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Close On Your House – Change Your Locks

Change Your Locks

 

Close On Your House – Change Your Locks

 

After you close on your new home the first thing you should do is have the locks changed either by doing it yourself or hiring a locksmith. I always give my clients this advice and I think it’s followed maybe 50% of the time.

I had clients close on a house last week call me this weekend to tell me that they were at their house measuring for new furniture when they heard a key in the door and then watched it open. In walked a stranger who looked surprised to see them. The stranger turned out to be the ex-girlfriend of the tenants that had moved out prior to my clients buying the house. She didn’t know it had been sold and was going back to “retrieve” some items that she never got back in the breakup. Regardless of the reason this is a perfect example of why it's money well spent to change the locks.

The likelihood of sellers going back to their house after it’s been sold probably isn’t very high, although still possible. However, you have no way to know who they’ve given keys to over the years and if anyone they’ve given keys too has given them to someone else. There could be keys to your home running around everywhere. If you had a choice between changing the locks and having all of your belongings stolen what would you choose? It sounds extreme when you put it in that perspective but, that could be reality. Close on your house – change your locks!

 

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46 commentsAmanda S. Davidson • September 02 2014 05:15AM
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