Locks are absolutely critical to the security of your home. You cannot do without them, and should certainly invest in powerful locks such as a Grade 1 deadbolt.

Now, how long have you had your locks? 10 years? 12 years? Should you change the locks? When do you know is the right time to change the locks?

First, call an experienced residential locksmith and have them check the locks for signs of vulnerability. They will tell you if any of the locks need to be changed or repaired. Here are some of the things to look out for.

When the locks are too old or show signs of wear and tear…

Are the locks performing properly? Do they malfunction from time to time? Are you worried about getting locked out of the because of the locks becoming inoperable and not opening despite your best efforts? How long have you had the locks?

Normal wear and tear is an issue with most type of locks. Worn out locks impede your home security. Old or rusted locks are difficult to open, and can be easily broken into or picked. If the shows any sign of wear and tear, then have them replaced immediately. Indeed, if it’s been 10 or more years since you’ve had them, then it’s probably time to get them replaced.

When you have new tenants…

If you have rental properties of any sort or rent out your home or apartment, you should definitely have the locks changed every time you change tenants. There is no way to make sure that the last occupant of the house hasn’t made copies of the keys. So, what if there was to be a break-in? Would you blame the previous occupants for that? The best way to make sure is to get the locks changed or to have them rekeyed.

When you have moved in to a new home or apartment…

This is usually the most common reason to get the locks changed. There is no way to tell if the previous occupant has got copies of the keys made. What if they are of a criminal mindset and break into your house when you are away? Stay safe, change the locks to be sure.

When the lock has been damaged because of a break-in attempt…

If there has already been a break-in attempt, then the locks are compromised. Never hold on to locks that have been tampered with, vandalized or damaged in any way. Never take risks with your home security. Get the locks replaced as soon as possible.

When the locks look rusty…

If the lock has been used countless times, it gets worn-out with age and starts rusting. When the lock rusts, it can break easily. If you’re finding it difficult to put the key into the locking mechanism, or are finding it difficult to turn the keys, then it’s probably time to replace the locks.

When you have lost the keys…

If you have lost the house keys by any chance, be sure to change the locks, as there is every chance that the key been obtained by someone with criminal intent. Clearly, you don’t want a stranger to have access to your home, so change the locks to be safe.

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