Purchasing a home is undoubtedly one of the most fulfilling moments in a person’s life. Yet it’s also one of the most stressful, with a seemingly endless parade of decisions to make and problems to solve. This is your life, of course, and you’ve got to make it the best it can be.
It isn’t just about how many bedrooms and bathrooms the house contains, nor how large the garden is, it’s also about your immediate surroundings and the area as a whole. You’re going to be staying there for quite a while, after all, and the neighbourhood needs to be up to standard when it comes to safety.
With this in mind, here are four security checks think about it when getting into the property market:
1. Do you know the history of the house?
Look, we’re not trying to draw comparisons between movies like Poltergeist here – there’s a very good chance the house you’re looking at is NOT built over an ancient burial ground!
A neighbourhood – no matter how private or quiet – is a contained community where residents will have information you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. Things like damage to the home or the temperament of previous owners will only be privy to people who stay in the area.
Talking to your potential neighbours will give you a personal insight into the history of the home you’re thinking of buying.
2. What kind of neighbourhood are you buying into?
You can do all the online research you want, and talk to the local police station’s officers ad infinitum, but that will not give you granular insight you’re looking for.
Ask residents about loud parties, loiterers, and break-ins. Get some information on the local neighbourhood watch and how often the community gets together to meet and discuss neighbourhood issues. This is a great indicator of how much the community cares about the neighbourhood and how proactive they are.
3. Are security systems the status quo?
A lot of properties are more “bark than bite”, boasting security signs or vicious dog posters warning intruders away. But the real question is: do these homes have security systems? You can bet that criminals casing the area will find out if, and the more houses fitted with alarm systems, the less inclined wrongdoers will feel about going into the neighbourhood.
4. The Existing Physical Security is Important Too!
When appraising the home, take note of physical attributes such as existing burglar bars, shutters and security gates. If they leave a lot to be desired, no stress, there are many easy and stylish ways to upgrade and enforce the security of the home. Consider a layered security approach with Shutterway’s premium product, and pair it with beams, a dog, or an electric fence around the perimeter of your property.
There are always solutions, and Shutterway offers the very best of them!