Take Your Home Security To The Next Level With This Checklist

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Whether you just moved into your new home, or you’ve lived there for years, there are steps to take to make sure your home is secure. Everyone wants to feel safe in their home, which is why it’s so important to periodically check the outside and inside of your home for areas that may be at risk. 

This home security checklist is designed to be your go-to tool for monitoring the safety of your home. So print it out, grab a pen and follow along as we work together to make sure your home is protected — and that it stays that way! 

Home Security Checklist: Part 1

Key Areas to Check

Before diving into the list, let’s take a look at these five key areas to check around your home in terms of security. 

1. Locks

Make sure all of the locks around your home are functioning properly. Replace or repair any locks that seem to be damaged. 

Deadbolt locks are recommended for all outward facing doors. These add an extra level of protection to your exterior doors in the event of a break-in. 

If you decide to purchase an older home rather than a new construction, it’s also not a bad idea to change the existing locks or have your locks rekeyed. Video doorbells can also add to your home security, providing you with much needed visibility at your key entry points.  

2. Windows

If windows are missing locks or are easily forced open, install replacement locks to secure your windows. Many first-time home buyers assume they have to replace the window completely, but this isn’t always necessary! 

3. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Without functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, a home incident could quickly turn into a dangerous situation. Always be sure to check the effectiveness of these detectors regularly and replace batteries when necessary. 

4. Keys

Giving an extra key to a trusted loved one is a smart idea, especially in the event of an emergency or lockout. After all, no one wants to get trapped outside in their robe and slippers — even the friendliest of neighbors may give you strange looks! But be sure you are aware of the amount of keys that grant access to your home and who has access to those keys. 

5. Lighting

Double-check the lighting around your home, especially in dark stairwells, hallways and exterior doors. Not only is this for your safety, but it may deter burglars from sneaking around your home. Motion sensing lights are also worth the investment for some extra protection! 

Home Security Checklist: Part 2

35 Questions to Answer

Now, let’s dig into the home security checklist! Here are some important questions to answer about your home’s security: 

Home Security Checklist Basics


  1. Do you have a home security system? 

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Is your home security monitored? 

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Can your valuables be viewed from the street? 

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Is the exterior of your home well lit at night? 

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you advertise that you have a home security system? (Example: A sign in your yard or sticker in your window). 

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Is the garage door always locked when leaving the home and never left open? 

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Are all windows, doors, garage and any vulnerable places or points of entry secured whenever you leave the house?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have timed lights, motion sensor lights, or others to give the home the appearance of being lived-in when no one is home?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you lock the doors every time you leave home, despite how long you are gone for?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


Personal Home Security Checklist


  1. Have you created a personal item inventory?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Did you place serial numbers on your valuable items?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have security contact information listed around the home?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have descriptions or photos of items that can’t be marked with serial numbers?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have an emergency kit in case you need to leave the home abruptly?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Have you considered all variables in evacuation plans? Such as older adults, pets or young children.

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Have you cleaned the outside of the home to make sure burglars don’t have a place to hide?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have a trusted neighbor who can keep a close eye on your home while you are away?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have a system set in place to hold mail, packages, or other items whenever you are on vacation? This system could include a close neighbor or family member.

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Can you see who is at the door without opening it?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


Home Security Checklist Items to Double-Check


  1. Do you have an escape plan in the event of an emergency, break-in or fire?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Is your house number visible from the street?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have any hidden keys around the home, or have a working list of the people who have a spare key to the home?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Have you properly secured these hidden keys so they can’t be found by burglars?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Are any trees on the property high enough to climb that would allow burglars to access second story windows?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do you have valuables on the front lawn? Such as lawn equipment, children’s toys, etc.  

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Are all house and lawn tools kept in the garage or a shed that is adequately locked and secured?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


Other Important Home Security Checklist Details


  1. Have you installed motion sensor lights?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Are all of the windows in the home locked and accounted for?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Is there a neighborhood watch program in your neighborhood?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Are your bicycles securely locked or stored inside of the home?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do your children know how to call for emergency assistance if necessary?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Do your children know how to arm or disarm the home security system if necessary?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Is there a window on the garage or basement? Has it been secured?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


  1. Can all of the doors be securely locked? Are all of the locks in good shape? Is the sliding door well secured?

☐ Yes ☐ No ☐ N/A


At Spencer Properties, we understand the importance of home security. If you’re looking to purchase a home in Raleigh, use this home security checklist to make sure the home fits your security needs. Or, use it to identify the areas that will need improvement and may require extra expenses. 

As always, if you have questions don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re happy to help in any way we can. 

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