It Is A Good Idea To Have Your Locks On Your House Re-Keyed
If you have just purchased a new home, it would be a good idea for you to re-key all of the locks on your home. If your home is newly constructed all you have to do is to think about all of the the contractors, sub-contractors and realtors have already been through the home.
They all had to have a key to get in, so there is a good chance of somebody having your key to your house who should not have it. So it just makes sense that to be safe, one would get the locks re-keyed.
It doesn’t really matter though whether or not the house is of new construction, or the house you are moving into is a previously owned home. The keys to the house are stored in the realtor lock box that hangs on the door knob, and it is still possible for someone to get a copy of that key.
It is a good idea to go looking for a professional locksmith anyway, because there are situations when you might need to call one in an emergency. Having a locksmith re-key your locks is not very expensive at all when you compare the cost of someone having a copy of your key and just entering your home while you are at work to “relieve” you of you possessions.
If you think that this situation could never happen to you, you need to think again. Just to be safe, you have to think like a criminal. It is not too far fetched to imagine someone who has worked as a contractor or a sub contractor who has such a key, and for whatever reason the person decides to go into a life of crime. Stranger things have happened.
Another thing that a new home buyer should insist on is that part of the terms of sale will include the re-keying of all the locks in the house. That would take all of the trouble and expense away from the buyer and everyone will be happy.
Another suggestion would be to buy your own locks yourself and simply install them. That is another viable solution if you are adept at such jobs. While you are at it, you could install deadbolts as well, if they are not already there.
One reason why you might want to strike up a relationship with a locksmith is that there may be certain advantages. If the locksmith is a 24 hour locksmith, that company will be available all the time. If you happen go out for the paper early in the morning in your bathrobe, and accidentally lock yourself out of your own home, you can call the locksmith to come and bail you out, and the fact that they will know you will be an advantage.
If you change the locks or re-key them as soon as you can after you buy the house, you are just taking a logical precaution that may seem simple at first glance, but by doing that you don’t have to worry about the consequences of not changing the locks.
Finally, if you are a business owner, consider having your business set up on a Master Key System.