change lock after buying house

Why change locks after buying a house?

They say moving homes is one of the most stressful things you can do – but new locks for your new house are probably the last thing on your mind. It might be tempting to think about postal redirects, moving boxes or your neighbours, but security should always come first.

Why do I need to change the locks in a new house?

If changing locks in your new home never crossed your mind, you’re not alone. A study by insurance comparison site Confused.com revealed that 58 per cent of us do not change the locks on a new house.

While you might not get around to doing it right away, new locks for your new house could make all the difference. Not only will you have peace of mind; there are also insurance caveats to consider.

You are more vulnerable to burglary if you have moved home

According to Home Office statistics, those who have just moved in are almost twice as likely to be burgled. Thieves may be on the lookout for new residents and their valuables. You may even be giving off clues without thinking about it, such as letting pets roam free. This may signal to burglars that your home does not use an alarm.

You don’t know who has access to keys

Another reason to change locks after buying a house is its previous occupants. While we’d like to think that previous key owners wouldn’t enter the property, there are lots of people who may have keys:

  • Family members of previous occupants
  • Old tenants if the property has ever been rented
  • Tradespersons, cleaners or dog walkers.

In some cases, insurance companies may not offer you a quote without proof of locks having been changed. If you have been burgled, your insurer may not pay out if you cannot prove there was forced entry.

Your old locks may be in a poor condition

To a layman, the locks on a home may look perfectly sound – but there may be issues that only a locksmith can see. Often, damaged locks look fine on the outside but may be worn on the inside, affecting their efficacy. You can generally expect a lock to last around five to seven years, so it’s always wise to update.

Your old locks may be out of date

Depending on the age of your property, your locks may not conform to modern-day standards. Home insurers require certain standards in order to make your policy valid.

The BS3621 standard was introduced in the 1960s, so it’s unlikely your house will still have locks from this era. However, you may have bought a period home, or your locks may not conform to the latest standards. At the time of writing, the latest standard is BS3621:2017. Rather than spending time looking for a tiny engraving, it’s easier and safer to change your locks.

Changing locks in a new house doesn’t have to cost the earth

Naturally, you cannot put a price on security. Changing your locks offers the added assurance of no previous keyholders and valid home insurance. Even better, you can change yours and expect up to seven years of premium quality for as little as £20.

Every lock changing job differs in price depending on the door, type of lock and call-out time. What doesn’t vary is the assurance this brings. If you’ve just moved home, let security be one less stress to worry about.

Contact the team at York Locksmiths today for a quick and easy quote.

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