Moving into a new home is exciting. You will have a lot on your plate, but there’s one important task that you shouldn’t overlook. Hire a locksmith to change or rekey the locks at your new home as soon as possible after closing.
Why You Should Change or Rekey the Locks
The previous owner may have kept an extra key. It’s also possible that the past owner’s family members and friends, as well as a babysitter, housekeeper, contractor, and other individuals still have copies. You simply have no way of knowing who may have a key to your new home.
Anyone who has a key could show up, enter the house, and commit a burglary, vandalism, or another type of crime. Changing or rekeying the locks can give you peace of mind that your new home, your family, and your belongings will be secure.
The Difference Between Changing and Rekeying Locks
Changing and rekeying the locks at your new house can both keep unwanted individuals out, but the processes are different. Changing a lock involves removing the hardware in the door while rekeying leaves the old lock in place but changes the locking mechanism so that old keys no longer work.
Rekeying a lock is a simpler process than installing a whole new lock. The cost to perform either service will depend on the types of locks the house currently has, how difficult it would be to replace or rekey them, whether a door would need to be modified, and how many exterior locks need to be changed or rekeyed.
Schedule an Appointment with a Locksmith Before You Close on Your New House
The weeks leading up to closing and moving are stressful. With so much on your plate, it’s easy to overlook the need to change or rekey the locks. If you don’t make an appointment ahead of time, you may be forced to wait several days or longer after you move into your new home. In the meantime, your family will be vulnerable.
Getting in touch with a locksmith and making arrangements now can let you get the job taken care of right after you move in. Beginning the process in advance can also give you an opportunity to discuss the types of locks the house currently has and decide whether to rekey them or change them.
All United Locksmith serves customers across Connecticut. We can change or rekey the locks at your new house to keep your family and your possessions safe. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.