Moving to a new home is as exciting as it is challenging. The potential for positive change in a move seems endless; maybe you’re moving to a new city or trying out a new space that you think suits you better. Either way, it’s important not to get so caught up in the excitement of the process that you forget to take all the necessary steps and precautions. There are several simple and oft-overlooked steps you must take to guarantee your safety in any new house, apartment or condo. Read on to learn about three ways to ensure you’re protected while moving into your new home.

Moving companies

You’ll have a few options for how you intend to move your belongings from the old place to the new one. Nonetheless, unless you have a very close circle of willing friends, the odds are  you’ll be hiring a moving company to transport your stuff. The market is absolutely saturated with companies providing these services, so make sure that you pick a reputable one. When researching companies, ask for their Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration registration number. If they’re hesitant to provide you with one, then they most likely aren’t the people that you want transporting all your worldly possessions. Also, research their client satisfaction by looking at sites like Yelp or their Better Business Bureau page. This should help steer you in the right direction.

Securing entry points

While we’re sure that the prior tenants or homeowners of your new place are entirely trustworthy people, it’s best not to leave anything to chance regarding security in a new place. One of the first things that you should do upon moving in is ensure that you have all of the locks changed and new keys made for you and your family. Whether or not the apartment or home was vacant or occupied prior to you moving in, you want to ensure that no former occupant can gain entry. Also, you really can’t know for sure who else would have been given a key to the place over time, so having the locks changed can make certain that you’re aware of everyone who has access to your home. Also, we recommend making sure your windows are secure with our door and window sensors.

Personal security

Too often, when speaking about home security, we focus too exclusively on preventing tangible invasions. Moving, if not done with the proper care and precaution, presents a window of opportunity for someone to steal your identity. Prior to leaving your old home, make sure that you’ve completed a change of address form so that your mail can be forwarded, in addition to changing your address of record individually with any entities that send you private information (banks, doctors, schools, etc). It’s also worth considering that any move will inevitably produce a fair amount of garbage. When disposing of things during your move, ensure that any personal documents are shredded or adequately destroyed prior to being discarded.