October 30, 2017

Moving has proven to be one of the most stressful experiences that a person can go through, regardless of destination. Whether you’re moving across the continent or just down the block, there are lots of stressful decisions to make and physical challenges.

Because your mind is cluttered with these stressors and the various details that go along with moving, one very important thing can often go ignored—the state of security in your new home. So before you dive into decorating, consider the following moving checklist steps to a safe and happy house.

  1. Change the Locks
    You never know who lived in your property before you moved in. Do yourself a favor and change the locks regardless of the situation.

  2. Transfer or Invest in a New Security System
    There’s no better way to make sure your home is secure 24/7 than installing a home security system.

  3. Burglar-Proof Your House by Adding Video Surveillance and Motion Sensors for Complete Security
    Looking to bring a home security system that you have on your old house to your new house? Consider relocation services.

  4. Install Indoor and Outdoor Lighting
    Don’t stand out as the “new neighbor” by being the only dim house on the street at night. Keep your family protected by making your house look occupied at all times using light automation.

  5. Keep Your Outside Area in Excellent Condition
    Did you know burglars see the exterior of your property as a bullseye? If your lawn is unkempt or you have large shrubbery—burglars will see that as invitation to break in.

  6. Have the Old System Checked Out
    Is there already a home security system in the house? Make sure you have it properly looked over and reactivated.

  7. Talk with the Neighbors
    Having trusted neighbors can immediately make living in a new place much safer. They may be able to help keep your house look occupied while you’re away by simply picking up the newspapers, shoveling your walkway, etc.

  8. Remind Your Kids to be Cautious
    Moving to a new neighborhood means lots of unfamiliar faces for you and your family. Make sure your children are aware that they should never let a stranger into the house, leave the garage door up when they come in, or go exploring too far until you are more familiar with the area.

For information on how to take ADT with you to your new home, visit our Help Center.

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