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Moving tips: Keep your home safe after your move

Keeping lights on may help keep the home safe.

Keeping lights on may help keep the home safe.

When you begin to unload your items from the storage container at your new home, it may be a good idea to consider safety. No matter where you live, your home needs to be protected, and you could benefit greatly by taking the time to plan out your options.

Your first action that should be taken when you are finally moved in is to change the locks on your home. While your real estate agent may have been trustworthy with the keys, the people who lived in the home last may not have. It is certainly possible they still have keys to the house, or people they know have a spare. This shouldn't be something you should risk, and changing the locks will give you peace of mind that your home is secure. It also may help to know that your locks are new and will likely last you years.

It may be a good idea to consider an alarm system in your home. There are many options, and with technological advances, you may even be able to operate it while away from home. This can be a benefit if you forget to arm it while going away on a trip.

Keep lights on a timer for when you are not home. This can deter intruders, as it will look like you are home, even while away. If you work late into the night, or are late coming home in the evening, having the lights on may make you feel better about the situation, especially if you live in a busy area.

Have a trustworthy friend or neighbor look after your home while you are gone on vacation. They wouldn't necessarily have to hang out inside your home while you are gone, but passing by a couple times a day may be a good way to make sure that your house is in good order. In addition, this can help if there is a major storm in your town, as they will be able to examine your house to make sure no damage occurred. In addition, if you have cats or other pets that need to be taken care of, having a friend look after your home will be a great option. You can offer to return the favor when they go away.