Re-Keying Locks in New Home

There is much excitement when moving into a new home. As the proud homeowner, there are some precautions you should take to make sure your new home is safe. It is important to understand that there may be a variety of people who have keys to your new home.

If the previous owner employed a dog sitter or a house keeper, they might still have keys. If the home has changed ownership on multiple occasions, there might even be previous owners with keys to your home. For these reasons it is recommended that you have your locks changed.

You can opt to have a locksmith come out and rekey the entire house. You can also opt to take the locks to your local locksmith. If happen to have locks throughout the house that use various keys, you can have them all rekeyed to the same key, if they are the same brand of locks. You might even opt to have all of your locks and hardware changed on the doors. When doing this you can again, bring the new locks to your local locksmith to have them keyed the same. It may save you a significant amount of money to have the locks keyed at the shop, rather than having the locksmith come out to your home. Call your local locksmith to see if there is any difference in the rate.

An additional suggestion for the new home owner – if you leave a spare key with your neighbor because he or she is coming in to feed your pet while you’re on vacation, consider putting your pet’s name on the key rather than your family’s name. This way if the key ever falls into the wrong person’s hands, they will not readily know which home it belongs to.





Posted on August 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM