Have you ever wondered who has a key to your home? Chances are someone out there could gain entry if the locks weren’t changed when you moved in. You may want to add to your moving checklist, spending the extra money on new locks and keys for your peace of mind. Even if your home is brand new construction or in a new development, you should consider how many copies of keys have been made for the home and how many contractors have access. Remember, one of the first steps to making your new home your own is obtaining control over who has access to the front door!
A friend of ours recently told us a story that made the hairs on the back of our neck stand straight up. She and her husband bought a fixer upper and immediately called a locksmith to change all the locks. Her next-door neighbor spotted the locksmith working on her front door. The next-door neighbor left an envelope in her mailbox the next day with a copy of the old key inside with a note explaining that the previous owner gave him a copy for emergencies. Who knew that anyone else had a copy of the old house key? Thank goodness our friend changed her locks!
You can do-it yourself or call a CML (Certified Master Locksmith) to completely replace the locks at your house. A professional can re-pin the locks to a random new key. Have a professional locksmith inspect your premises for a security check and have him make recommendations for replacement locks and other devices to put you at ease. You can also go to your local home center and browse the lock aisle. And yes, it is safe to get the locks so they all use the same key. A wide variety of manufacturers sell lock packs set up with the same key. It is convenient and does not compromise the security of your home. Locksmith fees can vary considerably, so call around and get several estimates. Make sure the locksmith is licensed and bonded and always check with the Better Business Bureau for complaints. Also, don’t forget the garage door code! Especially if it has a key pad entry code.
As for making a key from outside, a skilled locksmith can make an impression. This is using a blank key. This is very labor intensive and involves someone quite familiar with locks, who has the correct key blanks and equipment.
If you would like to do-it-yourself, you can save a lot of money and time
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