Whether you're a first-time buyer or you already have your feet firmly on the property ladder, moving home is an exciting time in your life.
You may have found your dream home or you may be looking forward to relocating to a new area - no matter your reasons, the process of moving home brings hopes of future happiness for you and your family.
You might also know that completing a house move can be a very busy time. Why? Well, there are just so many things to think about - dealing with solicitors, arranging your finances and packing up your belongings to name a few. For some of us, simply the thought of having to do DIY can be incredibly frightening! If anything gets missed or a problem arises along the way, it's not uncommon for you and your family to experience some levels of anxiety and stress.
Following a 'Moving Home Checklist'
It makes sense that the most effective way to reduce stress is to try to be as prepared as possible. When looking ahead to a move, many people refer to a 'Moving Home Checklist' to help ensure they don't forget the most important tasks. These usually contain a list of key tasks, arranged in order of priority to help you stay on top of what needs to be done in the weeks leading up to your move.
In the process of writing this article, we've done some digging around online for checklists and have been quite shocked to see how often home security is not included within the considerations. We believe making sure your new property is going to be secure should be one of the most important priorities when preparing to make a move. It's also important to make sure your existing property stays secure until the new owners move in. Scroll down for our Moving Home Security Checklist, which we've put together to fill in the gap.
Why is home security so important?
Your home is where you should find comfort and relaxation. It's where you should feel safe. You have a right to peace of mind and in an ideal world, you wouldn't have to worry about your home ever becoming at risk.
However, it's an unfortunate fact that there are people who make a living from taking this right from others. Burglary and theft have been common crimes since civilisation began, and in modern times, burglary remains one of the most committed crimes in the world.
Home security is important because putting measures in place can help ensure the likelihood of your home becoming a target for burglars is as low as possible. There are a number of ways to help reduce the risk to your home. These include fitting simple checks into your daily routine, investing in burglar deterrents and installing a professional security system, such as an Intruder Alarm or CCTV cameras.
Moving is a great time to review
Moving is a great time to review your security needs. You'll already be spending time switching utilities, comparing rates and thinking about new purchases. You may even have set a budget for getting set up in your new home. Spare some time to research your new area. What's the crime rate like? Is there a Neighbourhood Watch scheme set up? This will help you decide whether investing in home security should be one of your top priorities.
Leaving your previous home
Before leaving your previous home, it is important to make sure it is left as secure as possible. If there is an Intruder Alarm installed, you should still set the alarm as normal before you move out. It may seem easier not to bother, but this leaves it vulnerable in the time between you leaving and the new owner moving in. Pass on any alarm codes to the Estate Agent so they can inform the new owners when they collect the keys.
Securing your new home
The last thing you want after moving into a new home is to suffer from an incident such as burglary, and if you're used to having proper security measures in place, you should aim to take your existing good practice with you.
It's always worth trying to find out if there are existing security measures in place before you move in. If you're lucky, there may be a security system already installed, and the previous owners may leave you the relevant information. If not, you may want to consider the purchase of a new security system for your new property.
To help ensure security becomes part of your thinking when moving home, we've put together our own list of things to check before and after moving day.
Before moving in...
Contact your home insurance provider to ensure you will be covered from your first day in your new home.
Find out if there are any specific security requirements for your new property to ensure adequate insurance cover.
Pass details of the alarm codes/instructions to the Estate Agent, so the new occupiers are aware.
Keep your possessions in safe hands during the move and ensure someone is in attendance with the removal vehicle at all times.
Check the crime statistics in the area of your new home here.
After moving in...
If there is an Intruder Alarm fitted, try to continue using it.
If you would like to be extra cautious, you could change your locks in your new house, in case the previous occupiers still have some spare keys.
Hide any clues that could show any potential intruders that you have just moved in. Don't leave cardboard boxes in your recycling bins and put up blinds/curtains in your windows as soon as you move in so that potential intruders aren't able to look in.
Consider asking a professional security company to assess the system.
Keep your property looking occupied, so that potential thieves can't see or notice that you have just moved in.
Contact us for advice on home security
If you're looking to move home and are thinking about security, we're here to help advise you on the best solutions for you. Call our team on 01452 372626 or click here to enquire online.