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May 13, 2020
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Moving Tips for an Easier and Safer Transition

Learn how

to move with minimum hassle and risk—including moving tips that maintain home security

Moving can be a challenge, but a few smart moving tips can minimize the stress and inconvenience of relocating. Below, we cover everything from packing and paperwork to moving day. Perhaps most importantly, we detail ways to create a secure environment in your new home, whether you have a home security system or not.

Learn how to prepare a plan that reduces costs, saves time and energy, and keeps your loved ones and property safe during a move.

Proper

packing protects your stuff and prevents injury

Efficient packing starts with preparation. Now’s the time to declutter. Get rid of anything you don’t use, broken items that can’t be fixed, and anything else that’s been wasting space. There’s no point in spending time, energy, and boxes packing things that won’t be useful in your new home. Before taking down electronics like computers and home theater systems, snap pictures of the back, so you know which wires go where. This will make for a much easier set-up later.

Packing is a time-consuming process. Start as far in advance as possible by boxing up seasonal items and anything that won’t be needed between now and the move. Use sturdy boxes and strong packing tape. Place heavy items in smaller boxes for the movers’ safety (and to prevent the boxes from breaking mid-move). Wrapping fragile items in sheets, towels, and clothing protects them from breakage and cuts down on the amount of bubble wrap you must buy. You can also use linens and clothes to fill empty spaces in boxes and keep items from shifting while in transition. Fragile items, artwork, and electronics require special care.

Try to pack boxes and bins by room. Label each container with the place it belongs in and what’s inside. Whether you hire professional movers or have family and friends helping, label each room at your new home as soon as you arrive, so people know where to put each box. Consider numbering the containers, so you know if any go missing. You may also want to use the numbering system to keep track of what’s in each carton, rather than writing the contents on the box itself. This can help prevent the theft of valuable items like jewelry and electronics. 

Pack essentials last and keep the things you need every day in an overnight bag. Include a change of clothes, daily personal-care items, essentials for kids and pets, medications, vital paperwork, phone chargers, etc. Put items you’ll need immediately upon arriving at your new home somewhere you can find and access them easily. Supplies like box cutters, trash bags, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper are important to have on hand.

Should I

hire movers or do it myself?

When deciding whether or not to hire movers, there are several factors to consider. How much stuff do you have to move? Do you have anyone to help you? Do you have access to a truck, appliance dolly, and other essential equipment? How far are you moving? What can you afford?

DIY moving can save quite a bit of money, but you need to factor in the cost of truck rental, gas, and feeding anyone who volunteers to help you. It can also be time-consuming and physically demanding. People who are inexperienced with moving large, heavy, or fragile items may be more likely to accidentally damage your property (or themselves) as they try to maneuver things into place.

If you decide to hire movers, it’s best to ask people you trust for personal recommendations. Check pricing for several companies to find the best deal, and be sure to get a quote in writing. You can expect to pay at least $30 an hour per mover. There may also be fees for things like fuel, stair or elevator usage, and obtaining a parking permit. And look for movers who are bonded and insured to safeguard your property and the contract.

In either case, you should book movers or reserve a truck as soon as you know your moving date. If you wait until the last minute, you may find yourself out of luck. This also holds true for cleaners, painters, and other service professionals. If you have pets or small children, set up care for them during the move to keep them safely out of the way.

Take

these essential steps when changing your address

Once you know the date you will be moving, arrange for utilities to be turned on at your new home and for service to be stopped or transferred at your current address. It ensures you'll have electricity, water, and heat as soon as you move and won’t be paying two bills unnecessarily.

Submit a change-of-address form to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) at least two weeks before your move. Not only does this ensure that important mail is forwarded to your new home, but it also keeps the new residents at your old address from having access to your personal information. Allowing strangers to see bank statements, credit card statements, insurance information, and medical letters is a huge security risk.

Screenshot of the USPS Change of Address FormScreenshot of the USPS Change of Address Form
You can easily submit a change-of-address form with the USPS online.

You also need to update your address information with your bank, credit card companies, insurance companies, doctors’ offices, employers, and anyone else you do business with. When ordering items for delivery, doublecheck that the correct delivery address is selected.

Taking

proper security precautions is an essential part of moving to a new home 

A home is robbed every 25.7 seconds in the United States. Burglars are opportunistic creatures, and the chaos of moving provides them with plenty of opportunity. The last thing you need to deal with during this time of transition is stolen stuff, filing police reports, and added anxiety.

In addition to hiring movers with a good reputation and using a numbering system for your boxes, several other moving tips can help secure your belongings. Although moving day requires a lot of coming and going, it’s important not to leave either residence unlocked and unattended. Close and lock any doors and windows that don’t need to be open while you’re carrying things in and out. And be sure to lock doors and windows when you leave.

Considering your new home from a security perspective is just as important as deciding where to put your furniture. If you own the house or your landlord permits it, replace the existing locks as soon as possible. You don’t know who still has keys for the old lock—such as past residents, realtors, or maintenance workers.

Consider installing a Smart Door Lock, which removes the need to carry a house key, eliminates the risky temptation to hide a spare key, and makes it easy for you to provide temporary access codes to painters, cleaners, and contractors if you’re having work done. You may also want to replace flimsy exterior doors with more sturdy options.

Unfortunately, renters often don’t have the option of replacing exterior locks and doors. Any number of people may have keys to your property—landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, former tenants, friends of previous tenants, etc. For this reason, taking other security measures can be even more important for renters.

Whatever else you do, don’t hide spare keys outside your home. Burglars know where to look. Your fake rock, potted plant, or doormat isn’t fooling anyone. If your new home has a sliding glass door, install a proper lock as soon as possible. If that’s not an option, a wooden dowel placed in the track can do the trick. Consider your home’s exterior with an eye for security as well. Install extra lighting if necessary and trim or remove bushes and trees that provide would-be intruders with hiding places or easy access.

Installing

a home security system significantly reduces the risk of robbery

Did you know that homes with security systems are almost three times less likely to be broken into than those without them? If your new home doesn’t already have a security system, you should strongly consider installing one. If it does, make sure the system works properly and provides comprehensive, reliable protection. Wireless home security systems with cellular monitoring, like those offered by Frontpoint, are safer, smarter, simple to install, and easy to take with you when you move.

Outdoor Cameras deter criminals before they even approach your home. With live streams, recorded video clips, and motion-sensor-triggered alerts, you can remain aware of what’s happening on your property at all times, no matter where you are.

Doorbell Security Cameras capture video of anyone who approaches your front door, whether or not they ring the bell. Two-way audio allows you to speak with visitors from the safety of your living room or your desk at work. You can even use the sound of your voice to scare burglars away safely.

Intrusion sensors like Door/Window Sensors and Motion Sensors are another way to know if someone enters your property, even if they don’t come through the front door. Door/Window Sensors can be installed on almost anything that opens or closes. Receive notifications if your landlord, an in-home service provider, your teen, or a roommate is snooping somewhere they shouldn’t be—bedrooms, file cabinets, liquor cabinets, medicine cabinets, safes, and more.

Glass Break Sensors add an extra layer of security in rooms with glass doors or lots of windows, especially on the first floor.

Picture of the Frontpoint Premium Indoor CameraPicture of the Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera
Frontpoint’s Premium Indoor Camera offers a Bluetooth speaker, an echo-canceling microphone, and digital-pan-and-tilt and enhanced-zoom capabilities.

Monitor what anyone who enters your home is doing with Frontpoint’s Indoor Camera or Premium Indoor Camera. Both provide high-resolution video and two-way audio that can be accessed from a smartphone.

Install Wireless Light Controls or Smart Light Bulbs to control your new home’s lights remotely or on a schedule. This can make it appear that your house is occupied when you’re away and creates an inviting atmosphere when you arrive home at the end of a long day.

You’ll also want to ensure that your new residence has working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. If they haven’t been replaced recently, it may be time to install new ones. Either way, consider installing smart Smoke and Heat Sensors and Carbon Monoxide Sensors. When included in a professionally monitored home security system, these devices provide the ultimate safety and peace of mind for your family.

A

Frontpoint home security system provides unique benefits for homeowners and

renters who need to move

One of the most convenient things about Frontpoint’s wireless home security system is that it’s easy to take the system with you when you move. And rearranging, adding, or removing components as needed is simple, too.

Unlike traditional hardwired home security systems that require professional installation, Frontpoint systems allow for straightforward DIY installation and are more likely to be approved by landlords. There’s no messy wiring to install, no need to wait for a professional installer, and no need for a home phone line. Each system is preprogrammed to work right out of the box, and set-up usually takes about 30 minutes. Frontpoint’s dedicated customer support team is readily available to help with remote troubleshooting, if necessary.

Many home security companies that provide 24-hour professional monitoring require users to sign service contracts with durations of up to two or three years. But Frontpoint offers month-to-month agreement options. This gives you the option to stop and start the service at your convenience, which is especially useful if you move.

How to

move your Frontpoint security system to your new home

With Frontpoint, the moving process is easy! The first step involves logging into your account and filling out the Move Portal. This will update your account information automatically on moving day, as well as send you a mover’s kit that includes a full set of new adhesives to help with your set-up at the new address. Once you enter the details into the Move Portal, it’s just a matter of moving your equipment when it’s time.

On moving day, with the system disarmed, power down the Hub and dismount all of the sensors. If you need to take down an adhesive-mounted sensor, we recommend using a thin tool like a butter knife, putty knife, or dental floss to slowly work your way between the adhesive and the mounting surface. Doing so aids in removing the sensor without ruining the current adhesive or damaging painted walls. Pack your system’s components and transport them to your new residence.

Screenshot of Frontpoint Support CenterScreenshot of Frontpoint Support Center
If you need help setting up your system at the new address, you can access our set-up guides online or contact our customer support team.

Most components can be set on shelves or easily attached to doors, windows, and walls with new double-sided adhesive, which is easy to replace when they need to be repositioned. Devices like the Frontpoint Hub & Keypad and Frontpoint’s Premium Indoor Camera can simply sit on a counter or shelf. Smart Light Bulbs can be moved and replaced just like any other lightbulb, while Wireless Light Controls fit into standard electrical outlets. Components like our Doorbell Camera and Smart Lock are easily installed with basic hand tools.

Every home has unique security needs. These differ depending on whether you rent or own, live in a house or condo, and if you’re on the ground level or twenty floors up. Your home’s layout, as well as the number and placement of its doors and windows, will also dictate particular security requirements.

If you need to add components to protect your new home adequately, remember that all Frontpoint security system components arrive pre-programmed and ready to install. No need to go through a lengthy process of having each device “learn” to communicate with the control panel.

For those ordering a new security system, Frontpoint offers a variety of packages to fit each home and budget. From our starter packages to the 14-piece Safe Home Preferred system, you’re sure to find a package to meet your new home’s needs. You can customize each one as necessary or even design your own set-up specifically for your home.

Following

basic moving tips and security recommendations protects property and reduces stress

There are lots of hacks available for easing your move from one home to the next. Observing essential advice regarding packing, hiring movers, and updating your address is important. Focusing on security, both during and after your move, is also crucial. From reviewing your new home’s security needs to installing a comprehensive security system, choose the steps that best safeguard your property and loved ones. And enjoy your new home!

Learn some cool ways to use door/window sensors and other security system components in your new home.


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