Locks Around Your House That You Might Have Forgotten About

Locks Around Your House That You Might Have Forgotten About

 

After you move into a new house, it is advisable to change the locks even if you have been handed all the keys. The previous owners might have duplicated several keys for their friends, neighbors, or relatives just in case they needed them. Therefore, to secure your home completely, you need to hire a locksmith to replace the locks. Most people only update their front, back and garage door locks because they are the main entryways. However, this should not be the only areas of access that you secure. There are several locks around your house that you might have forgotten about. And, if you would like your valuables and family to be safe, you need to have them replaced too.

Locks Around Your House That You Might Have Forgotten About

1. Side Doors

Does your home have a side door that you rarely use? What about a sliding basement door? If you have either of these doors, you should consider replacing the locks because they could be potential entries for burglars. Even if you don’t use these doors, having them secured is important to secure your household items and valuables. In addition, if you have a home security system, you should consider installing lock sensors on these doors to boost overall security.

Locks Around Your House That You Might Have Forgotten About

2. Sheds and Backyard Structures

Structures which are not attached to your house are at a higher risk of theft and burglary because they are neither attached to alarms nor at a visible spot from the house. If you have just moved into a new house and you have a shed or other backyard structure, e.g. garages, consider either replacing the locks or installing a heavy-duty padlock or key lock. For a garage door, installing an extra lock, such as a deadbolt is a good idea.

Homeowners usually store expensive items in sheds such as lawn mowers, gardening tools, leaf blowers, and grills. Since sheds and backyard structures are quite vulnerable, the doors need to be strong and durable to avoid regular repair and maintenance practices.

Locks Around Your House That You Might Have Forgotten About

3. Internal Doors

Although you replaced your front door locks and installed an alarm system, your internal door locks should also be put into consideration – especially if you store important documents or valuables in your home. The level of security can be decided on by the location of the room and the value of stored items. You may have to install an alarm system, add an extra lock, or even consider buying a cabinet safe to keep your valuables. Internal door locks are usually forgotten because they are not the main entryways to a home. But, if someone gets through your front, back, or garage door, it can be quite easy to gain access into any of your rooms.

Locks Around Your House That You Might Have Forgotten About

4. Gates and Fences

Gates and fences are mainly built for decorative purposes although they can also be used to provide security. In order to prevent strangers or thieves from accessing your home, your fence should be tall enough so that people cannot step over. Also, the fence should be made of materials that are tough to climb which will discourage thieves or unwanted people from accessing your home.

You should also consider securing your gate with a lock – especially if you currently use a simple latch to open and close the gate. Remember, if you live in an area with a high risk of theft, installing CCTV cameras, security light or a motion sensor is advisable.

If you are considering changing your locks, you will have to hire a professional locksmith to get the job done right. However, before you call a locksmith, there are certain considerations you should take into account. Here are some of them:

  • Wait for a day or two after closing on a new house – although you may want to change the locks as soon as possible, something else may arise that you’ll want to have dealt with. Therefore, since closing on a house entails a lot of things, wait for a day or two to avoid any inconveniences.
  • Schedule the service – after you’ve closed on your new house and everything is settled, call a reliable locksmith and schedule service. This will save you both time and money because you won’t have to wait for a long period of time. The locksmith will have relevant information, such as your home address, the type of locks you need, the number of locks you need to have replaced, etc.

It will be best if you know the brands of locks installed in your home, the type of keyholes used (deadbolt or knob) and any other information you may have. If this is your first time, it is advisable to have a locksmith assess your locks to make the right choices or offer suggestions.

After closing on a house, there is much that needs to be done and replacing the old locks should not fall by the wayside. The last thing you would want after moving into a new house is to come home from work only to find that your house has been vandalized by someone who had easy access.

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