Moving to Sydney? With all the unpacking of boxes, most homeowners overlook their home security. Secure your new Sydney home with these awesome tips of our friend Nathan.
Looking into moving to Sydney? Settling into a new home is a big adjustment for the entire family. The process of moving to another country entails planning and foresight. It is always good to have a little bit of local knowledge to make sure your move is as smooth and safe as possible.
Before You Buy
If you haven’t chosen where to live yet, it is a good idea to know which areas are susceptible to break and enter. Moving to Sydney is a great choice in that it is an amazing city, however like all cities, it has its areas of crime. Make sure you check Sydney’s local crime statistics and make sure your neighbourhood is safe.
Sydney is a very multicultural city. We have a great food, amazing local festivals and a diverse mix of cultures. Research the different Sydney demographics to discover the best place for you.
Also, if you have any friends in Sydney, give them a call and show them the properties you are thinking of purchasing or renting. They will be able to give you some local knowledge of the area, and check out the property for you.
Setting Up Your New Home
So you have found the perfect home in Sydney and just arrived. You and the family are glad to be off the plane and on solid land. The excitement of a new home and a new start is sustaining you from the inevitable jet lag. Often in this time, the security of your home can go forgotten.
Between moving furniture, organising utilities, and unpacking boxes, most homeowners often overlook security of the new home. We all know that thieves are indeed opportunistic by nature and might prey into those who are considered to be an easy target. Before you settle into your new home in Sydney, you will need to address security. Here are tips to secure your new home.
Change The Locks
If you have bought a new home make sure you change the locks. This must be one of the first things that new homeowners should do. You have no idea how many copies of your keys are unaccounted for. Call a locksmith to get the job done as soon as possible.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to replace every single lock in the house. A more affordable option is to get the locks rekeyed. It’s cheaper, and also has the added benefit of reducing the number of different keys you would have to carry about.
If you are renting, you will not be able to change the locks unless you have expressed permission from your landlord. If you do want to change the locks, check with them first.
Check Your Home Security
Conduct a security audit around your new home and property. Walk around and try to think the same as a thief. You must consider addressing any maintenance issues, like fences, that might require repairing or shrubs and trees which require trimming back.
It is also important to check the locks on all windows and doors in order to make sure that they are not loose or damaged. If you find any faulty locks, get them replaced or repaired.
Install A Security System
One of the most effective ways to keep your home secure is to consider monitored home security. With this, the security of your home greatly increases.
If your new home already has a security alarm installed, make sure you get a detailed run-through on how it works. Check that the battery is charging properly and all sensors are working. You should also change the security code.
Is Your Home Well Lit?
Security lighting is an excellent deterrent for would-be intruders. Make sure that the home is well lit. Sensor lighting is a great option. When a sensor is triggered, a light turns on, bringing attention to the illuminated area. The last thing a burglar wants is to be caught in the act.
Know Your Neighbours
Introducing yourself to the neighbours can also greatly improve your home’s security. Us Aussies are a friendly bunch and like to look out for each other. If you create a positive relationship with your neighbours they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. You can also get involved with your local neighbourhood watch.
If you follow these simple tips, the transition to your new Sydney home will be much easier and safer.
If you are renting, make sure you address any issues with your real estate agent. If you want to change your security you will need permission from the landlord.
I love Sydney. It’s where I grew up and it will always be home to me. Indeed, moving is a hard process but it is a rewarding one. If you follow these tips you will definitely live at ease in your new place and (hopefully) start to call Sydney home.
Nathan Hughes is the founder of Locksmiths In Sydney. When he is not letting you back into your house at 4 am in the morning, he is driving around Australia in a camper van, or sitting back with a glass of red wine in Europe.