Selling your home and moving is stressful. And you don’t want the added stress of getting robbed or having stuff damaged. So here’s a quick list of things to do for a more secure move.
Check Your Insurance Policies First
Having insurance is a good idea in any case. Among the most popular types of insurance are property insurance, life insurance, and pet insurance. Moving, however, could result in the contents of your home being uninsured while in vans. In this case, it’s a good idea to check with your provider and update your coverage temporarily. If necessary, hire a moving company. They will be liable for your insurance while your items are being transported in most cases. As a result, they are responsible if your stuff is lost, damaged, or stolen. But check first.
Don’t Forget to Change the Locks
Once you have moved, you are still responsible for the security of the property until all the legal work has been completed. Therefore, you must change the locks and give your realtor or new owners the keys. Also, make sure that any other person with an old key will not be able to gain access either by asking for them back. It might seem elementary, but it prevents unlawful access. The end result is that any criminal access will be averted. This will ensure that new owners feel safe in their homes and provide them with peace of mind.
Install Smart Cameras for a More Secure Move
Traveling between your old and new house is likely during a move. Depending on how much work you have to do and how far you have to travel, you might also be gone for a while. Thus, both properties should be equipped with camera surveillance to prevent or catch criminals later. Getting CCTV that connects to your smartphone is inexpensive today, so don’t worry about the price. Plus, you’ll be able to watch them at all times. They sometimes have motion sensors that detect movement in a particular area, and smart locks alert to tampering.
Don’t Display Your Valuables
Over half a billion dollars worth of common electronics is stolen from homes each year in the US alone. Moving is sometimes a challenge, and heavy items are a pain to move. However, the alternative to having your things stolen is to put in a little more effort. Keeping expensive items such as your TV and sound system hidden is beneficial because anyone watching you won’t know what they are. Furthermore, putting things into boxes will protect them from anyone with bad intentions. You should limit the exposure of your jewelry or fine art collection.
Get a House Sitter You Trust
It is always a good idea to ask friends and family for help. When you move between properties, someone can house sit for you at either end. This makes sure there’s always someone there just in case the worst happens. In addition, you can repay the favor if they need help in the future. Another option is to offer payment for their time. Having someone inside the properties will severely lower the possibility of something happening. You should, however, ask trusted friends since most criminal offenders are often known to the victim.
There is always the chance of a move going sideways. However, you can reduce the chances of anything bad happening with insurance, CCTV, and asking someone to house sit for you.