There’s something truly thrilling about knowing that you’re never going to have to pay rent on something you don’t own again. And whether it’s your first time owning a home, or the next step in a new life with a new partner, nothing feels like being a grown-up quite like finally having your very own place. Of course, the process that gets you there involves a lot of work, sometimes stress, and endless piles of paperwork to fill out. But that shouldn’t be discouraging, as once everything is set in motion, it’s usually rather straightforward and easy to figure out.
However, while you’re figuring out the ins and outs of house payments or happily looking at the tower of boxes in your new foyer, it’s important to still have your wits about you for the next big step of a new house: home security. In fact, your careful attention to moving in is the first step towards making sure that robbers don’t see your house as a target. All of those different boxes that are practically screaming that their contents were once expensive television sets, computers, and other highly desirable items for your typical criminal. So don’t make it apparent what your new home houses by putting those boxes out on the corner with the regular trash. Break them down, or store them in garbage bags. After all, it’s not just your well-meaning new neighbors who are paying attention to the fact that you just moved. Those who are professional criminals are also on the lookout.
Another thing to consider when trying to get started on the best path possible towards home security in your new house is that this property might be considerably different than where you lived before. If you’re living in a house for the first time ever, then it might be helpful to take house-related security concerns into consideration. If you used to have a doorman or were used to the extra security that apartment buildings sometimes bring, then making the adjustment is going to be different, but not impossible.
The best thing to do with any house, new or old, is to have the added safety of a reliable home alarm system. If you’re going to be living in a house with more than one floor, it’s highly recommended that if you have an alarm that is older, you get a new alarm panel installed upstairs, next to the master bedroom. When you are easily able to set an alarm either before bed or when you’re leaving the house in the morning, you are more likely to actually remember to do it. After all, whether you have the fanciest alarm on the market or something slightly more simple, there’s no way it can possibly do its job if you aren’t setting it in the first place.
But of course, the home security of your new house is going to still involve the same common sense steps that you’ve been taking all along to ensure ha you and your property stay safe. Keeping doors and windows shut and securely locked, knowing your neighbors, and always checking to see that lights are on and security systems are armed are just some of the simple, no-brainer ways that you can protect your newest home and your biggest investment.