So you are getting ready to start renovating your home. Congratulations! Once the plans are set, colour scheme chosen, and every other detail for your renovation laid out, it's time to think about the security of your home during the renovation. Why? Soon there’ll be tradies, such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters coming and going into your home on a daily basis. Not to mention suppliers dropping off their deliveries too. With all this chaotic activity soon to appear, have you thought of how you will manage the security of your home? With so much going on, many homeowners may find it difficult keeping an eye on the work and their belongings at the same time.
Secure Your World has identified three key tips that will help homeowners keep their property and possessions safe and secure during any home renovation project, big or small.
Tip 1: Secure Your Belongings.
Protecting your belongings does a few things. It keeps them out of reach from potential thieves and it protects them from the dust or damage that might have occurred during the home renovation project. Here are three options that you can use to secure your belongings.
The first is to restrict access to a room whereby you can leave all your valuables in. Change that internal door handle to a handle set that can be unlocked with a key or PIN. The second option is to hire a portable storage container. This second option is great if there's space in the backyard. Ensure that it is out of sight from the road too. Add a sturdy padlock to the container and store away. Plus, it certainly makes putting back your belongings quicker and easier. The third option available is to simply rent a self-storage space. If you are renovating your entire home, then this is certainly the best option. Make sure to label each box to make returning these items back to their rightful places easy.
Tip 2: Home security.
Home security falls into two categories, surveillance and lighting. Installing cameras on your property allows you to check in on how the renovations are progressing during the day. At night, it can pick up any unwanted activity. By displaying signage, it can also act as a huge deterrence to any unwanted guests craving to grab a ‘freebie’ in the first place. A good idea is to install cameras both on the inside and outside of the property.
This is also a good time to review your motion sensor outdoor lighting. Make sure that it lights up areas such as driveways, paths, entrances and the backyard area. Thieves prefer to scope out homes in the cover of darkness, so light it all up.
Tip 3: Keep it clean & tidy
The presence of tools, building materials and appliances left unattended on your property is all too inviting for unwanted guests. So ask your construction manager to lock away tools securely. Keep the site looking tidy by placing rubbish and product packaging in bins each day. Finally, to avoid having building materials left out too long, get it delivered in line with the corresponding installation dates.
Once your home renovations are completed and everything is slowly returning back to normal, get the locks changed. This is particularly important if you have given your keys to your construction manager at any point during the construction project. You never know who else may have had access to those keys.
Renovations can be a costly exercise if the right precautions aren’t taken. But if you have the right security in place, you can at least have the peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and secure.