You’ve finally found your dream home in Albuquerque and moved in. It’s an exciting time for everyone. But how safe is your new home? There’s no need to be too paranoid about the safety of a home when you move in. But it really is a good idea to take a close look at certain key areas of your new home to make sure your family is as safe as possible in their new home. You want to make sure your new home in Albuquerque is a place where everyone feels secure.
Here are a few things to consider when it comes to making sure your new home is as safe as it can be:
Change the locks
Do you know how many people have keys to your new home? The previous owners may have given you their keys, but you can’t be sure of who else they may have given them to over the years. All you need to do is change the locks and that problem is solved.
Install a security system
Home theft can happen to anyone. Today your neighborhood may be safe, but that can change at any time. You can install an affordable security system with just a couple of cameras or a smart doorbell if you don’t have a large budget. Modern systems give you a great variety of options to monitor activity in your home. No matter what type of system you choose, any system is better than no system.
Meet the neighbors
Getting to know your neighbors is the oldest security system around. Sure, they can’t watch your front door 24/7, but they can be an extra layer of protection. Try your best to meet your new neighbors so they know your faces and can better tell when someone doesn’t belong on your property.
Think like a thief
You can have some fun with this suggestion. You can pretend you’re the intruder and find weak points in your home. Then you can take steps to make those areas more secure. Just don’t look too suspicious and spook your new neighbors.
Give it a once over
Go through your home and check to see if windows and doors open, close, and lock as they’re supposed to. Check for other issues such as loose wires, loose floorboards, and other potential safety issues. Make sure any issues you discover are fixed as soon as possible.
Take a close look at your garden and back yard for any hazards, such as poorly installed sprinklers, rusty fencing, or any sharp objects laying around. You can never be sure what the previous owner has left behind.
One trick you can do with landscaping is to have gravel placed below windows so you can hear an intruder more easily if they try to get in that way. Also keep plants trimmed to reduce dark areas where intruders can hide.
Check that the important appliances like the stove, gas pipes and dryer vents are all working smoothly. If any of the wiring looks old, replace it.
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