Congratulations on your new home. These are always exciting times for you and your family. While you are probably thinking of all the things you need to do before you settle in, you should also add one more item to you new home checklist; home security measures. Don’t just think of security as cameras and alarms. Security extends to being aware of your surroundings. We put together five tips to get you situated.
Get to know your neighborhood and surroundings
Have you ever traveled to a new place and felt a little uncomfortable? Don’t worry, it is all okay. Being uncomfortable makes you more alert and cognizant of your surroundings. While you settle into your new home, make sure you take the time to get to know your area. Get to know your neighbors and familiarize yourself with the ongoings around the neighborhood. This will make it easier to pinpoint unusual activity. This can be daily life, kids playing, or cars coming and going. The more you are aware of, the more likely you are to notice when something is out of the ordinary.
Change your door locks
Changing the locks is a great way to give you peace of mind after moving into a new home. Since you do not know who the past homeowner gave a key to, this should be top-of-the-list for you. This is also a great time to start thinking about home automation for outdoor security. Smart locks are a great way to know with certainty that you or a family member locked the door. Say goodbye to unlocked door doubt.
Install a smart home security system
Now that you are a homeowner, you will want to protect your investment. Nothing gives you peace of mind quite like a customized security system. You don’t need to go all out and build a fortress, but speak to an expert that will walk you through the best options for you and your home. Remember, not every house is the same and as such, each system is unique to the home.
Change the garage door system
This is something easily overlooked by new homeowners. Maybe you have switched the locks, but the overhead garage door opened was overlooked. This is a perfect time to install a MyQ garage system. With ASI Connect, we can integrate a trusted MyQ system to monitor your garage door and make sure it stays closed while you’re away.
Get to know your neighbors
In this world, we are connectedly disconnected. We tend to neglect one of the easiest backups for our home security system for ours home, our neighbors. Though they are not a sophisticated security system, they can help spot unusual activity around your house. Stop by, introduce yourself, and share phone numbers with each other.
Now, start unpacking and get settled in.