Once you get the keys to your new home … one of the most important things to do is to Get Rid of Them!
Seriously, whether buying a new or resale home — top on your list of “must-do” chores BEFORE moving one piece of furniture in is to Change all locks! Even on a new subdivision house.
Here’s why: Who knows how many people have keys to the property? The former owners, a property management company, builders, workers, cleaning people, the ex boyfriend/girlfriend of three previous owners?
How to do it: Replace the entire lock — or “rekey” the existing lock.
- Most expensive: Replacing the whole lock, whether you do it yourself or hire a locksmith. Hiring a locksmith may be the easiest, and most efficient way for buyers who don’t have time, interest or basic skills for a Do It Yourself projects. Yet, it is not crazy complicated to replace a lock. I’ve done it. Individual front door locks cost from $15 – $50. Fancy electronic/keypad locks cost more. Package directions and YouTube videos help! DIY replacement of four doors locks (typical for a home): less than $200. Locksmith’s charge for their time and expertise as well.
- Cheapest: Rekey the lock instead of replacing it. This job falls into the “it’s possible” to DIY — with help from YouTube, the hardware store expert and package directions. Generally it involves changing the cylinder part of the lock. Cost: Usually less than $50 for materials for four. A locksmith will also charge for time and expertise.
What’s on your “to do” list? Leave a comment or email me.
Holly O’Driscoll is a Realtor(R) with Chase International Real Estate in Reno, Nevada