There are so many things to consider when moving to a new home. From packing and organising removalists to notifying relevant parties of the new address, it’s easy to forget one of the most vital aspects – home security.
Keeping the home and family safe isn’t just about the moving process; it’s also about maintaining an ongoing sense of security in a new environment and ensuring loved ones continue to feel protected once the boxes have been unpacked. According to ADT Security expert, Darryn Bull, “Moving can be a very emotional experience. We naturally want to feel as safe and settled in the new location as we did in the previous home, even if the area seems initially unfamiliar. People will often seek out a security system to quickly provide this added peace of mind.”
To help make life a little easier, ADT Security has compiled the following tips on how to help keep the family, possessions and property safe before, during and after the move.
Before the move
If relocating to a new suburb, it’s wise to get a feel for the neighbourhood before moving in. Visit the area at different times of day, especially evenings, and chat to a few residents to gain some local insight.
Prior to moving may also be an ideal time to consider installing a monitored home security system. New homeowners can contact ADT Security for a complimentary and obligation free home security assessment. Having an experienced security expert review the home before moving in will help to identify security loopholes, which can then be addressed with a tailored security solution. This provides reassurance to new homeowners still getting to know their surroundings.
During the move
The process of moving possessions from one location to another can leave both properties vulnerable, as people tend to leave house and car doors wide open whilst they ferry boxes back and forth. To be better prepared and avoid unwanted attention from opportunistic thieves, consider the following:
- Don’t leave boxes unattended on the footpath
- Make sure someone stays with possessions at all times while carrying loads in and out of removal vehicles
- Change the locks before moving day as previous owners may have given spare keys to tenants or trades. Consider using a patented or restricted locking system where copies can only be made when proof of ownership is provided
- Check that contents insurance is up to date, and the policy has been transferred to the new address by moving day.
After the move
- Make the property look occupied even when it’s not, by using sensor lights or turning lights on and off at different times. The ADT Interactive Security app connects to key systems in the home to provide interactive benefits, controlled remotely via a smart device, including the ability to create scenes to make it look like someone is home
- Take time to meet immediate neighbours to help become familiar with the new street
- To maximise security, consider investing in a professionally monitored home alarm system. All ADT Security systems are monitored 24/7 so that in the event an alarm is triggered, the monitoring centre can immediately take action by contacting the householder or sending a patrol car to the house, if requested
- Use the ADT Interactive Security app to check in on live streaming cameras positioned around the house, including to see whether pets are settling in
- If someone forgets to arm the alarm system before leaving the house, it can easily be activated remotely with the ADT app.
By planning for security as part of the moving process, new homeowners can feel protected while they enjoy exploring their new neighbourhood. From a basic home security package through to live streaming and home automation solutions, ADT Security has professional home security systems to suit everyone’s needs.