Making the transition from renter to homeowner is an exciting time. You can finally paint the walls to your liking, decorate your yard with flowers and trees, and there’s no landlord to answer to. Before you unload the moving truck and get comfy in your new abode, consider these often overlooked, but important, to-do’s before you move in:
Swap the Locks or Keys
Although it may not be the first thing on your mind after you’ve purchased your new home, swapping the locks or keys should be at the top of your to-do list. Many homeowners make multiple copies of keys and pass them out to their family, friends, neighbors and even contractors. It’s highly likely that the previous homeowner did the same.
You can either change your locks or rekey them. However, replacing the locks is more difficult and invasive. Advanced Key recommends replacing the locks only if they’re unreliable or if you want to upgrade to stronger styles. Conversely, rekeying is relatively simple. During the rekeying process the tumbler configuration is altered so the new key will function and the old key will not. Call a local locksmith to learn more about rekeying your new home.
Swapping the locks and keys of your new home is just the first step in taking control of your home security. The next step may be installing a high-tech surveillance system to give you the utmost peace of mind.
ADT offers home security systems that use both video cameras and recorders to monitor the activity inside and around your new home. The footage can be accessed remotely via your smartphone, television or computer monitors or through the company website. An additional ADT package called Home Security offers 24/7 flood, fire and carbon monoxide monitoring. If an alarm is triggered, a notification will be sent to you right away. And, in the case of a fire, the local fire department will be notified immediately.
After the installation is complete and the system is set up, you’ll have access to a team of experienced ADT professionals that can answer your questions 24/7. Visit the ADT website for more information to determine which home security package is right for you.
If your new home wasn’t exactly new when you purchased it, it’s best to have a pest control professional or exterminator examine the entire property before you move in. Many pests, such as termites or rodents, stay hidden and do not make themselves known until they cause severe damage.
Before you move in, survey the property and check for signs of an infestation. Check outside around wooded areas like wood fencing, decks and flowerbeds for signs of termites or bees. Then, inspect your carpet, mattress, electrical plates and blinds for signs of bed bugs. If you’re not sure what to look for and want to know common signs and prevention methods,check a website like Pest Control for more information. And, if you do notice signs of an infestation, such as flying swarms, cracks in your walls or droppings, contact an exterminator immediately.