Top Tips for Securing Your Newly Bought House

by James Burbank

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When you buy a property, there are quite a few things to keep in mind. You have to do tons of paperwork; you need to make the actual move and you need to start thinking about doing up your new place, making it truly your own. One thing that you must never forget to do is secure your new property.

It is a well-known fact that burglars are very attentive of which properties have been sold in which neighbourhood and if it is a particularly attractive neighbourhood, they will dedicate their time and find the perfect moment when you have moved in the new place to break into it and get their hands on your property.

It is therefore important to secure your newly bought house as soon as possible.

Step #1 Change all the locks

Most people will do this anyway as soon as they purchase a house, but we feel that it is definitely something we need to point out. Before you even start moving into your new house, it is essential that you change the locks. This includes the locks on the windows, as well as the basement, the garage and any other possible point of entry. Educate yourself on the different types of locks and change them all. Also, if you notice that certain points of entry do not feature locks, this is the perfect time to correct this.

Step #2 Get to know your neighbours

This may seem like a far cry from the security of your new house, but in fact, this is one of the smartest things that you can do for your security. For one, you will have an ally in case you need to leave town and leave your new house empty. They will know the neighbourhood and they will know how to recognize someone who is not local who might be snooping around your house. Also, you may find out about the neighbourhood watch in your vicinity which you should approach as soon as possible, perhaps start taking part in it. It is very important that you get to know your neighbours.

Step #3 High tech security

When we say high-tech security, we mean alarm systems and other electronic devices which you can use to secure your newly bought house. A basic alarm system will not take you back too much and the experts we have talked to from an alarm monitoring firm in Melbourne have told us that a motion sensor light in front of the house and in the back is one of the best things for the security because it ensures that no one can approach the house without being spotted.

Step #4 Good practice

Finally, there are things that you should do and avoid doing if you want to ensure the security of your new property. For example, you should never, never leave your keys under a doormat or somewhere around the house. You should also keep your shrubs and hedges trimmed so that they cannot provide hiding spots for potential burglars. Another thing to avoid is letting people know that you are leaving your new house. Tell only your trusted neighbours and ask them to check up on your house every now and then. Be smart and stay safe.

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