Owning a new home is exciting, but you want to ensure it is safe and secure. Unless it is a new build, others that lived there before you may have keys and access to the property without your knowledge. For this reason, one of your first telephone calls as a new homeowner should be to a locksmith.
1. Inspection and Repair
Poorly maintained or aging locks and latches can become jammed, resulting in an unforeseen lockout. When you first purchase a home, you have no idea how well the previous owners maintained the locks. A locksmith can inspect each lock and perform basic maintenance, such as cleaning out and lubricating the mechanisms. Any damage will also be found at this time and repairs can be made.
2. Master Key Creation
It's no fun juggling a giant ring of keys for all the locks associated with your new home. Having a separate key for all entry locks isn't necessary when you can have a master key that unlocks them all. You may not even need to replace the existing locks, as a locksmith can usually rekey all of the locks so that they use the same key.
3. Lock Replacement
Chances are you don't want the locks to accept the old key once you move in. Even if the former owners turn over all the keys, they may have given out copies to workmen or neighbours over the years. For security's sake, it's a good idea to change out the locks. Most types of entry locks can be rekeyed so you won't have to purchase new locksets unless you want to upgrade older locks to more secure modern types.
4. Duplicating Keys
Every home should have duplicates of the main keys for entry. Not only will every family member need a key, but you will also want extra keys in case you mislay your key ring or need to lend out a key to a house sitter or workman while you aren't at home. The locksmith can make as many keys as you need. They will also ensure that each duplicate works properly before they mark the job as complete.
5. Entry System Installation
Many locksmiths do more than just mechanical locks. If you would like to upgrade to a fancier entry system, such as a "smart" lock that is controlled by a cell phone or a keyless entry pad that uses a code, then your locksmith is able to do it for you.
Contact a locksmith to learn more.