4 Tips for New Homeowners

Published April 17th, 2015 | By

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If you are a new homeowner, you probably have spent countless years renting and relying on your landlord for all your home maintenance needs. Whether facing a minor or major issue, your residence was never truly your home. Now that you’ve closed on your home and have finally settled in, be prepared for a whole new living experience.

Here are several ways to take charge and make your home as comfortable and safe as possible.

 

1. Change The Locksdoor-159330_640

When the previous owner hands over the keys, there is one huge thing to consider. How many key copies were made and handed out to a variety of people (strangers to you) over the years that the previous owners lived there? Numerous keys— keys into your house could be floating around. With that in mind, it’s a great idea to change all of your locks. You can now have complete control and personally decide who can enter your home.

You can even look at ADT Pulse for home automation components— including a remote lock that you can access and monitor via an Internet-enabled smartphone, tablet or computer.

 

2. Make sure to have WORKING smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

You never can predict when an emergency can strike. Everyday, you may double…or triple check that the oven is turned off or that the toaster oven is safely unplugged; but there are many potentially devastating circumstances that you can’t foresee or control. Between the threat of a house fire or carbon monoxide leak (a silent killer), you must have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Having these could quite literally save your life and keep your home safe.

If you currently do have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detector, make sure that there batteries aren’t low. You can do this by pressing the “test” button on the face of the detector—you’ll likely hear a loud beep or see some sort of visible sign that it’s working properly. Try to have these detectors set up in every room—or at least strategically in several key rooms throughout your property.

 

3. Get to know your neighbors

Your neighbors don’t have to become your best friends, but it’s a great idea to at least introduce yourself. Familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood; it’s a unique little community that you are now part of. Everyone goes out of town for business, vacation or other instances. It’s great to know that you can rely on a trusted neighbor to keep an eye out for any suspicious activity while you are gone. A great neighbor could be a potential life or property saver.

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4. Landscaping

Sometimes when a house has been on the market for a while, there could be an issue withlawnmower-384589_640 landscaping overgrowth. Regardless of the state of your lawn be sure to scale back any bushes or trees that block views to your doors or windows. Having these areas clear will help detract potential burglars. Having a well-maintained yard will also indicate that someone is typically at the residence (rather than out of town).
 
 

Keep in mind that whatever your home protection needs may be, ADT home monitoring provides a range of package options that fit any lifestyle or budget.

 
 
 

Contact an ADT home monitoring customer service representative today to find out more!

 

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ADT Pulse Installation starts at $199. Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert monitoring requires purchase and/or activation of an ADT security system with monitored Burglary, Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert devices. Fire, Carbon Monoxide and Medical Alert services are an additional charge. Quality Service Plan (QSP) is ADT’s Extended Limited Warranty. 36-month monitoring contract required from $52.99 per month, ($1,871.64), including Quality Service Plan (QSP). Additional charges may apply in areas that require guard response service for municipal alarm verification. Prices subject to change. Prices may vary by market. Some insurance companies offer discounts on Homeowner’s Insurance. Please consult your insurance company. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Additional monitoring fees required for some services. Photos are for illustrative purposes only and may not reflect the exact product/service actually provided.