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You Take These 4 Risks If You Don’t Change the Locks of Your Newly Purchased Home

You Take These 4 Risks If You Don’t Change the Locks of Your Newly Purchased Home

change the locks when you purchase a new homeMoving to a new place can be a hassle because you have many factors to consider. Overlooking the key factors can potentially ruin your excitement and joy of relocation. While there are many things which demand attention when you move to your newly purchased home, changing the locks should be your top priority. Overlooking this aspect can cause huge damage, both financially and emotionally.

Following are 4 risks you take if you don’t change the locks of your newly purchased home:

1. Previous Owners Might Have Duplicate Keys

It is likely that the previous owners of the house might have duplicate keys with them. Although the former occupants are expected to surrender all the keys while vacating the house, some homeowners tend to keep the duplicate ones with them. So, not changing the locks can be a huge risk because there have been many instances in the past wherein the former homeowners have committed robbery by using the duplicate keys. That’s why it is highly recommended that you change all the locks when you move to your newly purchased home.

2. You Miss the Opportunity to Improve Lock Security

Moving to a newly purchased home presents the perfect opportunity to change your locks and improve the overall lock security of your new home. Since the technology behind locks is becoming more and more advanced with the passage of time, it would be a good idea to keep up with the technology and secure your newly purchased home with new locks and upgrade to a stronger security solution. If you don’t change the locks, then you miss the opportunity to improve overall lock security of your home and your property remains vulnerable to theft and robbery.

3. It Could Invalidate Your Insurance

When you purchase a new home and are handed the keys to the house, you don’t know how many keys there are in circulation. There is no way to be sure so don’t assume that all sets have been handed over. If an unfortunate incident occurs and you are burgled by the previous occupier or an old workman with a duplicate key, it could invalidate any insurance claim you make. Most insurance companies want to see a solid evidence of forced entry before paying out on a claim. Changing the locks in your new home is the only way to make sure that someone with an old duplicate key won’t be able to gain access to your property. If you don’t change the locks then anyone with an old key gaining access to your property won’t count as forced entry and your insurance claim could be invalidated.

4. Old Locks Present High Security Risk

If the locks in your new home haven’t been replaced for a long time, then chances are that they are pretty old and are prone to malfunction sooner or later, putting your home at risk for attempted break-ins. That’s why it is highly recommended that you change them as soon as you move to your newly purchased home.

Dib’s Safe & Lock Service in San Bernardino is a locally-owned, family run business with over 90 years experience proudly offering lock, safe, and key, services to residential and business customers in San Bernardino County, Riverside, and the surrounding areas in Inland Empire. If you have questions changing door locks, or lock and key service of any type, give Dib’s a call today at (909) 885-0452.

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