Moving is one of the most stressful things you can go through. Between packing up, scheduling movers, transferring your address, everything that needs to be set up in your new home, and not forgetting all the little details and last-minute reminders. It’s no wonder why figuring out what to do with your home security system when you move may be the last thing on your mind. Luckily with SmartMove from My Alarm Center, we make alarm transfer easy. Start with this list, which covers everything you should know about taking your home security with you to your new home.
1. Contact Your Security Provider
The first thing you should do to start your alarm transfer is to notify your current security company in advance of your move. Call your security company as soon as your move is official. That way, you can kickstart the conversation to begin planning your new home’s potential security options. Make sure to give at least 30 days notice so that last-minute planning doesn’t lead to any lapses in your home security.
2. Double Check for Moving Fees
When you contact your current security provider, be sure to ask if there are moving fees in your contract. Some policies require that you have an active contract for a certain amount of time before moving. Be aware that some companies will charge you on a sliding scale depending on how long you have been a customer. Our Smart Move program ensures you can transfer your existing plan and even gives you a discount for doing so.
3. Talk About Your Options
In most cases, it is just as cost-effective to install equipment in your new home as it is to move your system with you. Before you start trying to remove and reinstall your security equipment, make sure you contact your security company. The last thing you want is to take a system with you only to find out it is not compatible with your new home.
4. Does Your New Home Already have a System?
In many instances, you may be able to use an existing system and have your home security company activate it with their services. Schedule a security consultation at your new home. Do this ahead of your move to make sure that your new home is secure from day one.
5. Share Security with Your Old Home Buyers
Let them know there is a system installed. At My Alarm Center, if you transfer service to the new homeowner, we’ll give you a $100 credit on your next monitoring bill.
6. Enjoy Your New Space, Welcome Home!
Knowing you have peace of mind with 24/7 professionally monitored home security, it’s time to unpack and focus on making your new house feel like home.
Are you moving soon? Learn more about how you can save up to $200 on alarm monitoring with My Alarm Center when you transfer your service and refer the new homeowner of your current house. Contact us to find out what to do with your home security system when you move.
Other Tips for a Smooth Move
It never hurts to over prepare! Which is why we also have tips to help make the rest of your move as smooth as transferring your home security.
While Packing for Your Move
Look over the Bill of Lading. This is the contract you have with the moving company. Make sure it says exactly what terms you agreed to and ask any questions you have before the movers put anything in their truck. Supervise packing. Even though movers are professionals, keep an eye on them while they’re packing up. You will know that all your possessions are packed properly and being treated with care, easing your stress.
Double Checking Your Old Home
Make sure to do a full walkthrough of the house to make sure nothing is forgotten. Go through every room, even the attic and crawlspaces. You wouldn’t want to leave anything behind just because it is out of sight. Check for any damage the movers may have caused. This needs to be documented so that you don’t have any problems while your house is being sold.
Have cash ready for tips and for any tolls you may go through on the road. Being prepared will ensure your stress stays at a minimum. And make sure the movers have your phone number in case they get lost on the way to your new home.
Preparing Your New Home
Do your best to beat the moving truck to your new home so that you don’t get charged for any extraneous fees from the moving company. Do a walkthrough with your real estate agent. Make sure that everything you agreed upon is up to date and everything is where it’s supposed to be. Check the utilities in your new home. Ensure that power outlets are working properly as well as showers, toilets, and sinks. If you discover a problem early in the day, it will give you a chance to address it before you try to sleep at night.
Tape names to the doors to assist the movers. Make a clear plan for them to follow so that you don’t have to move boxes from room to room. Don’t schedule your cable installation or home security installation for your moving day. This is too much to deal with, particularly if you must deal with any unexpected challenges. Plan to have these set up the day after you move in or contact My Alarm Center about having home security set up before you even move in.
For More Security and Home Automation Tips and Solutions, Stick with My Alarm Center
Moving day is always stressful, no matter how much planning you put into it. Do your best to be as organized as possible, and you’ll be one step ahead of any headaches or roadblocks! And if you’re looking for more ways to keep yourself and your family safe, check out our home security and automation services at My Alarm Center. We offer a wide range of home security options to protect you and your family. If you’re ready to discuss our custom solutions, contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you prepare for what’s next.