Getting the keys to your new home is exciting, but it should also serve as a reminder to handle the most basic safety precautions. Think “Safety First” with your new home.
It’s time to change the locks!
When people buy homes, there’s a tendency to think “Big Picture” on home improvements. Flooring, painting, and furniture are common “just-moved-in” purchases, as are cable television and utility packages.
A small price to pay for Safety
But the most important move-in purchase is for your safety, and it may also be the least expensive — rekey your locks and install deadbolts for your doors.
Every home has at least one, and sometimes up to a dozen, keyed points of entry. And until you change those locks, there’s no telling just how many people may have access to your home.
For example, your home’s prior owners may have shared house keys with any/all of the following people :
- Real estate agents
- Neighbors and friends
- Parents, brothers, and sisters
- Home cleaning service
- Dog walkers and pet sitters
– and no telling who else!
Those keys will still gain entry into your home until you change the locks. This is why your first act homeowner should be for your safety, to replace all your home’s keyed entries with new locks and/or deadbolts.
Lots of Locks to Choose From
Locks and deadbolts come in a variety of designs and finishes, with varying price points. A basic single-cylinder, keyed deadbolt can cost less than $20, and a powerful digital-entry, the keyless system sells for $200-plus. There is a bevy of models at prices in between, too.
Regardless of which lock system you choose, don’t procrastinate on installation. Ideally, your locks should be changed on the same day of purchase, as close to closing’s completion as possible.
Hardware stores carry most deadbolt varieties and many can be installed with just a screwdriver. For complicated installations, talk to a locksmith.
Now is the perfect time to decide if you want a security system (read reviews before you choose) monitored by others, a Ring Doorbell or similar product that you can keep an eye on your house from your cell phone, or other more advanced safety systems.
The Bottom Line
Don’t let the excitement of the day cloud the immediate need to protect your family from uninvited visitors who may have a key to your castle. Change the locks immediately.