Congratulations! You’ve closed on your new home! This is an exciting time, especially for first-time homeowners. However, getting ready to move into your dream house calls for more responsibility than knowing how to get the furniture inside and supplying your friends with pizza as thanks for their help. Here is your guide to changing the locks before you move into your new home.
Set Up the Lock Change
Sometimes accidents happen, such as when you drop your keys while you’re out shopping and don’t notice. Alternatively, you might leave the house without realizing you don’t have your keys on you until you return home. These are incidents that are bound to happen and require locksmith services. But when you’re preparing to move, you’ll know that you’ll need new locks. So that means you ought to call and make an appointment for a locksmith to visit your new home. New locks and new keys can be cut and fitted to ensure better security and less frustration.
Wait A Few Days
Waiting for several days after you have already moved in sounds like strange advice. All the same, it is worth it to wait a day or two to give you time to settle into your new place. There could also be unexpected problems that come up during the closing process. These snags can make it more complicated to start changing features of the house, especially when it comes to modifying something as noticeable as the exterior, front door, the back door, or putting a keypad lock on the garage.
Do Your Homework
When it comes to replacing the locks on your home, you’ll have other homework assignments to do. Figure out how many locks you have, and how many you will need to alter. Different doors secure in different ways, after all. What lock do you want as a replacement? Can you squeeze these upgrades into your post-move budget? What about adding home security or smart home systems? How will that affect your home’s security? These questions are all essential ones to answer when changing the locks.
Other Tips to Follow
Getting this lock or that lock isn’t enough to help your new house feel like home just yet. There are still a few other tasks you’ll need to follow up on, such as making copies of all the closing papers you’ve signed or are still pending your signature. Finally, make some time to update utility services, insurance coverages, and your driver’s license, too!
Village Lock & Key is the Key to Your Success!
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