Securing The Garage Door on Your Newly Purchased Home
So you’ve purchased a new home and the first thing you do is perform all of the general security procedures: changing the locks, installing/programming an alarm system, and even meeting the neighbors. Something that always seems to be overlooked is the garage door and opener.
The garage door is the largest entry door into your home, and probably the most frequently used. Most people would rather enter a code on a keypad than carry around and use a key to the front door (how archaic, right). Think about how often you open and close your door each day (1 cycle). Every day you leave for work in the morning, the kids go to school, you come home from work, they come back from school, you bring the kids to soccer practice, the plumber needs to come fix the sink, etc. Would you say that the door cycles between 5-10 times per day? Let’s look at the different ways you enter your home through the garage door. For automatic garage doors that have a garage door opener, there are usually several ways to get into the garage:
- Garage Door Opener remotes – remotes are usually kept on a keychain and/or on the visor of your vehicle
- Garage Door Keypad – this is fixed on the home outside the garage door
- Your high-end vehicle’s programmed buttons – these buttons are usually located by the rearview mirror
- Smart phone apps – There are now apps which you can program to open and close your garage door from anywhere in the world, as well as check the status of your door if it’s currently open or closed. This is a great way for parents to let their kids or anyone in the house without revealing the code.
With so many different ways to access a garage door, think about how many people could possibly have access to the garage door?
- Service Men
It’s not that you can’t trust these people, but you’re not sure who the previous homeowner let into their house via the garage door. The best way to prevent break-ins through the garage door is to change your garage door opener codes. This includes both the remotes and the outdoor keypad. Each garage door opener model has its own procedure to clear and change these codes, but they’re usually pretty similar. Take the time to secure your new home and change the garage door opener codes to something you and ONLY you will have access to. Especially when you’re new to a neighborhood, it’s a good idea to play it safe and avoid theft.
Here are some “How To” videos for some of the most popular garage door openers. If your model is not listed here, call your local garage door expert.
Genie Garage Door Openers
LiftMaster, Chamberlain & Sears Openers
Precision & Marantec Openers
Justin S has been working with small businesses and garage door companies around the country for the past 3 years. He can be found creating and implementing Search Engine Marketing strategies for small and medium sized businesses.
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