5 Steps for a Safe and Easy Move

5 Strategies for a Safe and Easy Move

There’s no doubt about it—moving is stressful! Amid all of the deal negotiations, packing and trying to turn your new place into your perfect home, there are almost too many things to think about. But while you’re focused on your to-do list, others may be taking an interest in your new home—not because of its beautiful exterior and excellent floor plan, but because moving can make you an easier target for crime.

In fact, both your new and old homes and belongings could be at risk. According to the FBI, moving can open you up to a lot of criminal activities, from burglars who spy an empty house to fraudulent movers looking for a quick buck.

So what can you do to increase your odds of staying safe during this stressful, transitional time? From smart preparation to taking advantage of new wireless security cameras, you have plenty of options for keeping your belongings safe.

Here are five tips that will help you protect your property and let you focus on settling into your new home.

1. Spread the Word

The simplest method to protect your former and future homes is to recruit other people to help you watch them. Your realtor, for example, should be aware of your timeline so they know when your property will be vacant.

The neighbors that you hate to leave (and even that nosy one a few houses down) can become extra eyes to watch your property. Advising the neighborhood watch and the local police department of your move is another wise precaution.

2. Mind Your Paper Trail

It’s already on your to-do list: “Complete a change of address with the Post Office.” That simple form is an important part of making your move as safe as possible. Your items should now be headed to your new address and not piling up at your old home. Don’t forget about your newspaper subscriptions, as well.

Those neighbors you asked to help earlier? Request that they also pick up any phone books, pizza flyers or informational brochures left on your doorstep. Nothing gives away a vacant property like paper piling up outside.