Safety Tips for New Homeowners
First off, congratulations on your new home! Buying your first home is an overwhelming and sometimes intimidating experience. It is also one of the biggest investments most people will make in their lifetime. For this reason, the stress of buying a new home can overshadow safety so we’ve put together a few simple safety tips that will help to ensure your home and family are protected.
- Locks: After picking up your keys to your new home, it’s important to change your locks as soon as possible. You never know how many people received spare keys prior to you moving in. Changing your locks will ensure that your family will be the only ones with keys.
- Garage Door: Similarly, to your doors, reset the garage door code. This way, past residents are not able to get into your new home and adds an extra level of home security.
- Windows: Windows can often be overlooked when you move into your new home. Do they open like they should? Do they lock? Check to make sure that all of your windows open easily, in case of an emergency. It’s also important to make sure that all windows are secured with locks as well.
- Detectors: Make sure all smoke detectors are properly working and have new batteries installed, and then test to see how loud the alarm works. The alarm needs to be loud enough to wake your family in the middle of the night. Furthermore, make sure to install a carbon monoxide detector as this is something you do not want to go unnoticed.
- Lights: Invest in motion-sensor security lights around the home. This will deter criminals from lurking around your home late at night. Also, install bright porch lights so you can enter your home safely at night. There are many smart security lights/options on the market that can be useful to keep your home safe.
- Home Security: Smart security has become one of the fastest growing industries in the smart home world making it very easy to monitor your own home. For example, products disguised as porch lights or doorbells can now monitor your front door all day and smartphone applications allow for 24/7 monitoring when you’re away.
- Wireless Security: Your home Wi-Fi is the easiest way to lose your personal information, so make sure that your Wi-Fi is password protected.
- Wiring: If you haven’t already, hire someone to come to your home and check your wiring. House fires can happen easily from faulty wiring. Also, cover any unused electrical outlets with clear caps – this is especially important if you have small children or curious pets.
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