There are a number of reasons why you might need to replace the locks and keys to your home or car. Losing your keys is the most common one, while rekeying after a break-in is one of the worst-case scenarios. But, one that might not cross people’s minds is the need to rekey immediately after moving into a new house.
Make your new house secure
Think about how long the previous owners lived in your new house, and maybe even the owners before them if the locks weren’t changed or rekeyed in between. During this time, multiple spare keys may have been cut and handed out to trusted friends and family members. The thing is, just because they were trusted by those owners, doesn’t mean you can necessarily trust them. After all, you probably have no idea who they are, and vice versa.
You’d like to think that no one would stoop to the levels of breaking into their friend’s, brother’s, or parents old house, but it is definitely better to err on the side of caution. There’s no need to risk it when there is such a simple way to ensure your peace of mind and security in your new home.
As well as friends and family members, laborers who have worked on home improvement or maintenance jobs in that house may also have access via a spare key or what they call a builder’s key. This puts you at even more risk.
Rekeying vs. changing the locks
Your two main options for ensuring that your new home is secure are rekeying and changing the locks. Both are effective solutions, but replacing the locks entirely is a more expensive option. If the locks haven’t been changed in a really long time and look worn or damaged, then replacing the locks may be worth the investment. Otherwise, rekeying is a simpler process that still ensures any keys left in circulation will not allow other people to gain entry into your house.
You’ll then be handed your new keys and any spares. You may hand these spare keys out to people you know, but at least you are in control over what happens to them and who you entrust them to, if anyone.
If you’ve just moved into a new house or are planning a move in Winston Salem, High Point, Lexington, and their surrounding areas, then contact us about rekeying your new home.