When you buy a new home, you’re full of excitement and possibilities. You have a list of all the things you want to do to the house, whether you’re having new floors put in, a new conservatory, walls knocked through, decorating done, amongst a million other possible ideas you could do to your new four walls. Of course, it’s totally normal to feel that way, and you should definitely embrace this fantastic time in your life.
There are risks however, and ones which you should be taking very seriously indeed.
Unless you are doing the entire renovation and redecoration work yourself, there are going to be times when you have a third party coming into your home and changing things for you, whether it is a painter, a builder, or an architect perhaps. It might also be that during the times when these people need access to your future home, you are out at work or running errands, unable to be there, so it makes perfect sense to give out a spare key to your contractors.
Is this a problem?
It can be, if you don’t think about rekeying before you move in yourself.
Not everyone is honest in this world unfortunately, and it may be that if you don’t change your locks when you start to move in and live in your new home, that you may begin to notice things going missing or even worse. Why? Because said contractors were not honest, and are still gaining access to your home.
Of course, we have to say here and now that the vast majority of contractors are fantastically honest people who would never dream of doing things like this, but not everyone is that honest. Do you want to take that risk?
For that reason, it is vital that you contact a locksmith and get the locks changed before you move into your new home. That way, you start your time in your new place afresh, with no worries about how might be lurking when you’re not around.
Instead of giving out keys to friends and family, or other people, when you’re not around, how about thinking towards a keyless deadbolt? This handy initiative means you give the person a code to gain access to your home, but it expires after their visit, so they cannot gain access again, unless you give them another access code.
Security is something we all need to take ultra-seriously these days, and whilst that is unfortunate, because we want to be able to trust everyone we come into contact with, we do not live in such trustworthy times. Cover all bases and none of this need be a problem for you, and the first port of call is to change those locks!