3 Tips for Changing the Locks on Your New Home
You signed the deed, paid the closing costs, and received the keys to your new home. What comes next? According to many security experts, viewing that key transfer as a ceremonial gesture and promptly changing the locks. Why? You never know who could have had access to those keys over the years – realtors, relatives and friends of the old owners, and more. Though it’s unlikely, there is nothing stopping people from entering your home with an old set of keys. Changing your locks makes the home safely and securely yours. Here are some things to consider when changing the locks on your home.
Decide on the Lock You Will Use
There are so many options in home security these days – when choosing a lock for your home, you have the option of getting a “smart lock” that integrates with other home features like your home security system, video doorbell, and more. One of the first considerations is whether you want to go hi-tech or low-tech when changing your locks. A low-tech installation is an easy DIY, while a high tech integrated smart home system may require expert help.
Gather Your Supplies
If you are going the low-tech route, you can gather the materials you will need for a DIY installation. These include:
- Your chosen lock. Pick out a lock for every door you want to rekey. Deadbolts offer more security. Don’t forget back doors and side doors in addition to your front door.
- Measuring tape. Don’t forget to measure and make sure your chosen deadbolt will fit in the door before heading out to the store. Luckily, most modern deadbolts are adjustable, but this is something important to keep in mind, especially if you purchased an older home.
- Whether flathead or Phillips head, make sure you have the right equipment to do the job.
Installing Your New Lock
Thankfully, changing your locks is simple. Follow this general process for each door you’re changing:
- Remove the old hardware. With a screwdriver, take out your old lock and all the interior screws.
- Put in the new deadbolt. Install your new deadbolt hardware exactly where the old one was for easier All deadbolt kits should come with all the necessary hardware for installation, so just follow the instructions!
- Install your lock. Next, install the lock portion of your deadbolt assembly kit, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Test your new lock. Finally, do a test run of your new lock instead of shutting the door and assuming it works. With the door open, insert the key and move it back and forth, ensuring the transition is smooth.
Installing your new deadbolt and locks is a simple, yet essential part of the moving process. It helps heighten security, mitigate risk, and makes the home uniquely yours. Installing your new deadbolt is easy and your kit should have all the necessary instructions.
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