After poring over real estate listings and taking countless virtual tours, you've finally signed the papers and hold in your hand the keys to your new home. You're eager to move in, unpack, make a few changes, and explore your new neighborhood. But first, you should take a moment to look at those keys, and ask yourself, "How many sets of these keys are out there?" How many sets of keys did you and your family members have for your old residence?
Your security and peace of mind are well worth the cost of lock replacement. You use door locks every day, so perhaps you might be tempted to figure out what you need yourself, or ask a "handy" friend for advice. It's simple, right up until you look at the lock section of the hardware store: Knobs or levers, passage sets, privacy locksets, entry locksets (with or without deadlatch), deadbolts (keyed one or both sides), not to mention all the finishes. And what lockset will fit on your doors, and what style is best for a patio door, or an old wooden door?
Most of us don't have the time or inclination to figure it all out. You will save loads of time and aggravation (and lots of money, if you or your handyman is particularly inept) if you call a professional. A locksmith can help you choose the right locksets for your doors, ones that look attractive, operate smoothly, and stop intruders. If you like the existing hardware, a locksmith can rekey it for you.
Be sure to refit every entry to your home. Pay special attention to secluded entryways, such as patios and balconies. You should secure the door from the house to the garage just like any other entry. Overhead garage doors are favorite targets of burglars, and once in the garage, thieves often have easy access to the rest of the home.
If you have a pool, you need a gate lock for the safety of children and pets. If you have a home office or workshop, consider installing locks on these doors as well.
A professional locksmith can do it all, freeing you to rehang photos and shuffle the furniture until it's just right. The sooner you contact us, the sooner you can relax and feel secure in your new home.