Whether it’s your home or your business, when you move properties, you’ll be dealing with a lot of questions, like who should your new electricity supplier be, who provides the best broadband connection in the new area, and where should the kettle go. If you have moved to a property which already has an alarm system in place, your questions may include how on earth do I work this? Here’s what you need to do.
Crack the codes
Hopefully the previous occupier will have given you a run through or left you some instructions on how the alarm system works. If they haven’t left written instructions, chances are you may have forgotten this information by the time you move in. If you’ve got no information then it’s ok, it can still be sorted:
- Older alarm systems – these usually need a code to set and unset. If you don’t have one, it’s best to ask an alarm company to help to reset the system. Once this has been done, you can enter your own code.
- Newer alarm systems – usually operate with a fob or a tag. Once again, hopefully this has been left for you. If not, it’s possible to order replacement tags or fobs. While you’re ordering them, it’s worth asking the alarm company to deactivate old tags and fobs, if only for peace of mind.
Change the settings for you
Once you’ve got into the alarm system, unless you’ve reset the system, you’ll find that the settings are all set up as the previous owner had them. It may be that you use the property in a completely different way. Where they may have been early to bed and early to rise, you may be on a different timetable. It’s best to reconfigure the system to suit your lifestyle or your business, so that you can ensure that you’re getting the most out of it, when you need it. Are you bringing any pets with you? Your sensors may need to be adjusted to recognise that they are there too and ignore them.
What if you want a different system?
Of course you don’t have to stick with what you’ve been given. Maybe you have inherited an alarm system that’s very manual and restrictive, or have a schedule that’s more flexible than it is. In this case, a smart home would be far better suited to your needs. Smart security systems allow you to not only turn on and off your security system with your phone, but receive notifications via the app to let you know when it is set or unset and if the alarm is activated.
Would you like some help?
Whether you’d like to know more about the security system you now have, or talk about a different set up we’d be happy to help. If you would like a completely new system, we offer a no-obligation consultation so you can get our advice on what would work best for you.
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