Poor security measures in a potential new home may not sway your purchasing decision, but at the very least you should check what is already in place and where the weak points are. Then you’ll have an idea of what you’d be in for cost-wise to make your new home safe.
Here is a quick checklist from Trellidor:
• Is every door and window protected with barrier security?
• Check barriers for signs of wear and tear or weathering; old-style burglar guards screwed into rotting wooden frames; rusting screws; security gates that don’t slide easily; welded units that have loosened over the years. These may need repairing or replacing to secure the home properly.
• What make are the burglar guards and security gates? Estate agents may tell you that they’re all Trellidors, when in fact they aren’t. This is important if you need repairs done, locks replaced or to purchase extra security gate keys.
• Can the seller give you a full set of original keys? If you don’t know who has access to the home, door and security gate locks may have to be replaced.
• Ask to see how the alarm works and when it was last checked by the service provider.
• Ask for contact details of the neighbourhood watch group to check on crime in the area.
• Check perimeter security, particularly hiding places for car hijackers and weak points like broken walls or over hanging tree branches that may have to be dealt with.
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