Checklist When Moving to New House
Planning to move to Naples? creating a home safety checklist is an important step that you’ll want to reference before, during, and after you move. Though it may feel cynical, you should consider all potential risks before you commit to buying your new home so that you can keep yourself, your family, or your assets safe.
Luckily, it’s easy enough to go through the following steps to ensure your safety. Read the following guide as you begin to plan your move:
What to do before you move
When you’re looking into a new area, you’ll of course be looking to make sure there’s a grocery store nearby, checking out the school districts if you have children, and seeing what your commute to work will be like. But on top of that, First get to know the area.
you should also be looking into how safe your neighborhood is and do your research on Naples crime rates. You can search for news about crime in the local area, check local police scanners and social media accounts, and do other online research. Additionally, you should visit the area you plan to move to at different times of the day so that you’re certain you feel safe at any time. You can ask neighbors or former owners of the house you’re moving into as well to get their insights into the safety of the area.
Plan to secure your home
When you finally find your dream home, you’ll want to look for potential security flaws so you can start to plan your move. If you have enough time, it’s ideal to find a reputable locksmith to change all of your locks and keys prior to moving into your new home.
Look for potentially weak entry points and walk around the home at night to find areas of your house and yard that could use more lights. It’s a good idea to take inventory of sliding glass doors and windows and count if there are any missing security rods. If so, a sliding door lock upgrade or a wooden dowel can add an extra layer of security for your sliding glass doors.
Make note of any alarm systems and extra security features that have been added. Do your research to see if the home’s features are suitable as is, or if you will need to plan for some upgrades.
What to do during your move Call a local locksmith
The best way to ensure that you’re protected in your new home is by changing the keys and locks on all doors. You never know how many copies the previous owners made and who they gave them out to (for example, does the next-door neighbor who you’ve never met yet have a key to your house?). On a related note, you’ll have to ensure that any pre-existing alarm systems are updated and registered once you move in so that they don’t hold any information for the previous owners. Again, you don’t know who has access to the system, and you don’t want to risk that information falling into the wrong hands.
Get settled as soon as possible
When it comes to actually moving into your new home, you should make sure that you watch the boxes and furniture that is moved into your home. Don’t leave anyone alone with your stuff, and don’t let your items sit out on the sidewalk for too long. It’s a good idea to get your items inside as soon as possible because being new to a neighborhood can make you a target for robbers scoping out their next house. You’ll want to put up blinds or curtains as soon as possible so that nosey neighbors or thieves can’t look inside your windows and take inventory of your belongings.
What to do after you move
Practice securing your assets. Once you’ve updated all alarm codes, you’ll want to get yourself into the habit of checking your new home. All doors and windows should be locked when you go to sleep or leave the house. Don’t make yourself an easy target. Another easy thing to do is make sure your garage and vehicles are secure. If you can organize your garage to that you can easily park your vehicle inside, it will be more secure than if it were sitting in your driveway.
If you do need to park your car outside, make sure your keyless ignition fobs are secured in a RFID signal blocking bag or safe inside your house so thieves can’t use a signal boosting transmitter to drive away with your vehicle. You can add additional security by installing motion sensor lights around your garage to alert you if there is anyone nearby that you otherwise might not see. Nothing will make a potential robber think twice like drawing attention to them with a large floodlight. It Doesn’t Hurt to Be Prepared It’s not paranoia to make sure that your home is safe. Make sure you’re doing all that you can to keep intruders out so you can have your peace of mind in your new home.
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