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When you change your place of residence there are so many things to do that security may not be at the top of your mind. Usually people are excited to move their belongings in and unpack so they can return to their normal routine. But what should be most important to a new owner or renter is changing the door locks to protect you in the event some keys end up in the wrong hands. Having new locks and keys will ensure you and your family are the only ones that can enter your new home.

Often, previous residents may still have several copies of your keys even though the contract states that all keys must be surrendered upon final sale of the property or change of tenant. Not only does this cause a safety issue for you as a new resident, it can also be a cause of insurance problems in the future. This is why changing your locks is so important.

New renters have the right to ask the owner or manager to change the locks between tenants. Ask the landlord who will have access to your apartment. Apartment complexes typically use a lock system that allows employees such as maintenance personnel to use a master key to enter any apartment. Speak with the landlord and investigating the terms of your lease before changing your locks..

You could choose to change the locks yourself but moving into a new home can be stressful and the time it would take to learn about how to install them properly may be better spent on other things on your to-do list. A qualified locksmith makes it their profession to quickly and effectively get the job done for you. It’s an extra expense you hadn’t planned, but well worth doing so you can sleep well knowing your personal property is safe and secure.

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