3 Ways to Protect Your Possessions In Your Apartment
- Posted by K. Cooper
- 12:46 pm
Moving into a new apartment is always nerve-wracking. It is a big decision and has the potential to change your life. However, you want those changes to be positive. You don’t want to be blindsided by a theft that leaves you will little of the possessions you moved with. The following are some ideas of how to protect your possessions before, during, and after moving.
Research the Crime Rate
Before you decide to move into an area, research the local crime rate. The lower the rate, the safer your valuables will be in your apartment. You can talk to various people such as your future landlord, neighbors and even police officers to get an idea of what you may have to deal with if you commit to a lease.
You probably own more valuable things than you realize. Most of us collect many items over the course of years, and we don’t take the time to think about what it would cost to replace them. Most people have a television, a computer, and a smartphone. Just in those three things, you already have a few thousand dollars worth of items that you would want to replace if something happened to them. Then, add in pieces of furniture such as a couch, end tables, chairs, lamps, your bed, and many other items, and you have several thousand dollars more in replacement costs. And think about how much it would cost for you to replace your clothes, especially if you love designer brands. So, when you think about it, you have tens of thousands of dollars worth of things in your apartment. Renters insurance comes into play when something wrong happens in your apartment. Trying to replace it all could leave you financially hurting for a long time, so you’re really protecting yourself when you protect your property.
Check the Locks on the Doors and Windows
When renting a new apartment, you will want to make sure your locks work properly on your doors and windows. Check to make sure that there is nothing obstructing the locking mechanisms that would allow them to be easily jimmied open. If your landlord allows it, replace all the locks with brand new ones with new keys. There is no telling how many keys have been lost or gone missing for the old lock. This will prevent anyone with an old key from taking advantage of your absence.
There are many more precautions to take for securing your apartment from unwanted visitors. Researching the crime rate, getting renters insurance, and checking the locks on all doors and windows are great first steps in taking those precautions and securing your apartment in order to keep you and your valuables safe.
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