Why Change Your Door Locks?
- November 1, 2017
- Posted by: Safeguard
- Category: Home Locksmith Tips
As professional locksmiths, we field a lot of calls from people who need to change their door locks. From homes to businesses, a door lock change is more common than you think. When most people call us for locksmith service to change door locks, it’s usually due to a recent move-in or new tenant. But there are many other reasons outside moving why people call a locksmith to change their locks.
When you had your trusted neighbor check on your house while you were away, did you ever consider that someone else could have gotten a hold of that key afterward? There are many reasons that probably haven’t crossed your mind to cause a door lock replacement so here are some of the more common reasons and circumstances why people rely on our locksmiths to do a lock change.
After a break-in, burglary, or attempt
One of the times you may have forgotten to change your door locks was in the event that your house was broken into. After a terrible event like a break-in, you handle things with the police and insurance, but did you remember to change your locks? The burglar could have access to your home again if you don’t change your locks since they could have gotten a hold of keys or they didn’t have a problem picking your old locks. Your locks could also be damaged from the burglary, so be sure to change your door locks considering all of the circumstances.
Changing roommates or tenants
Do you rent out a room, portion of your house, or area that sees different roommates and tenants? You need to make sure that if you share a key with someone else and that arrangement ends that you are sure to change your locks. You and current roommates are the only ones that should have access. If you have new tenants, even if the previous tenant turns in their keys, it’s recommended that you change door locks to ensure security.
Moved into a new house
If you moved into a new house, you’ll definitely want to change the door locks for a fresh start and to avoid the last family or anyone associated with the sale to have access to your home. Anyone from the realtor to the inspector could have been given a key and it’s important that you call a Atlanta locksmith to get a fresh lock that only your family has access to.
Your locks are old
Sometimes locks just simply age and don’t work as well anymore. It’s a good sign if you are struggling to get in the door easily and if you don’t remember the last time you changed them. Be sure to keep them changed every few years. If you happen to break a key off in an old lock, you’ll most likely need a locksmith to get you back in and to repair the broken door lock.
You lost your keys
Did you lose your keys? Even with your copy still available, you don’t know who could have found your keys and could have access to your house. It’s a good idea to call our locksmiths to get them changed.
Neighbor watched the house and misplaced your keys
When the kind neighbor across the street watches your house from you while you’re away, you have no idea where that key ends up or if anyone else could have made a copy of it. Consider changing your door locks after trusting someone with the key…especially if they misplaced it!
After a renovation
Did you renovate your home recently? This means that you’ve likely had several contractors at your house working on everything from plumbing to painting, especially during hours you were away. It’s important that you keep your home safe after a renovation by changing your locks in the event that anyone was able to swipe your key. They know what you own better than anyone.
If you’ve recently divorced or had a break-up, your partner likely still has access to your home. This is an important time to change those door locks, in order to play it on the safe side with your security. While moving to a new house warrants a new set of locks and keys, don’t forget about these other common situations that could warrant a home security update.
Hopefully, you won’t need to change or replace your door locks, but if you do, we’re here to help. Whether you need home locksmith services, car locksmith services, commercial locksmith services, or emergency 24/7 locksmith services, simply call (770) 599-2299 or request a fast quote online.