If you are thinking of selling your house, then it is a good time to review your home security. Prospective buyers are becoming increasingly picky on having a top quality house with an up to date security system. This is does in turn however mean that if a house does have an up to date security system that people will be willing to pay more money for it. If you are looking to buy a house and don’t want to pay for improvements once moved in, you may wish to consider buying one with improvements already made. Once an agreement is made to buy or sell a house, regardless of security quality, the legal process remains the same. A conveyancer changes the legal ownership of any given property. There is also a survey that the buyer of house gets which brings to light any issues with the structure of it. If you have reached the stage where you need a survey and you live in Kent, you may wish to consider home buyers survey Kent companies such as https://www.samconveyancing.co.uk/Homebuyers-Survey/Home-Buyers-Survey-Kent
Lighting is an obvious area to consider, especially around the darker areas of the house and boundaries. Fit motion-sensitive lighting around doors, garages and gardens. Well-lit approaches from the street are off-putting to unauthorised people, whereas a broken fence in the shadows offers a more covered approach.
It is much more obvious when a house is unattended at this time of year, so fit timers for lighting indoors to give the impression of people at home, especially over holiday periods.
Secure the Perimeter
Mend the fences and lock access gates, the shed and garage with sturdy padlocks – the cost of replacing the bikes, mower, DIY tools, gas barbecue and ‘junk’ is worth the cost of a padlock. Clear obscuring bushes and trees from the surroundings to improve visibility. Remove ladders – at least chain them to a sturdy drainpipe so they are useless for access. Lock away tools that could assist in a break-in.
If you have just moved in, change the alarm entry code and use it every time you go out. Review the letterbox arrangements and where you throw your car keys and valuables when you come in. Move them out of sight and out of reach.
Which? magazine produces some interesting reviews of security measures for further reading: http://www.which.co.uk/reviews/burglar-alarms-and-home-security/article/burglar-alarms-and-home-security/home-security.
Marked valuables are more likely to be restored to their owner, so invest in a UV pen and mark items, record serial numbers and take photos. Review your insurance to make sure you have an adequate level of cover.
Take care with social media – thieves are likely to assess their targets in more ways than a walk-past. Be discreet about your movements, holiday plans, nights out and your personal information. Be a good neighbour – join Neighbourhood Watch, especially if new to an area. You might make friends too and get involved in keeping an eye out for others.