Home Security Guide for New Home Buyers

Posted March 15th, 2024 by SimpliSafe

Buying a new home is an exciting endeavor, but there’s also a lot to think about before you can settle in. From closing the deal and moving in to purchasing new furniture and meeting the neighbors, the whole process can be overwhelming. During this time of change, it can be easy to forget other important things, like choosing a security system to protect your investment and its inhabitants.

Wouldn’t it be nice if someone could walk you through the process of choosing a home security system so you can set it up, have peace of mind, and cross something else off the to-do list?

In this home security guide for new home buyers, we will explore the essential factors to consider before purchasing a home, provide you with valuable tips to keep your home safe and offer advice on how to choose the best security system for your home. 

Let’s dive in!

What to Consider Before Buying a New Home

Buying a home is a major (and expensive!) decision. That’s why it’s important to take every home feature into consideration when evaluating whether or not to purchase. Beyond considering the home’s size, infrastructure and neighborhood, you should also think about how the home and its surroundings may impact your personal safety. 

Here are some things to consider  before even putting in an offer:

  • Neighborhood Safety: Real estate agents are not legally obligated to discuss a neighborhood's safety for reasons that have historically led to racial discrimination, like redlining. However, you can check local crime rates by accessing the records at your local police precinct, checking sex offender websites, speaking with residents, checking out neighborhood apps, and visiting the area at different times of the day to gauge its security level.

  • Home Infrastructure: Before you decide to purchase a home, assess the existing security infrastructure of the property. Are there ways that a burglar could easily access the home? Are outdoor locks intact and are all window panes secure? Look for sturdy doors, windows with secure locks, privacy landscaping, and strong outdoor lighting. These elements can act as deterrents and enhance the overall security of your home. 

  • Existing Alarm Systems: As home security systems become more commonplace, you’ll often find that homes for sale come with an existing alarm system. Before purchasing the home, ask the real estate agent and/or seller about the home security system and ensure that it is either disabled or that ownership is transferred to you before you move in. 

Home Security System Checklist

Congratulations! You found a home you love and your offer was accepted. Now what? 

In addition to hiring movers and building Pinterest boards full of interior design inspiration, you should also take the time to decide what home security system and which security components you’d like to install in your home. That way, as soon as you move in, you’re already protecting your new investment. Here are some suggestions to help you get started: 

  • Entry Sensors: Entry sensors are simple yet important components to consider adding to your home. You can affix entry sensors to first-floor windows and doors or any other easy entrance point. These sensors will trigger an alarm if a door or window is opened without authorization.

  • Motion Sensors: Motion sensors should be placed in high-traffic areas of your home. SimpliSafe's motion sensors are designed to detect human motion accurately by picking up the unique heat signatures of humans to minimize false alarms. This will alert you to potential intruders and provide an additional layer of security. 

  • Environmental Sensors: Just as important as protecting your home from intruders is protecting your home from common environmental hazards. SimpliSafe offers smoke and carbon monoxide, as well as temperature and water sensors. All are designed to alert you early to potential dangers so you can act quickly and avoid long-term or costly home damages. 

  • Security Cameras: Consider installing security cameras to monitor your home's interior and exterior. SimpliSafe offers a wide range of cameras, including a wireless outdoor camera, a video doorbell, and two indoor cameras. These products will vigilantly monitor your home and alert you to any suspicious activity. 

SimpliSafe offers plenty of other security devices as well, as well as packages to help you get started. 

Choosing a Home Security System

Once you have determined your specific security requirements, you’ll also want to consider factors such as the size of your home, the level of automation you desire, any additional features you may need, and your budget when determining the best home security system to purchase. SimpliSafe offers a range of customizable security packages to meet your unique needs, so you can choose what’s right for you. Also, there are no contracts involved and you have the option to install your system yourself or professionally! 

In addition to determining equipment, you should also determine if professional monitoring is right for you. At SimpliSafe, we recommend investing in one of our two professional monitoring plans so that, in the event of an emergency, you’ll have a team of experts keeping watch and available to call emergency authorities if necessary. 

Homeowners Insurance Tips

After you’ve moved into your new home, set up your home security system and signed up for monitoring, we recommend reaching out to your insurance provider next. Believe it or not, many home insurance providers offer a premium to homeowners who have their homes outfitted with home security and professional monitoring. Take some time to check – you could save some money! 

Why New Home Buyers Should Invest in SimpliSafe

Purchasing a new home is an exciting milestone. Yet, with all the chaos from home searching to moving day, it’s no wonder home security can often be put on the back burner. 

However, by taking the time to review this guide, you can make informed decisions to protect your new investment and ensure the safety of your household, all before even putting in an offer! Get peace of mind with your home purchase. With SimpliSafe's cutting-edge home security systems, you can rest easy knowing you’re safe in your new home.