Moving Home and Lock Changing
Whether you already own a house or are buying your first property, the matter of security is always high priority. As a homeowner you know how many different keys you’ve had cut and handed out over the years. Can you account for them all? Probably not. This is the same for most homeowners across the country, which is why when you move into a new home, you need to get the locks changed.
Moving house is stressful time for anyone, meaning important jobs like changing the locks can get forgotten about. However, getting your locks changed after you move is one of the most important things you can do. If you do not change the locks then you risk invalidating your insurance should your property be broken into, whilst also putting the security of your home at risk. If you don’t change the locks then there are an unknown number of people who could be walking around with a key to your front door.
Before you look at changing the locks, it’s important to check what type of locks are required by your home insurance provider. If you have a lock installed that does not meet the insurance requirements, you may invalidate your insurance.
If your insurance requires you to have British Standard locks then you may need to do some research into to what these are. For a lock to be classed as ‘British Standard’ they must have gone through some rigorous testing. These tests check for; strength, durability and security. They are then re-tested and re-assessed to ensure the complete reliability of the lock. When it comes to identifying a British Standard lock, you need to look out for the Kitemark. This is used to indicate certification by the British Standard Institution.
If you are looking for a high security lock then you may want to consider an ‘anti-snap lock’. These euro cylinders are for uPVC doors and protect your home from a common method of forced entry, lock snapping. It can take a burglar a matter of seconds, using the right tools, to snap your lock and gain entry into your house. The Anti-Snap locks are designed to ‘snap’ in a certain place when tampered with, meaning that if a burglar does manage to snap your lock, they are still unable to gain entry into your home. To find out more about anti-snap and high security locks then visit Our Locks Guide
Most Locksmith have good knowledge surrounding insurance standards and requirements, but it is always worth consulting your policy prior to a lock change to ensure that this is met. A Locksmith Engineer will also be able to talk you through high security options and the benefits of these
The cost of having your locks changed can vary due to a number of different factors, the amount of locks that need changing and the type of locks are the prominent too. Most Locksmith companies charge by the hour, so if you have 4 or 5 locks to change it is likely to go over 1 hour.
The type of lock you want to replace your old ones will also factor in. If you do decided to go for an anti-snap or high security lock then you price will go up as these are more expensive than your standard locks. The type of door you have may also affect the price, as a door that needs specialist parts may mean an increase in price.
So it may take time and cost a bit of money, but you can’t really put a price on your family’s security. To gain a better understanding of what you can expect to pay for a lock change, we would always suggest calling a reputable company and asking them to go over the charges with you.