Buyers – Change The Locks After Closing

Real Estate Agent with Real Living Kee Realty


I could not agree more with this post. I always recommend to my buyers that they change the locks as soon as possible after they close. You never know how many keys are floating around to your house!

Thanks Amanda, for allowing me to re-blog this post. 

Original content by Amanda S. Davidson 0225221517

Buyers – Change The Locks After Closing

Changing LocksOne of the most frequent questions I get asked from buyers as we near closing is do we have to change the locks? Do you have to – no. Should you? 100% yes!

The chances of the sellers coming back and entering the home are probably slim to none but, you just never know. The greater risk comes from anyone they might have given a key to over the years. There could be an endless trail of keys floating around. How do you know if the previous owners changed the locks when they moved in? You don't. If you don’t change the locks you have no way of knowing who has keys to your home or how many keys are in the hands of complete strangers.

If you’re handy, changing the locks can be as simple as going to the local hardware store, purchasing new locks, and installing them yourself. If you prefer to hire a locksmith it’s still relatively inexpensive and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your new home and personal belongings are protected is priceless. Not changing the locks isn’t worth the risk or the permanent question mark on who might have keys to your home. When you buy a new home you should change the locks after closing.



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Comments (2)

Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

The best advice...the new key makes it your home, not someone else's.

Feb 10, 2014 01:58 AM
Donny Carter
Carter & Roque Real Estate - Frostburg, MD
Mountain Maryland Real Estate Expert

I can't imagine not having that security and peace of mind with a new home.

Feb 10, 2014 02:19 AM