Closing on a New House? Don’t Forget to Change Out the Locks
Whether it means you’re a first-time homeowner or that you’re just simply moving on to something that’s bigger and better, there’s nothing that quite matches the excitement you feel when you sign the closing papers on a new home. At least nothing that matches it like the overwhelming amount of things you need to do now that it’s your home to make it feel like, well, yours. Yes, you need to be sure to transfer utilities, change your address on credit cards and other major accounts and then there’s inevitably a number of home improvements you likely also want to carry out to give your new residence a more personal touch.
But amid all the excitement – and chaos – of closing on a new home, there’s one very important item you can’t forget to put on, and then check off, your to-do list: changing the locks. While you get the keys to your new home at the closing, there’s really no telling how many copies of the keys are floating around out there. Perhaps the previous owners made copies for their neighbors, family members, close friends, the pool boy – people who they may have trusted, but people who you surely don’t yet know or won’t ever know. That’s why it’s important to have the locks changed out. And yes, amid all the excitement and chaos, it can be difficult to find the time to do it yourself. That’s where a professional locksmith enters the picture, as this expert is able to get the job done correctly and efficiently while you worry about other things.
Great Valley Lockshop has been performing such services for thousands of new homeowners in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Maryland over the years. Here’s a look at some tips and recommendations for new homeowners looking to receive the same type of service:
Calling a Locksmith
While you think that putting a phone call into a locksmith to schedule a time to have this service performed is a somewhat elementary task, there are certain considerations and factors that should be taken into account when planning this. Here’s a look at some tips on when exactly to have the locks changed in relation to your closing date:
Wait a day after closing: While it’s only natural for new homeowners to want their locks changed as soon as possible, we generally recommend that people wait a day after closing to schedule the service. This is because, while we certainly hope our customers have smooth closings, it’s not uncommon for them to drag out if issues arise. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Schedule the service: We get that buying a home and subsequently moving into that home are chaotic times – and there’s no question that your wallet will be feeling the pinch from closing costs, moving costs and the like. That’s why calling beforehand to schedule a lock changing appointment can be beneficial – as it can save you both time and money. By calling beforehand, we’re able to prepare the new locks and cut new keys from our shop before we get out to your home to switch them out. Not only does this save on time, but it can also save you money if we don’t have to cut keys right from our truck.
Before You Make the Call
OK, so you’ve decided you definitely want to hire a professional to change the locks on your new home. Here’s a look at some information that you should provide once you make the call to schedule an appointment. This can help streamline the process and make for a much faster, more convenient appointment:
How many locks: How many entry doors are there to your home? A front door only? Front and back? A garage entry door? More than just front and back? How many of these entry doors do you want serviced? While we certainly recommend changing the locks on all, there may be some exceptions. We’ll need to know how many doors we’re working with before we get out to your house.
Brands: What brands are the locks? Contrary to what many people believe, locks aren’t universal.
Key holes: Is the lock built into the knob? Is there a deadbolt? Is there both types of locks? We’ll also need to know how many key holes we’ll be working with.
Preferences: Is the current security sufficient around the home? Are there any other measures that you’d like to take to make the home more secure? There are a bevy of other lock styles besides the conventional ones that you’re likely aware of. Ask us about them and we’ll be happy to suggest possible alternatives.
If you’ve closed – or are planning to close on a house – you owe yourself a hearty congratulations. But closing is just the beginning – there’s much more that needs to be done following the signing of the papers and the passing over of keys. Don’t let changing the locks on your new home fall by the wayside. After all, the last thing you’d want is to come home to a new house that has been clearly vandalized by someone with easy access to its premises. For more information on changing out the locks on your house, contact Great Valley Lockshop today at (610) 644-5334 or fill out our free online estimate request