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The Basics of Professional Lock Repair

The Basics of Professional Lock RepairBrowsing around the internet, you can find article after article after article explaining how you can do lock repair and installation at home.  If you’re particularly handy, this may, in fact, be possible, but for most of us, the idea of messing with our home’s security is a frightening one.  There’s also the issue of quickness – a professional locksmith, like one from GTA Lockman, can do in a few minutes what might take an untrained person days to do.  Here are some other basic reasons why your door security is best left to the professionals.

Tools of the Trade

A professional locksmith will have all the appropriate tools needed to ensure your door lock repair or installation is done in the fastest and easiest way possible.  Using the wrong tools when attempting to fix your own door locks can result in just damaging them more – they can be quite delicate pieces of hardware, at times.  Improperly repaired or installed locks also do not provide the same amount of security as properly managed locks will.

Advanced Lock Systems

Most “how-to” guides will cover only the most basic pin-and-tumbler locks.  Modern locks, and anything more advanced than the most bargain-basement budget models, often have advanced locking and security systems which makes repairing them more complicated.  A professional locksmith will have the proper training needed to deal with all sorts of technology, allowing them to quickly and accurately determine the cause of your problems and propose effective, cheap fixes.  No online guide can cover the entire range of locks and locking mechanisms, or have anywhere near the amount of experience or range of problems seen by a professional locksmith.

When to Repair and When to Replace

Without the proper knowledge, you may not know when to repair and when to replace your lock.  Some cases are easy – minor damage should be repaired, and major damage should be replaced.  But when it falls in between those extremes, it can be hard to gauge just where the line between repair and replacement actually is.  A professional locksmith will be able to judge if a moderately damaged lock can be repaired and restored, or if a new lock will be required.

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Why Should You Change Your Locks When You Move In?

Why Should You Change Your Locks When You Move In?You’ve just purchased that new home of your dreams!  You’re getting all the furniture moved in, setting everything up just the way you like it, and getting your TV and internet hooked up.  You’re all ready to go, right?

Before you finish that moving-in check list, however, make sure you schedule an appointment with your local locksmith.  One of the first things you should do, whenever you move into a new place, is change your locks.

Why?  Simply put, you have no idea who might still have access to your home.

Previous residents are supposed to surrender all keys when they leave a home, be it by sale or rental.  That being said, that doesn’t always happen – sometimes accidentally, with an old spare key turning up after the details have been made final, and sometimes maliciously.  This is a safety issue – as well as a potential insurance issue.  Having an unknown number of people with access to your home is not good news!

It’s not just previous owners who might have keys – former house sitters, neighbors, friends, family and service professionals could conceivably have access to you home.  The previous residents may trust all those people, but you don’t know them at all.  A significant percentage of home break-ins are from people who knew the previous owners.  Changing the locks cuts down on that risk immensely.

When changing locks, make sure you get every lock in the home.  That means don’t just stop at the front door – remember basements, little-used side doors, garage entrances and the like.  Most burglaries don’t happen through the front door, so the more security you can add, the better off you will be.

The only way to ensure no one else has access to your home is to control access to your home yourself.  Whether that’s through an old fashioned deadbolt or a modern keypad lock system, your home security should be your first priority.  The next time you change addresses, change your locks, too.  You’ll be glad you did.