Almost no matter how secure your neighborhood, the riskiest time for your new (or old) home, is the time it’s sitting vacant, even if it’s just for a few days.
You might not think so. After all, the house is empty. What is there to steal? You’d be surprised what crafty thieves can do. It’s not unheard of for vacant homes to be stripped down to their studs, so copper pipes, appliances, etc can hit the black market.
The good news is, you can secure your new home fairly easily, and according to a variety of budgets.
Alert the authorities
Use the police non-emergency number to let them know your house will be vacant. Let them know when you’ll be moving in. You should also notify your local post office, and let them know to hold any mail.
Alert the neighbors
Now is a perfect time to introduce yourself to the neighbors. Share your moving schedule with them. Note that it’s also a good idea to let your old neighbors know you are moving. Fake moving trucks are a common scam for big burglaries.
Make the home look lived-in
If you are allowed, go to the house. Turn on lights, or better yet, set them with a scheduler. Put window treatments up and make sure they are closed, at least at night. If you can, park a car in the driveway.
Check for security vulnerabilities
Take a tour around your new property. Are there any broken windows or doorways that won’t completely close? Is there overgrown shrubbery near doors and windows? Make sure all possible entrances are secure (including the back gate), and not obscured from the public.
Invest in an alarm system
Installing an alarm system might be tricky, especially if you don’t yet have keys to your new home, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. If you do have keys, now’s a good time to set up your alarm. If you can’t install an alarm, ask for a sign from your alarm company, and put it in the front yard.
Invest in cameras
While cameras usually come with alarm installation, if you don’t have direct access to the house, find out if you can install one (or more) outside.
Change the locks
Again, you’ll need the keys, but you always want to change the locks before moving into a new home.
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