(Closed) Did you change your locks as soon as your moved in?

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: Did you change your locks as soon as you moved into your home?
    Yes - We changed our locks immediately upon moving in & hired a locksmith. : (5 votes)
    9 %
    Yes - We changed our locks immediately upon moving in, we DIYed. : (15 votes)
    26 %
    Yes - We changed our locks but NOT immediately. We hired a locksmith. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Yes - We changed our locks but NOT immediately. We DIYed. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    No - We didn't change our locks. It's a new home. : (5 votes)
    9 %
    No - We didn't change our locks ourselves, but new ones were installed before we moved in. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    No - The previous owner handed over all the keys and we trust them. : (14 votes)
    25 %
    No - But we eventually want to change them. : (2 votes)
    4 %
    No - We didn't bother. : (9 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I never even thought that people changed their locks when they first moved in.

    Post # 4
    Member
    2083 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Yep, besides buying a new toilet seat that was the first thing we did. We did it ourselves though. The front door was a huge pain though because it is a vintage door with the really old lock system inside. I would have prefered just hiring someone, but my husband was aaaaaaall about getting that lock to work by himself lol

    Post # 5
    Member
    2083 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @MissAsB, I didn’t really think about it either. But our house was a foreclosure and had the lock box outside, so pretty much everyone and their mother (including random handy men the bank would send to clean/help with up keep) had access to the keys and could have easily made a copy. I watch a lot of Criminal Minds soooo once I realized that I was all for the new locks.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1145 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2000

    The one thing we really wanted was an electronic lock ($100) . For me, keyless entry is a must b/c I always lose my keys and am carrying stuff back and forth– so no more bulky keys to flip through. It takes a few hours to half hour DIY, depending on your ‘hand-ability’. Hubby figured it out but had to make a few trips back and forth to Lowe’s since he was so green at taking care of a home.:) We figured, if we are going to replace the locks, might as well make it an upgrade. That was the incentive.

    Post # 8
    Member
    913 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Nope – we talked about it but the previous owner wasn’t crazy and we live in a smallish town….Fiance leaves his keys IN the ignition over night (trying soooo hard to break him of this habit – I’m about to scare the sh*t out of him and “steal it” to set him straight…)

    Post # 9
    Member
    1148 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We won’t. We JUST got copies made so that the house has more than one key to it and gave a copy to a friend who lives 3 minutes away or so and kept the other two. Only family lives around us, so we’re not too worried and we know exactly who has the keys and who doesn’t.

    Post # 10
    Member
    2196 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    We will deeeeefinitely be changing the locks once we buy a home.  Never can be too cautious, who knows what the previous owners and the people who lived there did with the keys?  It’s a small expense for a lot of security.  I know my parents changed the locks when they moved into our house when I was 15.

    Post # 11
    Member
    3219 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Both houses I’ve had I didnt change the locks when we moved in. One was a forclosure and I know the people who prev lived there. I’m not really worried about anyone getting in….. thats what insurance is for.

    Post # 12
    Member
    1426 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    Nope, because I’ve always lived in rentals where it isn’t allowed 😉  But if it was something I owned I would, and I would probably hire someone because every time my parents tried to diy a lock it never turned out quite right.  It would stick or be loose- stuff like that…

    Post # 13
    Member
    1120 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We didn’t; we never really thought about it. We’ve got a security system though so even if someone came in with a key while we were gone they would have to know our code to disable the alarm.

    Post # 14
    Member
    7431 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    We did it before we even moved in, and my Father-In-Law knows how to rekey locks so he just rekeyed the ones that were already there

    Post # 15
    Member
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I can’t people wouldn’t change their locks before moving in!!! It was the first thing we did. After all, who knows who has a key to your home? The first couple days we were there, we had an alarm system installed, too. My husband installed all the locks. It’s not hard–Lowes sells all these sets and they’re VERY easy to key. Our new locks can be custom re-keyed, so it’s easy for the next owner.

    Post # 16
    Member
    990 posts
    Busy bee

    we want to change out locks and have in the back door but not on the front one. we plan to change the front door entirely this summer.

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