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When you move into your first house, you might be tempted to order new furniture or carpets for your place instead of attending to more important matters. Unfortunately, if you overlook home security, you might be left wondering if your family is safe while you are away. As a lock enthusiast, I always tell new homeowners that the first thing they should do is to rekey their entire house. Believe it or not, the process is relatively inexpensive and easy, so you won't have to worry about breaking the bank to protect your new investment. Read my website to find out more.

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Buying A Foreclosed Property Or Short Sale? Get A Locksmith Right Away

by Katie Davis

If you have recently purchased a home on a short sale or foreclosure, your first call when you get the new keys should be a locksmith. These types of sales usually mean the seller was in trouble and you are getting the home from the bank, and the house could have been vacant for an extended period of time.

It isn't uncommon for people to target unoccupied houses for theft. You don't know who was walking around inside the home while it was vacant or who the owner gave a key to when they were still the owners. Here is what you want the locksmith to do right away.

Change Door Locks and Add Deadbolts

All of the locks on the entrance doors need to be changed out, and deadbolt locks need to be added if there aren't any. This includes sliding glass doors and a door that goes from an attached garage into the home. People that have seen inside the home will know what type of locks were previously on the house, so they could be prepared to pick the locks after you move in your belongings.

Window Locks on Both Floors

If someone knows the windows don't lock, or that the latches aren't tight, they may plan on getting in through the windows on either floor. Have the locksmith add interior locks on all of the windows throughout the home.

Home Security

Add a home security system to the property right away, and make sure the system has smoke and gas detection. Wireless systems can't be deactivated by a cut phone or cable line, and they are ideal if there is a power outage. You can choose a system that sends alerts to your phone for activity, and it will alert the authorities when triggered. The home security should earn you a discount on the cost of home insurance, and it can be as large as 20 percent.

You may be getting a great deal on your home purchase, but you want to make sure that you and your belongings are going to be safe as soon as you move in. Talk with a locksmith and have them do a security check around the property to see if there are any concerns that may make your home a target for intruders, and fix any problems the locksmith makes notes about right away. For more information, contact a local locksmithing business.