One of people’s biggest goals is to be able to buy a new home – not a house, a home! January 2020 is the start of the new year and the start of a NEW DECADE! We at Complete Home Security have put together a few tips to keep you safe while searching for your dream home.

TIP 1: LOOK AT LANDSCAPING

Keep an eye out for where trees and shrubs are placed relative to your house. If you live in a two story house, a tree next to an open two story window is an invite for intruders. Large bushes in front of front doors help conceal someone picking your lock.

TIP 2: REPLACE LOCKS

It might seem silly, but replace all locks on main entrances like front doors and side doors. You never know how many keys the previous tenants made, lost, or gave to old pet sitters. Any of these people potentially have access to your new home, and it’s hard to gauge people’s intentions.

TIP 3: CHECK ENTRANCE STRUCTURES

Regardless of if you’re moving into a house or an apartment, it’s important to check  the structure of entrances. It’s easier for a burglar to break the window and reach to open the door, than it is for the burglar to break a door or pick a lock. We recommend a minimum of 20 inches between any windows and main entrances. 

TIP 4: VERIFY YOUR HOUSE’S AGE

If the house is older than 1978, the house is more likely to have lead based paints to make the walls shiny. If this is the case, get the paint removed as soon as possible to prevent anyone in the home getting lead poisoning, especially is there will be children under age 6.

TIP 5: GET A HOME SECURITY SYSTEM!

A security system allows you to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. Security systems have also been proven to prevent homes from being burgled. Homes without security systems are 300% more likely to get burgled than homes with security systems.

TIP 6: GREET YOUR NEIGHBORS.

This one might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often it’s overlooked. Your neighbors are your first line of defense. If you greet them they will know who is living in your home, so when someone tries to crawl through the window they will know it’s a burglar and not your 12 year old son who forgot his keys.

Regardless of where you decide to make your home, ask yourself: are you complete?