Congratulations! You’re married! With new gifts from your registry and your loved one under the same roof, you have a lot to protect.
Newlyweds make a lot of decisions together: house or apartment, kids or no kids, paint or wallpaper? But, have you talked home security yet?
Newlyweds enter a new chapter of life together… a chapter that should be protected. For example, honeymooning and traveling can put your home at risk of theft because thieves target the empty homes of vacationers. Additionally, different habits between spouses, such as leaving doors unlocked or opening windows can leave gaps in your security. Newlyweds are at a high risk, so invest early in home security before future lifestyle changes occur.
Below, we outline how to assess your needs and what to look for when searching for a home security provider.
Questions to Evaluate Your Needs
Evaluating your needs is an essential first step. Ask yourself these questions when looking for a home security solution to fit your lifestyle:
- How much is my home worth?
- What are my most valuable assets?
- What is the crime rate in my area?
- What is the climate in my area?
- What are my surroundings?
- Will I move in the next decade?
- Will I start a family?
Asking each of these questions and assessing your needs will help determine how much security coverage you need. A trusted provider can help optimize your home security based on your lifestyle and select equipment accordingly.
What to Look for in Home Security Equipment
Look for equipment that fits the needs of you and your spouse. Based on your answers to the above questions, you can select home security equipment that fully protects your home:
- Outdoor security cameras that keep an eye on vulnerable points of entry and suspicious behavior. You can view live footage of your home from your smartphone to confirm or ignore a potential threat. This is important for high-value homes or areas with high-crime rates.
- Smart lights to deter thieves who attempt to enter through dark places. If you live in a heavily wooded or secluded area, smart lights can help illuminate hiding places.
- Door and window sensors to alert you when an entry point has been opened. If one of you likes to let fresh air in, investing in sensors can help prevent security gaps.
- Mobile device notifications for both you and your spouse. This way you can monitor the home as a team, even if you are on different schedules throughout the day.
- Home video surveillance is beneficial if you start a family and leave your children with babysitters, or plan to travel and use house sitters. Cameras can be placed throughout your home to protect your most valuable assets.
- Environmental hazard equipment is key to prevent fires or bursting pipes. Depending on where you and your spouse live, you may be more prone to environmental damage due to dry air or cold winters.
What to Look for in a Home Security Provider
Make sure to choose a trusted home security provider for monitoring and installation. The best home security providers have a few commonalities:
- 24/7 home monitoring to alert homeowners and dispatch help for confirmed threats.
- Installation that optimizes your equipment and provides maximum protection.
- Fair policies on moving equipment in case of relocation.
- No hidden fees in contracts.
How can you and your spouse start the home security conversation? Share in the comments below.