Moving House? A Security Checklist

Moving house can be a daunting time with many important issues and tasks to do. In the final week before you move, you should check the security of your property.

Safety and security are paramount and both the old and new homes need steps to be addressed in terms of keeping both properties secure.

Safety box for important documents while moving house

Before you begin to pack the furniture and clothing, take care of the important documents. The driving licence, passports, cheque books, wills and other vital documents need to be placed in a plain and sturdy box. You can also put there insurance papers, house deeds and cash.

It goes without saying that the box should be lockable and the key must be kept on a fob together with the rest of the important keys: house keys, car keys and the garage locks. The new property must be kept safe and secure during the days or weeks before you move in.

Moving into a new or an older property – differences

If you are moving into a new building, providing safety and security of the property includes installing alarms and CCTV. In the case of the older property, replacing locks is very important.

Many people who move into a new house forget about their previous  property, which can be offered for sale on the market. If you move into your new house and abandon your previous property, the passers-by may notice that your old house is now empty.

Squatters will easily target an empty property if the locks and security system had not been upgraded. There may not be much to steal inside, as your furniture was relocated to your new home, but unwelcome visitors will still take the interest in the property.

Secure your home in case of unwelcome visitors

Some houses have metal in the roofing system or copper in the water tank area or in the loft. Unscrupulous thieves can get money for the stolen metal, therefore the newly-vacated home must be secured.

The same rules apply to the home you are about to move into. If it is to be vacant, even for a few days, make sure its empty appearance does not attract unwelcome visitors. 

In recent years, home security has come a long way thanks to the introduction of the new technologies. Your new home deserves the best in terms of its security so that you can fully enjoy the experience of occupying your new property.