There are few moments in life as exciting—and as hectic—as moving into a new home. Exciting because it’s a new chapter in your family’s life; hectic because you have to cart most of your belongings from your old place to your new one.
Between the hustle and bustle of moving, it’s surprising, then, why many newly relocated families often forget about a small but crucial detail about their home: the door locks.
New Owners, Same Locks
In most cases, the keys your broker hands to you are the same ones used by the home’s previous occupants. Hypothetically speaking, as long as the former owner has a spare set of keys, he or she can still enter your home.
While the likelihood of this happening is rather slim, do consider that the previous owner may have handed a copy of the house keys to any number of people: their relatives, a friend, a cleaning service company, etc. If any of these duplicate keys were not returned—and if the holders were not informed of the move—they may very well waltz into your property unimpeded.
Not only is this scenario a privacy concern, but this is also a safety issue as you don’t want strangers in your new home. As such, many real estate agents advise their clients to change out the door locks to avoid any such concern.
To Rekey or to Replace
Indeed, keeping the old door locks is not an option if you want to preserve your privacy and protect your home from potential burglaries. However, many people who just moved houses are reluctant to take this extra step to secure their home. After all, moving to a new home can be financially taxing—and the last thing you want is yet another bill to foot.
The good news is, you don’t even need to replace the doors in your home. An alternate option is a much simpler process called rekeying. In it, a locksmith will simply disassemble a door’s lock cylinder, where the key slots in. He then discards the old lock pins and replaces then with a new set. Because only a part of the door is being modified, re-keying often turns out much cheaper (and quicker) than outright replacement.
However, there maybe instances where you might want to replace the door locks themselves instead of just replacing the lock cylinder. If you’re not too handy with tools, it might be better to simply call a professional for help. New locks might also be desirable if you renovated the house before moving in and the new door locks will better suit the current aesthetics of your home.
Should You Replace the Door Locks Yourself?
Whether you choose to rekey or replace your doors, you may have wondered: “Why not just do the work myself so I can save some money?”
While this is indeed true, you might not necessarily have the skills and the tools to carry out this task. What’s more, if you were to botch the installation of the locks, you leave your home very vulnerable to burglars and other criminals. After all, a poorly installed door lock is tantamount to having no lock in the first place.
That being said, you should get locksmith service only from trusted companies such as Coastal Contact Hardware. We have a wide range of door locks and styles to choose from, ensuring that you will find something that suits your budget and needs. With our expertise, you can focus more on settling into your new home and leave the responsibility of replacing/rekeying door locks in the hands of the real experts.
We service areas in North and South Carolina including Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To find out more, get in touch by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500.