Household Safety for New Homeowners
The good news is that you are now a homeowner with keys finally in your hand. However, it’s important that this role comes with many responsibilities to protect your new property. Ensuring the safety of your family and belongings should be the priority. As soon as you move into your new abode, check out these essential household safety tips.
- Introduce yourself to your neighbors
Good neighbors are hard to find, so get on the right foot with your neighbors immediately. A good relationship with them will make them more likely to alert you if there is something strange occurring in or around your home. You can also get advice from them about the neighborhood,
- Test the smoke alarms
Go through the house and check that the smoke alarms are all in good working condition. Replace the batteries, if necessary. Also, ensure that the home has carbon monoxide alarms. If it doesn’t, consider installing them.
- Get new locks
The locks on your exterior doors are your home’s main security feature. You have no idea whether the previous homeowner shared their keys with anyone and, therefore, you have no idea how many people have access to your home. In addition, you should enter a new code if the home has a garage door with an automatic opener.
- Maintain your yard
Consider cutting back the bushes and trimming the trees. A well-groomed landscape is an important aspect of home security, as many thieves could use bushes to hide in. Keep the shrubbery trimmed back so that there are few hiding spots.
For more information, check out how homeowners can prevent property crimes.