If you are preparing to move to a new location, there are so many important things to think about! To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of items to check that will help secure your new property and ensure that you and your family have peace of mind in your new residence.
FOR EXISTING HOMES
1) Acquaint yourself with the neighborhood:
Take the time to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. Let them know who you are and who will be living (coming and going) in your new home.
Find who is active in the neighborhood watch group. Meet with them to introduce yourself and offer to do what you can to contribute.
Take the time to locate the local police, fire, rescue stations, and hospitals to understand routes and response times.
Reacquaint yourself with any features of the location like local ponds, pools, walking trails, and parks so you can review safe usage of these areas with your family.
2) Take inventory and fix/enhance the safety aspects of the property:
Check how well the entry, walkways, driveway, yard space, and window areas are lit. Add lighting (motion sensor lighting is great) where lighting is not adequate.
Examine the landscaping for overgrown or poorly placed bushes that can block out lighting or give potential intruders a place to hide, especially near doors and windows.
3) Re-examine the doors to the exterior:
Doors should be built out of metal or with solid wood cores and have deadbolts. Sometimes the most aesthetically pleasing decorator doors offer the least amount of safety from intrusion. Glass panels in or next to the doors offer easy access for intruders. When possible, replace doors that offer sub-par security before moving in for ease of mind and convenience.
4) Check your home security system:
A security system can give you peace of mind when moving to a new area and home.
If a system is already installed, have it checked out, upgraded if needed, and activated as soon as you move in. Upgraded systems can include touchscreens, a mobile app for communication with the security system, automation features, and cameras strategically positioned around your residence and property.
Make sure that either you or a security system professional check out the window and door sensors for proper functioning. Take the time to test each location and alignment of the motion sensors to ensure they are properly aimed and positioned for maximum benefit.
If your new home doesn’t have a security system, consider adding one. They are an effective method for ensuring your new residence will offer you the safety and security your family desires. And it may help save on your homeowner’s insurance.
Secur-Tek, Inc. is here to help with your home security needs. We can complete a security audit of your home and design an upgrade or new system that is right for you and your location. Contact us by calling 919.387.1800 .
IF YOU ARE BUILDING A NEW HOME
The best time to install features like security systems, home automation, whole-house audio systems, and central vacuums is during construction.
Secur-Tek installs both wired and wireless security systems. For new homes under construction, we recommend a wired system (you will have less maintenance with fewer batteries to change).
What system would be best for your new home?
|New homes under construction||Install a wired system as it will have less maintenance with fewer batteries to change|
|Existing homes wanting a security system installed||Install a wireless system|
|Home renovations||Add wireless system or wireless components to an existing Honeywell security system|
|Existing home security system||Upgrade systems to include features to enhance security and convenience:
• A mobile app for communication with the security system
• Automation features,
• A doorbell camera
• Camera system with motion detectors
Please call our office or use the form below to see how we can assist you with your new home.
Secur-Tek is locally owned and operated in Apex, NC, offering home and business security, monitoring, automation audio and central vacuum systems. We proudly serve: Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Chapel Hill, Clayton, Garner, Holly Springs, Durham, Raleigh, Morrisville, and Pittsboro in North Carolina.