5 Lock & Key Tips for Every Homeowner Out There
You have bought your family’s first home. We congratulate you and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours – just be sure to keep up with your monster mortgage payments!
Now that you have the keys to your new home, it is time to toss them into the garbage and replace all of the locks in your home with new and durable ones.
This is the only way you can defend your home from unwanted intruders and guests!
Here are five lock and key tips every new homeowner needs to know:
1. Change All the Locks Right Away
Many new homeowners purchase properties that have already been lived in. While this has become the norm for so many families, they tend to fail at the most basic thing. And that’s changing the locks.
When you move into a pre-owned home, then it is of the utmost importance that you immediately change all the locks right away, from the doors to the windows to the garage. The previous owners may be kind, decent folk, but you don’t want to risk having someone else gain entry into your home.
Yes, it might be a hassle at first, but it is a worthwhile expense.
2. Do Not Hide a Key Near Your Home
Because we are sometimes clumsy and lose important items, a lot of homeowners think they’re clever by hiding a set of keys near their home, whether it is under mat at the front door or in a plant just next to the main entrance.
This is a dangerous and risky endeavour for you.
So many things can go wrong with this tactic, such as an unscrupulous person witnessing you pick up your key from underneath the mat or family members welcoming themselves in your home.
Whatever you do, please refrain from hiding your key. Instead, give it to a trustworthy neighbour, a family member you wouldn’t mind coming over, or a best friend.
3. Hire a Locksmith for Lock Needs
If a homeowner is doing renovations, then they tend to make the mistake of using the contractor for absolutely everything in the house, including the locks and keys.
Remember, contractors may have the basic know-how for this task, but locksmiths are fully trained, licensed, and authorized to perform this function.
Moving forward, should you wish to take down the doors and windows and fit them with new locks, only hire a professional locksmith – and nobody else.
4. Only Install the Most Durable Locks
Look, we get it, you’re cash-strapped, especially now that you have made the biggest acquisition in your lifetime. You can’t go out and be extravagant, even if it is for your property.
That said, what’s more important? Your money or your safety? If you’re wise, then the latter!
When you’re remodeling your home or taking our first suggestion, then you will want the most durable locks around, ones that cannot be damaged by criminals and burglars.
Ultimately, you will want a deadbolt. Or, if you’re embracing home automation, then you may also want a smart lock to complement your system.
Whatever the case might be, choose something strong and durable, not flimsy and weak.
5. Going Away? Lock Every Door & Window
It might be common sense, but you know what they say: Common sense is not so common.
Whenever you’re going away for a long period of time – vacation, business trip, a weekend getaway – you should lock every single door and window in your home. While it can be nice to allow the cool air to infiltrate your home, even the windows on your second storey should be shut and locked.
You want every precaution necessary to ensure your home is safe and secure when you’re gone.
There’s a reason why locksmiths exist. When you’re watching a locksmith remove a lock, install a new one, and make sure that it is properly in place ready to withstand the test of time, it looks easy, causing you to think that you can do it yourself with a drill you hardly use and a toolbelt you haven’t worn since last Thanksgiving.
But every professional who has been in this business for a long time makes it look easy.
That said, when you have moved into a new home, it is critical that you adopt these recommendations. Otherwise, you place your home at a disadvantage and potentially welcome intruders.
Don’t let your biggest investment be under a constant threat!