Residential Rekey

Residential Rekey

Moving in to your new home, rental, or you are renting out property?  Rekeying your home is crucial to your security and the contents within your home that you worked hard to enjoy.  Sometimes, rekeying a home is not high on the to do list and could cost you more than you think.  There are so many options that can help you to reduce this important checklist item which we will discuss in later blogs.  For now, let us focus on when, why, and how you should protect your home or property when there is a change.

BUYING A HOME

You purchased a home from a builder or another home owner who sold the home because of a move.  When you purchase a home from a builder, many vendors have access to the home because they must complete the trade work that goes into completing the home building process.  What happens to those keys?  Do you know if they are all collected or on a master key system known as a builder key?  This creates uncertainty and the last thing you want is to come home and find your most precious belongings missing and there is not a single trace of forced entry.  This type of intrusion hits the middle of the core because you can feel violated and unsafe in your home.  Rekeying the home takes care of the worry and in the event someone attempts to take advantage of the situation that you might not have changed the locks, this will surely harden your home.  

You purchased a home from the previous home owner and although there may not be the potential for Builders Keys to be around like a new home, there is still the chance that someone else has the keys besides the home seller.  In Augusta and the surrounding area, we often hear about key copies given to home care assistants, roommates, cleaners, and other vendors for a variety of reasons.  When a seller chooses to put their home on the market, they may not remember who had the keys to their home and that makes you really vulnerable.  There is even the chance that a particular guest of the home with access may be unaware that the home is being sold and inadvertently use the key to access the property putting both you and that once invited guest in a very awkward situation to say the least.

RENTAL PROPERTY

There is a shared responsibility of the property owner to insure that the home they are renting is safe and secure in between each renter.  Some property owners may rekey the home before renting again and others may choose to let the renter perform the rekey.  Regardless, the renter always has a key to access the home because in the end it is their property.  However, you as the renter have rights from unplanned or surprise visits without proper notification (Check your local laws).  In this situation, it is always a good idea to rekey your home to protect you, your family, and your property.  Rental homes may have vendors as well that come to the property to clean the home, make repairs, and in other cases clean up a home from eviction.  Take precautions and give yourself peace of mind by securing your property the right way and always speak with your landlord to make sure they are aware of what you are doing and they have a copy of the key for access to their property.  

CONVENIENCE

Sometimes, homeowners, renters, and property managers just need a better system for their home security.  Having multiple keys like a school janitor may not be beneficial to you and certainly not easy to figure out which one opens the front, back, garage, or side doors in your home.  There is a term that locksmiths use for keying a home more simply which is known as "KEY ALIKE".  This means that the locksmith can rekey the combination of all the locks in the home to match one key.  This becomes a true convenience as there will only need to be one set of keys that work all of the doors in the home.  Additional keys can be made for additional occupants, but you certainly want to control how many keys you have as that can be a security issue as well.  If your locks are worn, oxidized (rusted or corroded), or just falling off the doors, then you may want to consider new locks.

New locks can also be keyed alike and there are many options out there in terms of products, style, color, and level of security (Grade 1 - 3).  Doing your research can help you to make the right choice.  Locksmiths should also be aware of the types of locks being installed in the home.  Using a cheap set of locks to make a profit is not a good way to take care of customers.  However, choosing a lock system that is above the intended need is also unethical to cause the customer to pay more money.  A good locksmith will provide the right product for the right price for the right application.  Again, do your research and know what you are paying for.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Your home is your home no matter which option you took to occupy your comfort space.  Feeling secure is priceless along with having the confidence that when you come home from work or vacation that everything is still there.  Consider the consequences of not only theloss of your property, but how you will feel knowing someone was in your home that was not supposed to be.  Her are some statistics:

  • There was an estimated 8,277,829 property crimes reported by law enforcement causing financial losses of around $14.3 billion.  Now here is where it gets interesting, only 1,553,980 were actually arrested for property crime out of 8,277,829 (FBI, 2015).
  • Your chances of being a property crime victim is 1 in 21 in Augusta per 1,000 residents in the Augusta Area Dietetic Internship - U Hospital / Broad St.  The National Median for property crimes is 26.0, Georgia State 32.81, and Augusta 46.67 (Neighborhood Scout, 2016). 

The team at Veteran Owned Locksmith advises you to always conduct your own research and check your local law enforcement website for crime statistics in your area.  Most importantly, always remember, locks keep the honest people out and the tougher you make it for would be thieves to break into your home, the less likely you will be a victim.  Be proactive, save yourself time and money from being a victim by insuring your home security is complete.  If you are looking for a locksmith to provide rekey service for you, make sure you always research the company you are working with and always ask for a price up front.  Never blindly request any service as you will be left open for charges you may not be aware of.  

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