A New Homeowner’s Safety Checklist

Buying a new home is an exciting but stressful rite of passage for any family. There’s so much to consider before you even choose a home, let alone the mountains of paperwork that follows when your offer is accepted! The one thing that gets prospective homeowners through this rigmarole is knowing that it will all be worth it when you can finally cosy up in your beautiful new house. If you’re in the process of buying, there’s one more important hurdle to overcome before the new home life you’ve dreamed of can begin – your safety checklist.

Fire Safety

This may seem like an easy one – install a few smoke alarms, be careful in the kitchen and you’re good to go, right? In an ideal world, fire safety would be just that simple, but unfortunately, accidents do happen, so it’s important to make sure you have a thorough fire safety plan in place.

Before you move in, have a walk through the house and think about what you would do in the event of a fire and where your escape routes are – and don’t forget to run through your fire safety plan with the rest of your family! Make sure to ring up your local Fire Brigade, as they may offer free Fire Safety Visits or even fit your smoke alarms for you.

Electrical Testing

Regular electrical testing is an important safety procedure for any home and is increasingly required by many home insurance brokers before they’ll consider covering you. Just like you would take your car for an annual MOT to minimise the risk of accidents, you should have a professional perform an electrical test of your new home. Trade Facilities Services can send a registered electrician around to perform a thorough visual and physical check of both fixed wires in your walls and electrical appliances throughout the house. With these tests, they can rule out overloaded circuits, faulty wiring, or problems with plug-in appliances.

Having a registered electrician certify your wiring could protect your family from electric shocks, keep your property and belongings safe from electrical fires, and bring you peace of mind.

Home Security

Home security has come a long way, and there are now many ways you can protect your home from break-ins and burglaries. There are some simple fixes, such as checking that your doors and windows have strong locks or installing a video monitor linked to your smartphone, but a traditional burglar alarm is always a good option when it comes to home safety.

There are options for every home and budget, but whether you want a bell-only alarm or a more advanced system that dials in to a security company, a well-maintained and visible burglar alarm is often the best deterrent against intruders.

Once you’ve completed this checklist, the sale is complete, and the keys are handed over, you can finally look forward to moving into your new home with no concerns to weigh on you. There’s no better feeling than drifting off to sleep knowing your family is safe and happy in their new home!

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