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Security-Related Steps To Take Upon Moving Into A New Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting time that comes with a lengthy to-do list. Once you get moved in, your thoughts might immediately shift toward unpacking and getting the house set up, but you should also give some thought to your family's safety. There are a number of security-related steps that you should plan to complete as quickly as possible after you've moved into a new home. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind.

Change The Door Locks

While it's probably unlikely that the previous homeowner is planning to return to the residence, gain entry with a copy of his or her old house key, and steal your items or harm your family, this isn't a risk that you want to take. The simplest solution to this risk is to schedule a locksmith to arrive at your home on moving day. Even if you're busy with the move, the locksmith can quickly change the locks on all of the home's doors so that when your head hits the pillow at the end of the day, you won't have to worry about who might have a key and wish to enter the residence.

Protect The Windows With Locks

Some windows have the ability to be locked, while others do not. When you move into the new house, take a few minutes to check the nature of the windows. This is especially important with the windows on the ground floor, but it's also worthwhile to consider the security of those on your second floor, too. If there's no way of locking the windows — which may be the case if you're moving into an older home with older windows — the simplest solution is to buy as many window locks as you need and install them on your moving day, or simply have your locksmith take care of this job. Or, if you're too busy, assign this task to a capable helper you recruited for the move.

Research Security Systems

Although you may not have time to arrange the installation of a security system on your moving day, it's a good idea to make this topic a priority in the days ahead. You can easily find a security system that suits your budget, and various types of systems will offer a wide range of services from basic to enhanced. Upon finding the right system, you can arrange to have it installed in a timely manner so that you can feel comfortable about your family's security in your new home.

Talk with a company like Bob's Lock & Key for more recommendations.