Tips for First Time Property investors: Molly's Real Estate Blog

Tips for First Time Property investors: Molly's Real Estate Blog

When It's Time to Upgrade Your Home's Locks

by Vanesa Diaz

It's never good to wait until your home's locks fail to think about changing them, as you want to ensure that your home is always safe and secure; sometimes older locks aren't always the best in getting this job done. A burglar may be able to easily pick an older lock as it may not be very complicated on the inside, and the lock may start to break down so that the tumblers are easy to manipulate. There are also other reasons to consider upgrading to newer locks for your home, and locksmiths can help. Note when you should give them a call to upgrade your home's locks.

1. When children may start carrying their own key

If a child begins to carry their own key to let themselves into the home after school, you may want something more than just a standard lock to keep them secure. A remote lock that you can lock and unlock yourself from your smartphone or tablet can ensure that the children lock the doors behind them after getting inside. You may also not be comfortable with them carrying an actual key and a remote lock can allow you to open the door yourself. This keeps your children safe but also ensures the safety of your home since you won't have random keys that could be lost.

2. When break-ins become more common in your neighborhood

A break-in can be very random in a neighborhood, but if you notice an increase in the crime rate where you live, it's time to upgrade your locks. Your home may be the next target, but having an upgraded lock with a security system can easily deter thieves before they even attempt to break in. A keypad with a punch code or a heavy-duty lock and deadbolt can make a thief realise that it would take far too long to break into your home, and they may then move onto another target.

3. When you've renovated and may be compromising the entryway security

If you renovate your home to add glass panels to each side of your front door, you may want to upgrade the locks. A deadbolt on the inside that you lock with a key can keep a thief from breaking the window pane and reaching in to unlock the deadbolt. If you add a new door with a large glass window in the middle, you might upgrade the locks for the same reason. If your renovation compromises the security of your home in any way, it's time to upgrade the locks.    


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Tips for First Time Property investors: Molly's Real Estate Blog

Hi, my name is Molly. I have been a property owner since my grandma died when I was eighteen, and I inherited a rental property. Over the years, I have managed that property very successfully, and about ten years ago, I started adding to my collection. While I would definitely say that the investment property game is not a get-rich-quick scheme, it can make lucrative money. To help others who are interested in getting into the game, I have decided to start a blog. Here, I am going to share insider tips, experiences and ideas. Get comfortable and feel free to explore!