Making the move into a new home is surely an exciting time. However, in the midst of all the excitement—especially the prospect of a clean slate on which to start redesigning your surroundings—you should not forget about prioritizing your security.
Especially because you’re new to the place, you need to double-check all your doors and windows to keep out any unwelcome visitors, such as wayward animals or trespassers and robbers. In this vein, the first thing you need to do is hire a locksmith who can install the proper locks for all entryways. Following are some specific reasons why you should not be complacent about the security of your new place.
Access by the Previous Tenant
In case your “new house” is not exactly a brand-new structure (i.e., another owner just moved out of it), you need to have all keys and locks changed. This makes sure that no one unauthorized will be able to enter your home. You can’t be too sure the keys turned over to you are the only ones in existence. Err on the side of caution and have everything replaced. You never know who may have an extra set of keys to your new property.
While on the topic of keys, if you do misplace your keys (old or new), it’s best to just have everything changed. It may seem unnecessary, but even if you do recover your keys, you don’t know if they might have already been duplicated by someone else. It will result in additional expense on your part, but it is worth the security and items lost, should a thief have duplicated them.
Improvement of Lock Systems
Deteriorating locks are always a great reason to change them. Sometimes, however, you move into a house with perfectly working locks. Still, depending on your needs and preferences, it doesn’t hurt to upgrade your lock system, just in case the old ones are about to wear out.
Some homeowners replace their entire lock and key system with digital codes. Others use a combination of both key and code. Whichever kind of system you go for, it is important that it endures and keeps your house safe from outside threats.
Also, it is always better if you install or fix your lock system before you actually move into the house. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting it done on the day of the move itself, or even in the days following. A locksmith like those from Coastal Contract Hardware in Myrtle Beach, SC can help you update your locks quickly so you can get a good night’s rest on your very first night in your new home.
Coastal Contract Hardware is an experienced locksmith serving the entire Grand Strand area, including installation and maintenance of locks and doors. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as 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. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook as well!