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Why You Should Change Your Locks After Moving To A New Home

When you move to a new home, there are a million things which go through your head. It’s an exciting and stressful time in your life and the start of a new beginning.


Thinking about mortgage/rent payments, packing, unpacking, your new neighbours, renovating, and decorating can make it easy to forget something many people overlook. Your security. Over 50% of people don’t change their locks when they move to a new home.


While it may be a hugely symbolic moment, when you receive the key to your new home, especially if it’s your first time as a homeowner, you shouldn’t overlook keeping your new home safe.


As soon as the home removalist has unloaded the last box, changing your locks should be the first thing you think about.


Keep reading for reasons why you should change your locks after moving to a new home.


Security


When you move to your new home, security and changing the locks on the front and back door should be your number one priority. Think about how much money you are investing in your property. Not only that, it has all of your valuables and sentimental items – many which you can never replace.
Do you want to risk someone else having a copy of your key?


It’s only common for people to create copies of their keys. Which they then give to family members, trusted neighbours, friends, and even cleaners/contractors.


The thought about strangers having quick and easy access to your home should be enough to make you a bit uneasy.


The last thing you want to worry about when you are in your new home is if someone is going to be able to break in as easily as unlocking a door.


Insurance Problems


Some insurance policies require you to change the locks, or it will invalidate your insurance policy,


There is no way to know how many previous owners there have been at your new home, and how many copies of keys they have made. It’s impossible to know that every renter returned all the keys to your real estate agent.


What happens if a previous occupier, or a tradesman who did work on the property break into your home. Although, there are no signs of forced entry. This could invalidate your insurance claim. Be sure to read the fine print to find out.


Almost every insurance company requires evidence of forced entry as a requirement before considering paying out any claim. If you failed to change the locks and allowed someone with an old key to gain entry to the property, it doesn’t meet the requirement for forced entry.


Make sure that your insurance policy covers you as intended. Keep your home and belongings safe by changing your locks when you move into your new house.


Why Consider Changing Locks


If you’re still unsure about changing locks for a new house or don’t see the importance of it, ask yourself the following questions.
● How many previous occupants have there been in your new home?
● Has the property been rented in the past?
● Has anyone given a set of keys to a tradesman or a cleaner?
● When were the window locks changed last?
● Has the property ever been managed by a third party?
● Have all of the keys from the above people been returned?
● Can you be sure that no one made a copy of the keys they had?


It’s not possible to know for sure the answer to any of these questions. But it comes down to making an educated guess and asking yourself if it is a risk you are happy to live with.


All it takes is for one person to have a key still. Perhaps they gave the key to someone else they know too.


What if you have bought a brand new home where none of these applies?
Ask yourself, how many of the tradesmen who worked on building the home had access to the keys?


Peace Of Mind


Don’t be part of the over 50% of people who don’t change locks when you move to your new home.


Ultimately, changing your locks after you move to a new home provides you with complete peace of mind. Relax knowing that you and your family, pets, and all of your valuable belongings are safe and secure at all times.
This lets you enjoy your new home. Rather than always worrying if someone may force entry into your home anytime you leave the house, or while you are asleep.


Change The Locks As A Renter


If you are renting a property, it’s even more recommended to change the locks. As the number of people who have previously lived in the house and had access to a key is higher than for people buying properties.


First, you should advise your real estate agent. But they generally will allow you to change the key as long as you then provide them with a copy of the new key.


This is much safer for only the real estate agent to have a copy of the key, rather than potentially everyone who has previously rented the property.
For additional information about your rights to change the lock as a renter, visit the Consumer Affairs website.


DIY vs Hiring A Locksmith


Should you hire a professional locksmith, or change the locks DIY?


Locks are relatively inexpensive and available from any hardware store or any DIY shop. The process to change them is also rather simple for anyone handy with tools. There are also tutorials available on YouTube.


However, it’s recommended to hire a professional locksmith so that you know that the lock has been installed 100% correctly.


Worrying about moving to a new home and your security is a stressful time, which is why Local And Interstate Removals makes moving one less thing for you to worry about. We provide well-planned moves at affordable prices by professional movers. Contact us today to discuss all of your moving requirements. Call 1300 705 705 or email info@localandinterstateremovals.com.au