With Australia being home to the sixth largest population of Americans in the entire world, it comes as no surprise that Americans are looking for property to buy in the land down under. While some countries are relatively easy for foreign investors to purchase a property in, Australia isn’t one of them. Thanks to new rules and regulations that were introduced less than two years ago, it has now become more complex than ever before.
So, if you’ve followed all these new rules and regulations, paid the increased fees, and gone about the right steps, it makes total sense that you’d want to ensure your property is safe and secure even when you aren’t there. According to statistics the number of break-ins and attempted break-ins has increased in Australia over the past 10 years, which means homeowners should be taking proper precautions. Here are some steps you can take that will help ensure your home stays secure.
Install New Locks
One of the first things you’ll want to do after the purchase of your home is complete is to change all the exterior locks on the home. You don’t know how many keys were used and given out to family/friends by the previous owner, so it’s not wise to take risks. Every entrance/exit door needs to have a brand new lock, and this should be done before you start moving anything into the home.
Because you want to make sure the job is done correctly, and the lock is secure and properly installed, it’s best to contact a professional locksmith. Professional locksmith can assist you with any residential lock services. They will come to your home to install a new system or upgrade an older system.
Consider Adding Additional Locks
Does your home have a lot of windows, gates to the yard, and sliding doors? If so you may also want to consider having locks installed on them. It's all about making entry into your home as difficult as possible so that you will deter burglars from targeting your property.
Keep the Yard Well Lit
One thing that burglars love is dark yards with plenty of trees, bushes, and shrubs to duck behind. This makes sneaking up and around the house much easier. It’s a good idea to ensure that the bushes and trees in your yard are cut back and don’t allow for any hiding spots. You can also install outdoor lighting such as motion detectors that will flood the yard with light should anything move out there.
Invest in a Home Security System
Whether your residence in Australia is going to be a permanent home, or just a temporary retreat, a home alarm system can offer a great deal of security. A monitored home alarm system will most definitely have the burglar thinking twice as they know a security company and/or police will respond to the call.
Because your investment property is just that – an investment – it makes sense that you should do whatever you can to help keep it safe and secure whether you are living there full-time or not. These steps will certainly help to make it possible.