If you live with roommates, being on the same page as them when it comes to security is key to a safe home. Here are some questions to ask before moving in to make sure you have the same priorities on home security. Image from chriswaits.
Some of these things might seem like no brainers, but it's better to make sure everyone agrees before you sign a lease together or move into an empty room.
- When, if ever, is it OK to leave the door or windows unlocked? What about open?
- How well do you or your housemates need to know someone before they come over? What about overnight guests?
- Should spare keys be made? If so, where are they kept and who should be lent them?
- If you have a pet, should they ever be let outside? If so, can they be unsupervised?
You should never have to worry about how safe your own home is because of something your roommates do, but basic home security is often overlooked, and can be a huge point of contention. Spend the time before you move in and make sure you're all agreed, and everyone in the house takes security as seriously as you do — or at least cares enough that you're comfortable living and storing your belongings there.
Worth It: Safety & Security Discussions You Should Have with Your Roommates [Apartment Therapy]