According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 35 million people move each year and look forward to turning their new house into a home. There are many reasons families decide to move house, whether it’s for a job relocation, needing a bigger home, or perhaps the current property has code violations (yes, you can still sell house even with code violations). But before your new residence becomes home sweet home, ensuring your move is safe and your new house is prepped with basic safety measures is of the utmost importance.
In honor of National Moving Month (May), Hip Mama’s Place has partnered with Master Lock to help new homeowners make their move as organized and safe as possible. Master Lock provides consumers with necessary safety precautions and useful products for moving and settling into a new residence.
Moving into a new home doesn’t have to be a stressful experience! Master Lock recommends these five safety measures when moving and adjusting to your new residence:
- Secure All Valuables: Whether you’re moving your own belongings or have hired movers, it is important to pack all valuables in enclosed, secured containers. For fragile or breakable items, use an added layer of protection, such as bubble wrap or shredded newspaper. In the midst of moving mayhem, remember to lock your trailer with a lock that resists picking and prying when not in use or in between trips to avoid possible theft.
- Inventory Personal Belongings: Label your boxes by room, number or color-code, and create a list of the items in each box. This will keep your personal possessions organized for when you begin the unpacking process. When you arrive at your new home, make sure to check each list to ensure all your belongings made it safely and securely. Investing in a sentry safe will assure your most important valuables remain safeguarded and protected as you settle into your home. While you may have heavy foot traffic between movers, cable providers and other vendors setting up your new space, this Sentry Safe Extra Large Digital Alarm Fire Safe’s loud alarm will quickly alert you if there is suspected tampering.
- Install New Exterior Locks: Based on a recent survey conducted by Master Lock on Safety and Security, less than half (47 percent) of U.S. and Canadian residents changed or rekeyed the locks on their new home. Previous tenants, realtors and other unsuspected people may have keys to the current locks. Replacing these old locks with new ones, such as the Master Lock BCCO0615 Entry Door Lock with Single Cylinder Deadbolt, will provide additional security with peace of mind, and ensure you are the only person who has access to your home.
- Change of Address: Before officially moving into your new home, make sure to visit your local post office or visit usps.com to fill out a change-of-address form. To avoid unintentionally giving strangers access to personal information, such as billing statements, credit card offers and insurance information, change your address before your move.
- Explore Your Neighborhood: Once you’ve settled in, make sure to familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood. Take a bike ride to meet your neighbors, locate the police and fire stations and find your local park district. Don’t forget to lock up with a keyed cable lock while exploring your new surroundings.
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Hip Mama’s Place Disclosure: “This is a sponsored post written by me for Master Lock. I received a product necessary to facilitate my review and prizes to conduct my giveaway. As always, all reviews and opinions are 100% my own”.