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First-Time Home Buyers and Home Security: Protecting Your New House


Home security tips for first-time homeowners


Home Security Tips for First-Time Home Buyers


The thrill of owning your first home is unparalleled. It's a place to build memories, create a space that reflects your personality, and most importantly, establish a haven for you and your loved ones.


However, amidst the excitement of unpacking boxes and choosing paint colors, it's crucial to prioritize the safety and security of your new domain. As a first-time homeowner, navigating the world of home security may seem daunting, but fear not!


This guide is here to equip you with the knowledge and practical steps needed to transform your dream home into a fortress of security and peace of mind. From assessing potential neighborhoods to implementing a home security strategy, we'll explore home security tips to keep your home and family safe from entry points to security systems.


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Before You Sign: Laying the Foundation for a Secure Home


The location of your home plays a crucial role in its inherent security. So before looking at the home itself, take a step back and observe the larger area that surrounds your new home and my influence how safe you really are.


  • Understand the Neighborhood: The first rule of real-estate is location, location, location and that’s the only thing about your new home that you cannot change. Is your home located in a low-crime area? Ask police officers about your new address to get their experience.

  • Delve into the Data: Utilize online resources like CrimeMapping.com and local police department websites to access crime statistics for specific areas. While numbers don't tell the whole story, they provide valuable insights into the prevalence of different types of crime, helping you gauge the overall safety of the neighborhood.

  • Collaborate with Your Real Estate Agent: While fair housing laws limit what agents can disclose, they can offer valuable information on crime statistics, local safety initiatives, and existing neighborhood watch programs. Don't hesitate to ask questions and gather as much information as possible about he safety of the area around you home. Level with them about the information you need to make an informed decision. It’s in their best interest to help you.

Securing Your Sanctuary: Practical Steps for Immediate Protection


Once you've chosen your new home, it's time to take proactive steps to enhance its security and deter potential intruders.


  • Change the Locks: This is a fundamental first step. Replace or re-key all existing locks to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to your home. This eliminates the risk of previous residents or anyone with copied keys from entering your property. Yes, this is that important and every good real-estate agent will tell you the same thing.

  • Invest in a Home Security System: A reliable home alarm system acts as a powerful deterrent and provides immediate response in case of a break-in or other emergency. Explore options like SimpliSafe or Ring Alarm Pro, which offer comprehensive features such as motion sensors, door/window sensors, and surveillance cameras.

  • Activate Professional Monitoring: While self-monitoring is an option, professional monitoring services provide an extra layer of security and peace of mind. Having trained professionals watch over your home 24/7 ensures a prompt response in case of an alarm activation, even if you're unavailable or unable to respond yourself. This is one of the easiest security measures to enact for your new house.

  • Integrate with Your Smartphone: Choose a home security system that offers remote access and real-time alerts through a smartphone app. This allows you to monitor your home from anywhere, arm/disarm the system remotely, and receive instant notifications if any sensors are triggered.

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Maintaining Vigilance: Ongoing Strategies for Home Safety


  • Protect Your Personal Information: Be mindful that your personal information, including your name, new address, and phone number, may be accessible through public records and data brokers. This happens after property records are processed.

    • Utilize services like DeleteMe to manage your online privacy and remove your information from these sites, reducing the risk of identity theft and unwanted solicitations. Use discount code DAD at checkout for 20% off a plan of your choice.

  • Secure Your Garage: Ensure your garage door is in good working condition and equipped with a strong lock. Avoid leaving the garage door open or unattended, as this provides easy access to your home and valuables. Don't forget that the garage is the largest entry point (and doors) on your home.

  • Home Security Cameras: Strategically placed security cameras, both indoors and outdoors, can provide visual surveillance, deter criminal activity, and provide valuable evidence in case of an incident.

Home Security for New Home Buyers


Owning your first home is exciting, but ensuring its safety can be overwhelming. My eBook, "Home Security for First-Time Homeowners," is your comprehensive guide to creating a secure haven. From assessing neighborhoods and choosing security systems to creating a family emergency plan and implementing smart home technology, this eBook from The Secure Dad provides practical, step-by-step instructions to protect what matters most. Plus there is a two-page checklist to help track your success. Invest in your peace of mind and build a secure future for your family.


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Home Defense for New Home Buyers Conclusion


Creating a secure home environment is an ongoing journey, not a one-time task. As you settle into your new role as a homeowner, remember that vigilance and adaptation are key. Stay informed about emerging security threats and technologies, regularly reassess your home's vulnerabilities, and involve your family in maintaining a culture of safety.


By taking proactive steps and prioritizing security, you're not just protecting your property; you're investing in the well-being and peace of mind of your loved ones. As your family grows and evolves within these walls, so too will your security needs. Embrace the responsibility, remain proactive, and build a legacy of security that will safeguard your haven for years to come.



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Andy Murphy

Andy Murphy founded The Secure Dad in 2016 with the aspiration to help families live safer, happier lives. What started as a personal blog about family safety has turned into an award-winning podcast, an Amazon best-selling book, and online courses. He focuses his efforts in the areas of home security, situational awareness, and online safety.

 

Andy is a husband and father. His interests include coaching youth basketball, hiking, and trying to figure out his 3D printer.

 

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