So, the big move day has finally come. You have everything packed safely and marked, the removal van has arrived, loaded up and you are now on your way to your new home. You arrive at your new home, unload the removal van and then get busy unpacking and thinking that you didn’t realize that you had so much stuff. But what is one thing that will have forgotten to arrange to get done?
How about getting your locks changed?
Who Has A Key To Your House?
The majority of people when they move into a new home will either simply forget to arrange to get the locks changed or they will put it off until later either because of the expense of getting it done or because at the time they are too busy.
Not changing the locks on your new home is not really something that you should overlook. Just think about your old home, How many people had a key to get into your home?
- Your Family?
- Your Neighbours?
- Your Friends?
- Possibly the owners before you if you didn’t change the locks on that house either
So how many keys to your new home have you been given? 2, 4 possibly.
So thinking of that when you move into your new home you have no way of knowing who might have a key and be able to gain entry to your property. If you are renting the property then it is possible that the previous tenant may have been evicted. Because it’s not compulsory that the landlord has to change the locks if the previous tenant is holding a grudge then they could easily use the key to gain access and then ransack the place, destroying or stealing all of your belongings. If a spare set of keys was used by a previous owner or tradesman to commit burglary or trash your place then your home insurance claim could be turned down!
Are The Locks Faulty Or Ineffective?
In addition to that, another consideration is that the existing locks could be faulty or ineffective. It might also be a requirement of your insurance that the doors and windows to your property have certain types of locks fitted. Certain home insurance policies require that all of the downstairs windows are fitted with locks and all of the doors, where possible, are fitted with high security, 5-lever mortice locks. Some insurance companies could refuse to pay a claim if there is no sign of forced entry after a burglary.
So on the top of your to-do list, you need “Find A Locksmith Near Me” A professional local locksmith will review the current security situation of your home and advise you on what will be best for you and your budget. You will then be able to sleep better at night knowing your Kelowna home is safe and secure. It’s also a good idea to keep his number in your phone just in case you get locked out or lose a key and need a 24 hour locksmith.