Replacing your lock ensures optimal first line defence for your property. Connect with an expert to discover your options by booking a free, no-obligation survey or call us on 020 7622 5151. Please read on for our guide.
When should you change your door locks?
1. You’ve recently moved home
It can be easily forgotten in the stress of moving but changing door locks should always be a priority for new homeowners. You can never be sure how many of the previous residents’ friends or relatives have keys to your property. To ensure you're in control of who has access to your new home, it’s imperative that you change your door locks.
If you are a tenant that is moving into new accommodation, we recommend reviewing your tenancy agreement to determine if you have permission to change your locks, as well as discussing your options with the landlord. The higher turnover of residents in rented property makes it even more pertinent to change door locks. Despite this, research shows that most landlords fail to change the locks on properties between tenancies.
2. You’ve lost a set of keys
If your keys have been lost or stolen, you can never be certain where they’ve ended up or who might have them. In this situation, we recommend changing your door locks or cylinders as soon as possible.
3. There’s been a change to your living situation
It is best practice to change your locks if someone you lived with has moved out, such as a friend or partner. Even if that person is trustworthy, they may misplace the keys - putting your home at risk.
The same principle applies for contractors or service providers you’re no longer in contact with.
4. General wear and tear
Door locks can wear out over time due to several reasons. In some cases, this may be a minor inconvenience that makes your door lock more difficult to operate than usual. In other cases, it could mean your lock fails completely, either making it impossible to unlock your door and leaving you trapped in or out, or making your lock ineffective which leaves your home vulnerable.
To avoid a lockout or any lock related emergencies, contact a professional locksmith for their advice. In some cases, a simple repair might solve the problem quickly and easily.