Change your locks after buying a new house!
If you just bought a new house you have so many things to take care of, paperwork like mortgage, insurances but also practical things like furniture, designing, packing, unpacking, transportation, new neighbors, surroundings, and so on. In the midst of all these, it seems that most of them forget one of the most important things – Security of your new house.
Many people do not realise that after buying a new house, their security is in a really vulnerable state.
There are many reasons that make us say this, as we keep coming across numerous instances of breakins into new house owners’ property and robbing stuff, as well as causing damage to the propperty.
How to ensure perfect security of your home?
If you’re confused about how to go about ensuring the required level of safety after moving into a new home, you should consider changing the home’s locks. It may seem like an expensive thing to do, as well as quite a bit of hassle, but in many case it sure is worth it. With crime rates hitting new highs almost everywhere, changing your new home’s locks definitely is a very sensible idea.
There are quite a few reasons that make changing your new home’s lock a necessary thing to do, but if you still aren’t convinced, you can read some specific reasons to do so below.
Spare keys and risk from the previous owner
In many cases the new home owner is not even be aware of how many spare keys of the home are floating around. The previous owner might be having a couple of sets at least, and this too is something risky to ignore, especially if you don’t know the previous owner personally. I’d probably go on to say that even if you know them personally, it still doesn’t make sense to trust them completely. Also, it’s not always about whom you trust and whom you don’t, but also about ensuring that safe feeling when you go to sleep every night.
Furthermore, even if you’re comfortable with the previous owner having access to your house, there may still be quite a few other spare keys they might have given to other people, including their friends, family members, neighbors, contractors, nanny, workers, and so on. You obviously don’t want to trust so many unknown people and give them access to your home.
Again, if you’ve bought an old house, chances are that the previous owner might have had roommates or partners, who have spare keys with them, regardless of whether they are still in touch with them or not. This also includes people the previous owner may have found guilty of committing something wrong and kicked out of their house.
If the previous owner lost their keys, chances are that the person who found them has access to the house (thus your belongings) . Eventhough they may or may not know to whom the key belongs, it’s still a security threat, especially in case they are looking for an opportunity to break into your home. In some cases we found the keys were stolen from the previous owner, obviously this poses a rather serious security threat.
Ensuring the secure feel
Well, I don’t exactly know how you feel when you discover that quite a few unknown people have access to your new home, but it’s quite unsettling for me. Regardless of whether one comes across any unfortunate situation or not, the insecure feeling itself is enough a reason to change the locks of your new home. After all, you may be having small kids at home, and it may get pretty daunting sometimes when you realize that a stranger could break into your home when you are out and far away from your home.
Why change keys if you’ve bought a brand new house?
Some people who buy a brand new house from a realtor or through real estate brokers think that there isn’t any need to change the locks, simply because it’s a brand new home. However, they often are far from being right.
In fact, quite a lot of people (workers) have access to a brand new home, and most of them are unknown people who have probably worked for a long time while building your home. These guys obviously know everything about your home and possibly use a spare or duplicate key to break into your home.