Moving into a new home is extremely exciting; once you have waved goodbye to the removals van, unpacked the most important boxes and popped open a bottle of champagne, it’s time to get properly settled in. When moving into a new property, changing the locks may not be the first thing on your mind – in fact, it may not even cross your mind at all. After all, there is so much to organise, remember and consider when upping sticks and moving house.

Changing the locks when moving into a new property, however, is extremely important in order to ensure that your new home is as safe and secure as possible. Read on for three reasons to change your locks as soon as you move into a new house.

Eliminate the chance of other people having keys to your home

Never assume that all sets of keys have been handed over. The people who previously lived in your new property may have handed out spare keys to friends and family, as well as lost a few sets along the way. This means that there may be keys to your property in circulation – something that can pose a threat to the safety and security of your home. You can never know for sure whether all sets of keys have been handed over, so it’s always best to get the locks replaced when you move in to ensure no one has access to your home.

Not changing locks can invalidate your insurance

As mentioned above, you can never be sure how many sets of keys are in circulation. Although the chances may be very slim, if you are burgled or your home is broken into by an old workman, a previous occupier who still has a key or by someone who has found a key to your home, any insurance claims you make can be invalidated. Most insurance companies will require evidence of forced entry before they pay out on a claim. If someone has a key to your property, this will not count as forced entry.

Improve lock security

Changing the locks as soon as you move into a new property will not only ensure that no one else has keys to your home, but it is also a great opportunity to upgrade and improve your lock security. The technology behind locks is constantly advancing and moving forward and it is important that you ensure that the security of your new home is up to date. You may be moving into an older property that has relied on the same locks for years or a house that has weak security. Improving your lock security will give you that extra peace of mind that you, your family and your possessions are safe.

JPY Locksmiths has been the leading 24-hour locksmith in South Wales for over 25 years; we understand the importance of effective security in homes both new and old. Whether you’re locked out of your house and need urgent access or simply want to upgrade the security of your new home, look no further than us.