Buying a House; 5 top security tips
With the UK housing markets hotting up and more houses going up for sale around the UK. Perhaps potential buyers should consider these tips before they sign on the dotted line.
In fact, security issues that you may not be aware of in the area that you are planning on buying a house may even lead you to consider offering a less price if, indeed, you know where to look to find that info. So let’s get down to some top tips that may help.
1 - Think about keys. If you’re planning to buy a house could the seller tell you how many keys there are for the property, who has copies, did the estate agent get a copy cut, or how secure are the copies that other people have, could they have been copied? The question you have to ask yourself, any insurance company worth their weight is going to ask or even insist that there are British Standard BS3621 locks fitted or now even the new BS EN1303 Security Cylinders fitted to the doors.
2 - What about fence lines? And down the back of the garden is the fence line secure, could someone get over the fence if it has not been kept up to scratch? This could cost £100s to fix and maintain. If you have a survey on the house, the surveyor is going to tell you the condition of the roof or the damp course. Ask him about the perimeter security and quality of the fence line.
3 - What about if you have to upgrade the locks? These days, with a front door, patio doors, back doors, garage doors and gates, Sheds, etc., changing all the locks is going to cost, especially if they are unable to confirm the security from #1. The average lock for a wooden door that is BS3621 Kite marked can cost up to £50.00 and then the cost to fit. Multiply that by four or five doors, all of a sudden you could have a bill pushing nearly £600 easily.
4 - Windows and Doors; what is the condition of the doors? Everyone thinks that UPVC double glazing is secure, but sadly that is far from the truth. Double glazing can be easily broken with a pin hammer, and some windows glazing beads are situated on the outside, which means that with a simple kitchen knife, a potential burglar could gain access in a matter of minutes. This could be a great bargaining tip if you need to get some more money off the asking price. Just imagine if you had to replace the windows, if it was your front door and someone said it could be opened with a kitchen knife, I guess you may not be pleased?
5 - Take some time to research the area on websites for crime rates; this is another influencer when it comes to buying a house. It may be the ideal house, a great visual location that looked to be home from home, but what if 300 yards down the street there was a scene of obscene drugs behavior? Or that your new neighbour got broken into five months ago? This may give weight to drop the price a little further, or perhaps may even get you to consider this may not be the place for you. All this information is freely available on police.org. You can pop on to this web site and check out all the different crimes there has been in the area that you are planning to buy a house. When it comes to bargaining, these top tips may put you in stead for a few £1000s off the asking price, if the previous owner has not kept up to date with their security on the house.
LocksOnline, offer a free advise service to help customers get the best advice we can offer. These top tips are just some of the factors you need to consider that may give you a financial edge, but also make you aware of what place you’re really buying into when crime is considered in the community.
Head of the Tech Team