When you move into a new home, you don't often consider the fact that the previous owner might still have a copy of the key or that they would attempt to gain access. However, it is better to be safe than sorry. Here are some ways to secure your home after you move in.
Change the Garage Door Code
All electronic access codes that get you into your home should be changed, such as your garage door. If you have a newer garage door opener, it might use a code to open it, as opposed to simply clicking a button on the remote. The old owners or tenants have this code and can get into your house, so make sure you change it first thing. Choose a numeric code that is not easy to guess and doesn't relate to you at all. This means it shouldn't be your address, phone number, or part of a family member's birthday. Change it periodically.
Have New Door Locks Installed
It is standard practice to change the lock when you move into a new home just to be sure the previous owner can't gain access if they made a copy of the key. However, you might want to get a different type of lock altogether. This not only keeps others out of your house, but it gives you the opportunity to upgrade to the highest-security door locks available. They might have had a standard lock on the door, and you want a double-cylinder deadbolt. Talk to a locksmith about installing a new door lock.
Check All the Windows
Also take a moment to check the security of the windows in your home. Even with a brand new door lock and secure garage, people might be able to get in through your windows. Test the windows to make sure they open and close correctly and that the window locks work. Also look for damaged pains or worn window parts that might make it easier for someone to break in through the windows. Try to get these issues repaired before you move in for maximum protection of your belongings and loved ones. It is also a good idea to check the sliding glass doors as well.
Install a Motion Sensor
As an additional safety measure, consider having a motion sensor installed. This will let you know when anyone is within a certain distance of your home. You can install the sensor in front and back of your house so you know where the person is when the alarm sounds. This can also deter criminals who are afraid of getting caught.