According to Right Move, a recent survey conducted by Keytek Locksmiths found that 74% of homeowners do not change their locks after moving home. While there are likely a variety of reasons as to why this is the case, we’d always recommend changing them as soon as you move. That being said, there is a mix of pros and cons for doing so. Here, we’ll dive into what those are, including security, costs, and insurance issues.
Pro: Increased Security
One of the most obvious benefits of changing the locks when you move home is increased security. While you may trust the previous owner of your home, you can’t be certain who also has keys to your new property; changing the locks allows for complete peace of mind.
In addition, if the current locks on your external doors have seen better days, then it’s wise to upgrade them anyway to ensure you’re providing optimal security for your home.
Picture this: you’ve pretty much spent your life savings on your dream home; you have plans to renovate, buy that oh-so-stylish sofa you’ve been eyeing up, and the last thing you need is further costs!
Considering the price of changing all locks in your new home averages around £350, it’s easy to see why so many people choose to stick with the original locks.
Pro: Makes Your New House Feel More Like A Home
When you first move into a new property, it can be a challenge to make it feel like your own. Whether it’s the previous owner’s furniture, signature house scent, or even just the overall feel, it’s important to take steps towards making your new house a home.
One way to do this is by changing the locks as soon as you move in. Knowing that only you and the people you choose have access to your home makes it feel much more like your home and can help you settle in much quicker.
Con: Time & Hassle
When you’re moving home (especially when there are little ones involved!) you’ll likely be constantly running around doing errands and sorting things ready for the move.
Taking the time to find a suitable locksmith, working out budgets, and waiting in while your locks are changed can all feel time consuming and, let’s be honest, a bit of a hassle.
Pro: Potential For Cheaper Insurance
Imagine you’re a home insurance provider and you’ve got two clients. One has very outdated locks on their front door that have definitely seen better days, while the other has brand new locks installed, providing optimal security.
Which would you say is less of a risk?
Of course you’d say the client with the newer locks, and if you’re thinking this, it’s likely your own home insurer is too.
Replacing old locks when you move house with newer ones sometimes can have a positive effect on your insurance through reducing premiums. Spend well to save more, right?
Con: Trusting Your Locksmith
While it’s all good and well changing your locks so you have full control over who can access your home, but it’s important to remember that the locksmith you choose could also have access to your home.
After all, they’ll know exactly how your doors work, and will have given you the keys to your new locks. It’s therefore crucial that you trust your locksmith and have ensured you’ve researched reviews and testimonials.
Ultimately, we’d strongly recommend you change all locks when you move into a new home; risking you and your family’s safety isn’t worth it and changing your locks will ensure you’re doing all you can to protect your home.
If you’ve moved into a new home and you’re worried about the security and condition of your external doors, contact us today to find out how we can help.