Important Move-In Reminder – Change the Locks

Finally! The search for your new home is over, the lending process completed, escrow is closed, and the move-in begins. Amidst all of the excitement, anticipation, and relief it is important to remember that one safety concern which shouldn’t be overlooked is changing the locks on all exterior doors to your new home. This one bit of caution can go a long way in providing peace of mind for you and your family. In nearly every case the seller does turn over all their keys to the property, but it isn’t uncommon for them to forget they had given a key to a neighbor, dog sitter, or other friend for emergencies. Remember they likely have been busy getting moved out of the home, dealing with the sales process as well, and often purchasing a new home or handling a relocation so such details may have slipped their mind. We strongly recommends this saftey measure to protect your home and be more relaxed knowing that only you have keys to your new home.

Most new construction homes won’t require this step unless you want to feel assured that an extra copy of a key wasn’t made along the way by any sales staff or the door subcontractor. Nearly all exterior door hardware is keyed for a construction key so the superintendent and sales staff can access the house during construction. Once the actual homeowner key is used it drops a ball inside the locking mechanism which now prevents the construction key from functioning. However, a cautious owner may still want to take the safety precaution of rekeying the house.

Stephen Woodall
REALTOR, GRI @ Long Realty Company

Stephen has made real estate his full-time career and passion since 2008, primarily specializing in the Foothills & the Northwest Tucson areas of Oro Valley and Marana. He is a multi-million dollar producer, representing both sellers & buyers. Stephen has tremendous experience in new home sales, listing & selling primary residences, listing & selling vacant land, listing & selling luxury homes, investment properties, rentals, and real estate development parcels.


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