Changing the Locks on Your New Place
Moving into a new place, whether it is an apartment, condo, or house, is exciting and stressful. There are so many details things to remember, details to pay attention to, things to unpack, and spaces to make your own. Sitting at the top of almost everyone’s priority list when moving into a new place is to feel at home and that means safe. However, safety and security tends to be the last thing on people’s minds due to the chaos, but above all, due to ignorance. Whenever you move into a new place, be it old or new, the single-most important thing to do, in terms of safety and security, is to have a professional locksmith like Huntington Locksmiths to change or rekey your locks.
There are several reasons why you should get your locks changed or rekeyed, regardless of the neighborhood, the age of the home, and/or what you know about the past owners.
Pre-Owned – The very first thing you should when you move into a pre-owned place is have the locks changed. Although you may have been told the previous owners or tenants may have handed you all of the keys, this is often NOT TRUE. In fact, previous homeowners and occupants almost always have duplicate keys created, hidden, or have had others hold onto a spare. In addition, family members, exes, and friends could have a copy of the key. It is important to act as if there are several copies of your keys floating around and to assume they are not in good hands. If you are a tenant, it is your right to ask your landlord to rekey your rental space.
Post Renovations – After having your home renovated, it is a good idea to have your locks rekeyed or changed, unless you were super vigilant, at all times, or unless you personally know every tradesman. Unfortunately, during renovations there are dozens of tradesman, contractors, architects, and other specialists who are on premise. At any point in time any one of those individuals could have swiped your keys and/or made a copy of them. In addition, these individuals have had the opportunity to scope out your home and know what you own and where it is located.
New Constructions – Are you wondering why in the world you would have your locks changed or rekeyed on a brand new place? Well, similarly to the post-renovation scenario, dozens upon dozens of workers have access to your home, during the construction phases. In fact, upwards of a dozen individuals probably have a copy of the key(s) because they may need to access your home for deliveries or because they/their crew may start earlier or end later. Another reason you should have your locks changed, completely, as opposed to rekeyed, is because contractors tend to install lower quality locks on new constructions because they are cheaper. Unless you specifically choose the locks, you should at least assume they are not high quality products.
Apart from choosing the locks yourself and watching them be installed, it is critically important to have your locks changed or rekeyed. A professional locksmith can be trusted and will install your new locks or cylinders, while you watch. Lastly, they can provide you with expert advice regarding the type of lock and quality of lock to use. When it comes to your safety and security and that of loved ones and your home, don’t take any chances. Call a professional locksmith like our trustworthy and reliable experts at Huntington Locksmiths.