cover windows or obscure entryways are handy hiding places for those who are up to no good. A well-groomed yard makes your home look cared for and discourages thieves and vandals.
Get a Security System
Criminals don’t like loud alarms and cameras. You can hire a security company or install a system yourself. Do-it-yourself security cameras are widely available and affordable. They allow you to monitor your home from a smartphone or Internet-connected device. Some insurance companies will also give you a break on your rates if you have a security system installed.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
Introduce yourself to your neighbors. Neighbors look out for one another. If you need help or have an emergency, it’s good to know you have a friend right next door.
Hire a Portland Moving Company That Watches Out for You
Master Movers takes your safety seriously. Our movers are professionals who treat you and your belongings with respect. Staff at Master Movers have passed background checks. We’ll keep your property secure during a move. Let us help you with your move so you can focus on what counts: making your new house feel like a home.
Give us a call at (503) 762-1288 or contact us online.