Moving into a new home brings excitement and along with that, a long checklist of things to do that involve getting a moving truck, packing, and transferring electric service.
One important thing you should add to that list is to make sure the locks at your new home are changed or rekeyed. At closing, you will get the keys to your new home and that’s an amazing feeling, but you never know how many copies of keys the previous owners had made.
Here are some other reasons why you should consider changing or rekeying the locks on your new home located in the Tampa Bay area that includes Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Brandon, and more.
Security Is a Major Concern for Your Home
You’ve made a huge investment in your new home—so you need to take steps to protect your home and your belongings. The previous owners may still have keys and thus it makes it very easy for them to break into your house if they still have access.
Another thing to consider is an update of the security system. The previous owners had access to it and will know the codes. Contact the company that put it in and request for an update to the system. You may also want to change the code on your garage door opener and keypad.
Rekeying Your Home vs. Changing Locks
When it comes to rekeying vs. changing locks, there are some differences between the two. Rekeying is when a locksmith such as Cheap Lock & Key comes in and changes the pins and springs inside the lock and replaces them with new ones that fit a new key. Typically, this service works well when the existing locks are already fairly secure.
Changing locks over entirely is recommended if the locks are older and don’t have the security measures that more modern locks employ, or if you just want to be extra cautious with your home’s security. Some also want to replace locks for aesthetic purposes, as some have different designs or may be easier to operate. Your locksmith will be able to tell you which option is best for your property.
Rekeying is the cheaper option, allowing your current locks to stay in place and function just as well as they did before.
Schedule Your Rekeying or Lock-Changing Appointment in Advance
When you know the day of your closing, go ahead and schedule your appointment with Cheap Lock & Key. We recommend waiting a day or two after closing, as sometimes that process can be delayed. You can also let us know when you schedule the appointment how many locks you will be changing or rekeying.
You may be tempted to go to a hardware store to try and do this yourself, but it’s not recommended. Locksmiths have access to better locks and rekeying is a process that can easily go wrong when an untrained person tries to do it.
Are you buying a new home soon? We can help secure it.
If you’re located in or around Tampa, Wesley Chapel, or Brandon and are soon buying a new home, we can help you take the right security measures to protect your home. We can also recommend the best security systems for you. Give us a call at (813) 545-5462 to set up a consultation.