Moving into a new apartment or purchasing a new home is a time for celebrating, but it’s also the time when you should be the most prepared to tackle the unexpected. Right before or on your move-in date is the perfect time to change the locks. Property owners often ask the question, “Why do I even need to rekey my locks?” The answer is a simple one – to make sure that you are protecting your assets and keeping your family safe. After all, you have no way of knowing exactly how many copies of the old key have been made and passed around and who might want to let themselves in and help themselves to your belongings when you are away. First Lock & Security Technologies list reasons to change your locks before you move in.
Changing Locks Keeps Previous Tenants & Owners Out
Unless you are buying new construction, there is a good chance that someone lived in the property before you. Even if only one person has a key, that’s one key too many. Just the thought of someone entering your home without your knowledge is an alarming prospect, especially if it’s a disgruntled former owner who was unfortunate enough to lose the property due to foreclosure and can’t entirely accept that the home no longer belongs to them. You simply never know who has keys to your home; rekeying your locks will protect your home and the family that lives inside.
Make Your Doors & Home More Secure
Your exterior door locks are your first line of defense so rekeying them before you move in is an excellent way to protect your family, especially when it comes to older residences. With so many new advancements in technology, there are ways to access your home that doesn’t even have to revolve around a key. You may choose to replace some of your locks with keyless entry hardware, you can easily control who can come into the property and quickly delete the code when their work is done.
Lock Change Minimizes Home Insurance Risks
A home break-in is a terrifying experience that is also a violation of your personal space. Homeowners who have experienced a break-in rely on their insurance company to be by their side and guide them through a completely overwhelming experience. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case for many victims of break-ins. It’s important to remember that your insurance company is a business, and like many other businesses, they are responsible for keeping operational costs low and claims to a minimum. A faulty lock could potentially cause your claim to be denied. Most insurance theft claims require signs of forced entry. If you are unable to prove forced entry, your request could potentially be rejected. If your claim is denied, you would be forced into the unfortunate position of having to cover any replacement costs. Installing new locks will give you the confidence of knowing that your home is protected.
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The locks on your exterior doors and windows play an essential role in securing your home and keeping your family safe. Make sure you keep the security of your home at the top of your to-do list and schedule an appointment to have the locks changed upon moving in. To learn more about professional residential locksmith services, contact the First Lock & Security Technologies experts today.