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5 top security measures to consider when moving into your new home

Moving into a new home is a very exciting, but also potentially stressful time, with much to remember. While you are thinking about unpacking, what to decorate first, and where to place your furniture, spare a thought for your home security. Here are some of the first things you should address in your new home. You may even be able to arrange some of them before the move, but they will give you some peace of mind in this chaotic period!

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Ensure you insure

Ensure you insure

Your solicitor will have been inundating you with paperwork, inventories, contracts, search results and bills, to name a few. Of course these are all important, but notifying your insurance company that you are moving, and getting the new property insured from the date it is yours, is a really sensible thing to do. Get it sorted in the lead up to the move and you will be covered from any minor incident or mishap.

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Check window locks

Check window locks

For some reason window locks often get overlooked. Has your new home got them fitted? Has the previous owner left you a full set of keys? Most insurance companies insist on having window locks fitted, so ask about this before the move, and when you get the keys, check they cover all of the windows.

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Is your alarm up to scratch?

Is your alarm up to scratch?

Many houses often have an alarm fitted when you move in, saving you one more job to do. However, is that alarm up to standard? Do you have the manual so that you can make it fully operational? Most importantly, can you easily change the code? If it isn't up to scratch, get a new one!

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Store it away from prying eyes

Store it away from prying eyes

When you first move home it is difficult to get everything into its rightful place, especially if you don't even know where you want to put things. Just avoid the temptation to leave valuable items outside the home those first few days- get them locked up in a garage or shed. Out of sight is out of temptation – for others!

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Ensure your keys are only yours

Ensure your keys are only yours

You will of course be very excited when those keys are handed over to you. Time to move in! You should insist that all copies of the keys are provided, but how can you be sure? Many people give spare sets to others for emergencies, and forget to collect them back when they move out. The safest option is to change the locks. This can be arranged before the move so that as you move in, you can have peace of mind that you and your family will be the only people with access to the house.

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