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Home Improvement  /  July 7, 2022

3 Important Security Tips for New Homeowners

Being a new homeowner is pretty exciting. The fact that you have a place you can truly call your own provides an incredible sense of pride and satisfaction. But once you get down from that initial rush, you should start focusing on an important task – making sure your new home will remain safe and secure for you and your family. Here are a few tips.

1. Start by changing all the locks. There’s no way of knowing how many people have keys to your new home. Avoid making your home accessible by changing the locks in all exterior doors upon moving in. You may have already checked the security of the windows during the walkthrough, but it doesn’t hurt to examine them again. Look for any signs they were fiddled with. Have the hardware and locking systems replaced if they seem flimsy. While you’re at it, you should also reconfigure the code on your garage door.

2. Get to know the neighborhood. The more you know about your surroundings, the easier it will be to pinpoint anything that seems unusual or out of place. Take some time familiarizing yourself with the area. Introduce yourself to neighbors and get to know them. This provides a sense of community, but will also prove handy down the road. Neighbors can be the biggest deterrents to security threats. If they’ve become comfortable with you (and you with them), they can alert you or the police for anything that may seem off. 

3. Invest in quality home security features. You can deter security issues in your new home in a number of different and effective ways. For instance, you can:

  • Have a monitored home security and alarm system installed to help watch over your property. You can go for an option that triggers a call to the proper authorities when unwelcome entry is attempted.
  • Keep an eye on your home with surveillance cameras. Make sure they have a recorder that can capture videos 24/7. This way, you can review any events that you’ve missed. Position the cameras in strategic locations, preferable somewhere visible. The presence of cameras alone can usually repel any security threats.
  • Invest in smart lighting. There are options that switch on instantly when they detect movement. Some can even be controlled remotely or set on a timer. When your home and property are well-lit and fully visible, they become more difficult to access by anyone who shouldn’t be there.

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Handyman Connection® of Orange County specializes in a number of home upgrades. If you need a professional to install motion detectors and other security features for your new home, we are always ready and available. Call us today at (714) 288-0077, or fill out this convenient form to request a FREE estimate. We proudly serve the areas in and around Orange, CA.

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