The Importance of Changing Your Locks When You Move Into Your New Home
According to recent surveys nearly 60 percent of people don’t change the locks on a new property when they move in. They simply trust the landlord or estate agent to have collected all the keys to the property and don’t think much of it, but this could put your home at a much higher risk of being burgled. In fact, it can even put future home insurance claims at risk if an unknown set of spare keys was used to break into your home.
Changing the locks on a new home is one of the most basic security precautions to take, but only a few of us ever bother to do so, especially in rural areas where the perceived rate of crime is much lower. So, in this article produced with the security experts at Locksmith Derby, we’re going to outline the importance of changing your locks when you move into a new home, as well as highlighting some other security precautions you can take when you move house.
Before You Move Into a New Home
Before even considering a move to a new home, you should examine the property thoroughly to ensure that there are no pre-existing security issues that you should be concerned about, if there are it’s worth taking these up with the estate agent. Here’s a brief list of factors to consider: –
- Are the windows secure with double-glazing and locks?
- How many access points does the house have and are they secured with a decent lock?
- Are outbuildings and other external areas fully secure with locks?
- Is the garage connected to the main property and is it secure?
Houses will typically have multiple entrances. The larger the house, the more potential entry points there will be. It’s vital that you look at each entrance to the home, including windows, and inspect them to ensure that they are sturdy and secure. However, this is also a good time to take note of which locks you will need to change once you purchase the home. It’s also worth finding and getting quotes from a local locksmiths to replace your locks and cut new keys.
Once You Move Into a New Home
Thanks to your review of the property before you made a purchase, you should have a good understanding of where the locks are and where the potential security flaws are. Act now to replace the locks that you took note of and ensure that someone with a spare key cannot break into your home.
This will be a particular concern if you’re going to be leaving your home unoccupied for a short time in order for builders or decorators to work on your property. Even if you are not going to leave the house unoccupied, you will probably be working away from your home during the day. It’s vital then that you address security concerns quickly to reduce the risk of being burgled.
If needed, you may want to add locks in places that pose particular security concerns, such as windows that can easily be accessed on the outside or the garage. Locks may also need to be upgraded if they’re not sufficient for your safety. Sheds, outbuildings and gates should also have their locks replaced because they can present easy points of entry for stealing high value items like bikes or lawnmowers.
Insurance Concerns When Moving Into a New Home
Home insurance should always be considered when moving into a new home. However, the price of purchasing home insurance can be off-putting for many people, especially if you’ve just spent a lot of money on actually purchasing, or renting a home. Prices aren’t cheap, but you can reduce them if you update your security with new locks that follow British Standards and also ensure that you declare everything regarding your security measures.
In order to reduce your insurance costs, you have to demonstrate that you’ve taken reasonable measures to improve your home’s overall security. Failing this, you might not be able to make a home insurance claim.
Locks on a Rented Property
If you’re renting a property then you should be giving the same attention to your security needs as if you’re purchasing your own home. Before renting a property, you should always ask the landlord if they will be willing to change the locks for security reasons. Landlords might think they have every key and spare for their property, but there’s always a chance that the previous tenant made an extra spare that the landlord isn’t aware of.
If you’re concerned about the locks in your home then you should speak to your landlord to ensure that your new home is secured. Your landlord may well pay for the costs of changing the locks as a goodwill gesture, but if they refuse to, then you may need to hold the landlord responsible for any potential non forced entry theft that occurs.