Moving into a new home is an exciting proposition, and just like many homebuyers, you are probably adding to your checklist of items that need to be done before your move date. Getting everything packed, hiring a moving truck, and transferring utilities are some of the items already on your list, but what about the locks on your new home? At closing, you will receive the keys to your property, and that in itself is cause for celebration, but on the downside, you have no idea how many copies of keys have been handed out and who has access to them. Even if your home is new construction, contractors, realtors, and tradespeople may still have a set of keys. Don’t risk the security of your investment; contact the experts at First Lock & Security Technologies and make arrangements for a qualified and licensed locksmith to rekey or install new locks on your new home. We list some of the reasons you should consider changing or rekeying the locks on your new home.
How Do I Secure My New Home?
Your home’s security is critical to keep your family and belongings safe. Rekeying or installing an upgraded locking system on your property should be high on your list of priorities, preferably after closing and before you move into your new home. If you purchase a home with a security system, make sure you contact the alarm company and request a reset and instructions to enter a new set of codes. When you move into your new space, you have no idea how many keys there may be and in whose hands they are. This unknown variable places you and your family at risk. Rekeying and/or upgrading to new locks will render any other keys used by the previous owners or tradespeople useless, reducing the risk of a crime being committed and your property compromised.
Rekey or Replace Locks
Both of these services will stop the old keys from opening the door. If you opt to replace the lock, you will be replacing the existing lock, including the handle, with a brand new locking system. On the other hand, rekeying your locks means that the pins inside the lock are rearranged to match the new key, and the old keys will no longer work.
As a Tenant, Can You Change Door Locks with Landlord Permission?
If you plan on renting an apartment, take a moment to check your lease and the landlord-tenant laws. Unlike California, some states require that the apartment complex change locks between each occupant. If you plan on changing the locks yourself, take a moment to read through your lease for a list of requirements. Some leases contain a clause that allows you to replace the lock yourself, provided you give a copy of the new key to your landlord. Other leases may have a clause that states if you lose your key, the landlord has the right to rekey or replace the lock with money that will be deducted from your security deposit.
Schedule an Appointment to Change Locks Ahead of Time
Schedule your appointment with your First Lock & Security Technologies licensed technician after your closing date and before your move-in date. Getting your locks rekeyed or changed before moving in will give you peace of mind and understanding that your family and belongings are kept safe and secure. Suppose you have already closed on your home or are planning on closing. In that case, you will have several things to take care of before moving in, including contacting your First Lock & Securities Technology expert for advice on securing your property and scheduling an appointment to rekey or change the locks on your home.
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