Keeping your new home safe when moving in
March 14, 2019 / Private household moving
A safe home is a happy home. As you prepare to move into your new space, whether you lead the move or lean on the experience and expertise of professional movers and packers, make sure to keep the following advice in mind.
While no guidance can guarantee your home will be completely and totally protected, you can reduce the chances for potential problems with some simple steps.
Understanding your home, inside and out
A careful review of your new home and the paths you and your movers will use to enter and exit is important for a productive and safe move. Professional movers have the day-in, day-out experience to spot many hazards, but a heads-up is always welcome. Similarly, as you move things around in your new space, you'll stay safer by knowing about potential hazards.
Everything from an interior threshold with a small step up to a few loose stones on the walkway to your front door can potentially cause problems. If at all possible, purposefully and carefully walk through your new home before the move-in process starts. Even if you closely inspected the home prior to closing, you never know what could have changed as the old owners moved out.
This approach also gives you a chance to spot hazards and other potential problems that could arise over time. Low-hanging tree branches in the back yard or a broken window in the garage likely won't put anyone at risk during the move. However, they could harm your home or family and friends in the right conditions, or offer someone with nefarious motives easier access.
Addressing long-term concerns
A fire is a relatively rare event. So is a buildup of carbon monoxide. But you don't want to be caught unaware if either of these incidents happen inside your new home. The National Fire Prevention Association has a variety of important guidance for anyone who is in charge of the smoke alarms in their home, and this information can be especially useful to those moving into a new space. Some choice pieces of advice include using interconnected alarms if possible, testing alarms monthly, mounting all alarms near the ceiling to detect smoke and fire early on and creating an escape plan in case of emergency.
For carbon monoxide alarms, the NFPA advises installing them in a a central location outside each sleeping area and contacting your local fire department through its non-emergency number to find out who to call if your alarm indicates an emergency.
Similarly, while the chance of a break-in or other criminal activity is low, strong locks on doors and windows are great deterrents. A security system can also help keep your home safer. Basic steps to take after you move in include changing or re-keying locks and making sure they still reliably secure doors. Window locks should also be checked. In terms of security systems, make sure to find a reliable, trustworthy provider with a strong track record. The peace of mind you'll enjoy is an additional reward on top of the practical benefits.
For assistance getting to your new home and moving in, get in touch with the experts at Atlas today!
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