Buyer Step 21: Secure Your New Home

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Step 21 to Buying a Home: Secure Your New Home

Living in a new home comes with a lot of rewards, but there’s also some risk as well.  Therefore, consider securing your new home by installing some security measures:

Things I Think Are Must Have Security Measures.

1. Re-key all of your door locks.  You just never know who still has a key to your new home.  Better to be safe than sorry and have a locksmith rekey the existing locks on all of your exterior doors. This is a MUST for all buyers. Many home warranty companies provide this service. Set this appointment up with your home warranty company or a locksmith. 

2. Install an alarm system.  There are many alarm companies out there. Find one that works for you. 

3. Put a peep hole in your front door if it doesn’t already have one. This isn’t hard to do and can normally be installed by a handyman. If your door has side-lights (windows panes beside the door) you will not need a peep hole. 

4. If you have a sliding glass door, buy a thick wooden dowel and keep it in the door track on the floor when the door isn’t open.  I also recommend adding a jimmy plate and an auxiliary lock to any patio doors.

Take any additional security measures you think are necessary for your neighborhood.