Congratulations on your home! It’s exciting to move into a brand new house. But, before settling in, be sure that your family is secure. How? Start by following this home security checklist.

Install Alarms

Your dream home is complete and the keys have been handed over. But wait! Before you move in, you will want to be sure that your family is safe. This means installing a professional alarm system.

It doesn’t matter how safe the neighborhood, you are still at risk of a break-in. In fact, statistics show that a home is burglarized somewhere in the United States every 15 seconds — and may of those break-ins occur in middle and upper-class neighborhoods.

Alarms are a great way to keep those you want out and those you love safe. You don’t have to turn your home into Fort Knox; a few well-placed alarms can offer both a safeguard and give you peace of mind when away. And don’t forget to place those security signs and stickers where they can be seen. Experts agree that good signage works to deter criminals as much as the alarms themselves.

Install Motion Detector Lights

Motion detector lights aren’t just a good way of deterring criminals — they can also offer light when needed, so guests and residents don’t trip and fall. Some of the best places to install motion detector lights include:

  • Driveway
  • Walkways
  • All entry points (garage, back door, front door)
  • Around places that are hard to see or that can be a security risk (i.e., basement doors and windows, back areas of lawns, etc.)

Who knew that your landscaping could pose a security risk? Larger trees, shrubs, and bushes can all decrease visibility, giving burglars a place to hide and sneak around your property.

Keep Your Landscaping Trimmed

Who knew that your landscaping could pose a security risk? Larger trees, shrubs, and bushes can all decrease visibility, giving burglars a place to hide and sneak around your property. Here are some landscaping tips to increase your home’s security:

  • Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed to three feet or less
  • Keep trees trimmed back so that larger limbs do not hover near windows
  • Plant thorny bushes around windows
  • Use crunchy ground gravel around windows and entryways (this will create noise if someone is lurking there)

Install Timers on Lights and Appliances

One of the best ways to deter a burglary is to make your home look occupied, even when it isn’t. An easy way to do this is to install timers on lights and appliances, like the television. That way, it will look like someone is home.

While using individual timers on lights can be effective, today’s smartphone technology allows you to have more control while away. For instance, if you are going to be stuck at the office late, you can activate a few lights throughout the house at normal times so that no one knows you are late.

In addition, smartphones allow homeowners to alternate which lights are turned off and on when away, unlike timers which are activated at the same time each night. By alternating lights throughout the evening, the house will have a more lived-in look.

Rely On Your Neighbors for Help

Once you get to know your new neighbors, rely on them to help keep your home safe and secure. Not only can they keep an eye out while you are away, but they can bring in the mail and newspapers and even shovel the walk or mow the grass to make the property appear occupied when you are gone. While all of the other safety guards listed here work well, nothing beats the eyes and ears of a good neighbor when it comes to warding off trouble.

Nothing is more exciting than building your dream home. But don’t forget the important step of home’s security when building or remodeling. Be sure to talk with the experts at Hannah Custom Homes & Remodeling for more home security tips.

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