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.