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The Importance of Re-Keying Your Home

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The Importance of Re-Keying Your Home

In the excitement of moving into a new home, there’s one thing that you must remember to do if you want to keep your home and belongings secure. Re-keying your locks is one of the very first things you should do, preferably before you ever even unpack the first moving box.


Why Re-keying Your Home is Important


When you move into a new home, you can never be sure that you have all the copies of the house keys that were ever made. The previous owners could have left copies with neighbours, given copies to babysitters or contractors, or even kept a copy for themselves.


If someone gains access to your home with a key, you may not even be aware that you’ve been robbed for days or weeks, and there’s always the risk that the intruder could return to help themselves to more of your belongings.

Even if your house is a newly constructed home, contractors could have a copy of the lockbox key, giving them access to your home. Anyone with a copy of the key to your house can gain access quickly and quietly, putting you at risk of being robbed or worse.


Options for Securing Your Home


When you move into your new home, you really have two options. You can choose to replace the entire locking mechanism in every exterior door, or you could rekey the locks. The first option is expensive and time consuming, but the second one is not. Re-keying is less expensive and takes very little time, so you can secure your new home quickly.


If your locks are old or damaged in some way, you may want to consider going ahead and replacing the old locks with new ones. This costs more money, but can make your home more secure, and it will guarantee that you are the only one with access to the keys.


Before you ever move your family or belongings into your new home, contact a professional locksmith to come out and re-key your locks. It won’t take long to do, but it will give you a peace of mind that’s priceless.