No longer is the great Australian dream staying in the same home for 20 years, rather a flexible and spontaneous shift in moving home is rapidly becoming the norm due to evolving career and lifestyle choices. As a result this causes hundreds of homes to be vacated and re occupied every single day.
It’s no secret but moving one’s home is the bane of our existence, so how do you make one of the most stressful transitions become as easy as going on a Sunday cruise.
Step 1: Fill The Tank
Once you have reached an agreement with the real estate agent and locked in your move in date, before you start ordering new blinds and furniture, start thinking about security! After all what’s the point of moving all your precious items and shiny new things into a home without any protection?
Step 2: Drop The Top
Before moving in, often you will have an opportunity to have a final inspection of your new pad. This is the perfect opportunity to arrange for your security company to meet you onsite to assess your home to organise a tailored quote.
Your security specialist should be licenced and is there to provide advice on all different security systems whether it be a monitored alarm system, CCTV or an intercom system.
In some cases your new home may have existing security equipment, whilst not knowing what state it’s in this is the perfect opportunity to have advice given and the system assessed, no matter whether the system requires a service, a full or partial upgrade.
Step 3: Hit Cruise Control
When you have received your tailored quote and you are happy to proceed it’s important to organise the upgrade or installation date as close to the settlement date as possible, before any other tradesmen. In some cases the previous owner or landlord may be kind enough to grant you access prior to the move in date, it’s always advisable to ask.
Monitored alarms and CCTV systems will provide a record of events which will allow you to keep tabs on all other tradesmen you may have after settlement.
Monitored alarm systems can track start and finish times of tradesmen whilst you are not home. This ensures any disparities in labour invoices are corrected, as you will be notified when your alarm is turned off or on, i.e. when tradesmen come and go.
We recommend you provide a temporary pin code per trade that you can set up and then easily delete once works are completed.
CCTV cameras allows you to view your cameras in real time on your PC or smart device, this allows you to check in whilst at work to make sure the tradies are doing their job (not taking excessive smokos’).
Step 4: Pump Up The Tunes
After all trades are finished you can move all your belongings into your new home with the peace of mind knowing they will be safe and sound. It’s important if you have installed new and expensive equipment into your home that you do not advertise this to the world by leaving the branded cardboard boxes out the front. The last thing you want is your new home entertainment system to be stolen.
Step 5: Enjoy the scenery
Finally, now you’ve moved and settled in its important to introduce yourself to your neighbours. They can help you feel safer in your new area and in the long term this benefits all parties as you can speak to each other about any news and events whilst fostering a real sense of community.
It’s also great to join any local community initiatives such as the neighbourhood watch, social or sporting clubs as this will allow you to get to know your new community and in turn the local community learn more about you.
Hamish May – Electronic Security Monitoring Specialist
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