The ultimate excitement comes with closing the costs and getting the keys to your new home. However, do you know who has the duplicate to the house keys? You can never be sure of how many duplicate keys the previous owner had made and how many are still around with several people, such as his/her family members, relatives, neighbors, friends, contractors, or service workers. If anyone has a duplicate of the house, they can access it anytime, and you never know who it is. You can’t even imagine the idea of having a stranger in your home unknowingly. That means you should change the locks for your safety and the security of your household investments.
Once Wisconsin movers are through with moving you to your new abode and, of course, after unpacking, its time to change the locks. You have two options: re-keying your locks or replacing them.
Re-keying your locks
Re-keying your locks means getting a locksmith to modify and adjust the tumblers in the locks. As a result, it prevents old keys from working on the lock. Therefore it guarantees your convenience and security.
Since you can’t be sure who has the keys to your property, re-keying allows you to take control of who and account for every one of your house keys and who has it. Re-keying renders all other old keys useless, therefore giving you a sense of security because it removes access for anyone who had access before, especially the previous owner’s friends.
Re-keying also has an added advantage since it offers you the convenience of using a single key for all your door locks. That is helpful if you have a roommate that needs to access the house as well.
You can also utilize re-keying to deter off old tenants, unwanted friends, family members, neighbors, former housemates, etc.
Changing/replacing your locks
Changing the locks is a different thing altogether. It involves buying new locks and replacing the existing ones. It is an expensive option when compared to re-keying. It is also a good option if re-keying does not give you the satisfaction of sufficient security.
Also, if you think that the existing locks are compromised, removing them is a good option rather than compromising your security. A compromised link can make it easy for buglers and stalkers to enter your home, and by rectifying that, you are eliminating the weak link for your safety.
The other benefit of changing locks is the aesthetic factor. When you change locks, you don’t have to replace it with the same ones; you get to choose what appeals to you depending on the design, color, and style. You end up with a good looking door lock.
In addition to that, you can personalize the door locks to suit your needs and your family’s needs.
When changing the locks, you can do it yourself, but if you don’t have the experience, call a professional locksmith who will do the job faster and neatly. Again, remember that with some homes, especially in gated communities, you may be unable to change the lock system since the developer has the master key system. Talk to your developer first.
Finally, changing locks is a must-do when you move into a new house for your safety and security.