Buying your first home is an exciting milestone, but with all the things you need to consider it can also be a nerve-wracking experience. As a first-time homeowner, one aspect that you don’t want to neglect is the safety and security of your new home.
New homeowners are especially susceptible to security risks as they are just getting familiarized with their new home and neighborhood. Learn how to increase your home security with these expert tips for first-time homeowners from our team at Arpel.
1 – Assess Before You Buy
During the house-hunting phase, research the area’s property and violent crime rates. You should also consider whether there are neighborhood watch programs and other city initiatives that may heighten the safety of the neighborhood. Other factors to consider are how accessible the neighborhood is to outside traffic and how close it is to major roads, as criminals tend not to venture too far from familiar places.
2 – Drive Around the Neighbourhood
When it comes to gauging a neighborhood, there is really no substitute for walking or driving around. Be sure to drive around at different times of the day and week. Besides noticing traffic patterns and nearby amenities, you should be able to spot any security risks. For example, if you see a lot of bars and security barriers on the doors and windows, that’s probably not the best sign. All the data in the world can’t replace the actual gut feeling you get when you go through a neighborhood and get a first impression of how safe you feel!
3 – Meet Your Neighbours
Take the time to introduce yourself to your new neighbors. As current residents, they can provide relevant and honest feedback about the latest neighborhood crime and safety concerns. This will give an idea of what security precautions you may need to take. Neighbors will also be your future support system as they can help keep an eye on your home when you are away.
4 – Identify Your Local Emergency Services
After meeting your neighborhoods and being aware of crime trends in your neighborhood, determine the proximity of your local emergency services, such as the fire department and police department. Include this information while forming a security plan in case of an emergency so you are aware of what to do or who to contact when suspicious activity is seen.
5 – Perform a Home Security Audit
Conduct a general home security audit by inspecting your home’s entry points and identifying any outdated or malfunctioning locks and windows. Be sure to check on your exterior landscape and lighting as they also play a role in deterring would-be criminals. Having a well-maintained and well-lit exterior helps your home achieve an at-home look even when you are away. If your new home doesn’t have outdoor motion-sensor floodlights already, you can install them on the outside corners of your home for additional security.
6 – Update Your Locks
The previous owner, realtor, landscapers or neighbors could have a key to your new home. When you move into your new home, hire a locksmith to replace your locks or rekey them, and don’t forget to re-code your garage door opener.
7 – Install a Home Security System
Get an Arpel monitored home security system installed in your new home. This is the best way to prevent and protect against break-ins, fire, flooding, medical emergencies, and other security issues. Arpel’s monitored alarm system includes motion sensors, door/window contacts, and glass break detectors that trigger an audible alarm to ward off intruders. Wireless keypads and key fobs allow you to control your alarm from anywhere inside or near your house.
With a high-quality security camera and alarm system installed in your new home, you can not only scare-off would-be burglars, but it helps to lower your insurance costs and gives you peace of mind even when you’re away from home.
Choose Arpel’s Local Security Experts
With over four decades of home-security experience in Metro Vancouver, you can trust Arpel Security to design and implement a security system that is a perfect fit for you and your home. Contact us today for a free estimate!