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What Security Issues Do You Need to Consider Before Buying Real Estate?

By Guest Author | November 26, 2015

Buying a property is one of the biggest investments you can make. With such huge sums of money involved you want to be certain you make the correct decision. The property should meet all your requirements and be a safe place to live in. However, many new homeowners don’t do proper research and suffer the consequences later. There are many questions you should ask about the security of a house or an apartment before making a purchase.


These are some of the most important questions you should find answers to.

What Security Systems Are Currently Available?

Security equipment such as CCTV systems, burglar alarms and locking mechanisms are expensive. Before you decide to buy a new property, view the premises and find out what security equipment is already in place. It may be a good idea to bring a security system installer with you to check the current equipment. They will also be able to suggest further security measures that would be suitable for the property you’re viewing.

What Were the Previous Tenants or Owners Like?

A second-hand property may have a bad history which can lead to future security risks. Find out more about the previous tenants and owners. You can do this by talking to neighbours or asking local authorities if there have been any disturbances or problems at the address. If questionable individuals lived in the premises and you still decide to buy, it’s a good idea to find a locksmith who can change the locks to make the premises more secure. By hiring a professional locksmith, you’ll be assured of the expertise necessary to repair doors and locks with the highest level of workmanship and quality.

What Are the Neighbours and Neighbourhood Like?

Introduce yourself to your neighbours and get a feel for the type of people who will be living next door to you. If they are friendly they will give you a good insight into what other neighbours are like and how safe the neighbourhood is.

Get to know the local area yourself by taking a walk and drive to see how safe it is. It should be a safe place to walk and park vehicles. There should be adequate street lighting and other signs that you are in a safe place. If not, you may need to reconsider your purchasing decision.

What Prevents People from Entering the Property?

If you’re viewing an apartment you may be sharing a building with dozens of people you don’t know. Find out how easy it is to gain access. Find out if there are additional security measures such as armed security guards, CCTV, adequate lighting and a secure access control system.

If you are viewing a house your needs will be different. Find out if the doors and windows have a locking mechanism and is there an alarm installed. Also check to see how easy it is to access the back of the house. Gates are another security feature that make it easier to prevent unwanted visitors.

An apartment or house should be a safe, secure place to live in. However, there are many factors that prevent this, so it’s important to choose wisely when you decide to buy real estate.

About the author: This article was provided by Metro Locks, a well known locksmiths in Croydon company

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