It is an exciting time to be a first-time home buyer in the Western Australian market because the government pays up to $10,000 towards the purchase as part of the First Home Owner Grant scheme. Now that you have found the home of your dreams and are impatiently waiting for the settlement to take place, your mind has likely turned to moving day. As well as organising a moving truck, you need to call your local locksmith, and there are two good reasons why.
Someone Else May Have Keys to Your Home
During the 2015-2016 financial year, there were 28,489 residential burglaries compared to 10,078 non-dwelling burglaries. Burglaries are often an opportunistic crime, and having keys to your home land in the wrong hands certainly lends itself to opportunity.
When you take ownership of your home, you know it has been previously lived in. But how many new owners consider whether the previous owners were honest? Are you 100% confident there are no other keys to your front door floating around in the hands of someone who is waiting for you to go out? Does your new neighbour have a key? If the home was previously rented, are you 100% sure the tenant didn’t make a key copy and give it to their mate?
There is only one way you can be 100% guaranteed you and your family members are the only people who have a key to your home, and that way is to get the locks changed on move-in day. You don’t want the thrill of owning your first home to be marred by disappointment when your home is broken into just days after moving in.
Someone May Be Watching Your Trash Piles
Many young couples moving into their first home go on a little spending spree and purchase new furniture and electronics for the house. They may go shopping because the existing furnishings doesn’t match the new decor or perhaps there is no better way to celebrate than to put a large, shiny new TV up on the wall.
However, there are less-than-honest people who notice things like new television boxes sitting at the kerb on trash day, and this box is a big beacon advertising you now have something worth taking in your home. Microwaves, blenders and other kitchen appliances all have boxes to be disposed of. Anything small enough to be grabbed and carried can quickly be removed from your home and either sold at the markets or pawned for some quick cash.
How Can Locksmiths Help You
When organising a locksmith to change the locks on your home, choose one who also offers home security systems. Discuss what you want to protect and where the house is vulnerable. It is not necessary to buy an elaborate security system to protect your belongings. One study performed by a UK company exposed that even a simple home security system is enough to send a burglar elsewhere. Once again, burglars are looking for quick opportunities, and a security system can hinder their efforts for a quick getaway.
When you get ready to move into your home, book a locksmith to meet you there once you have officially settled on the property. This measure is the only way to give you the peace of mind that your home is safe and secure. Change the locks, install a security system and then enjoy moving all your old and new belongings in the protected home of your dreams.
If you’d like to speak with a locksmithing professional, contact the experts at Askwith Company. We’ll provide you with the answers you seek so you can feel comfortable in your home.