What is the first thing you should do after closing?
Change your locks.
The former owners of our home gave us quite a few keys at closing, but we had no idea how many keys had been made during the sixty years before we purchased this house. Eight months after we moved in, we learned that at least one set of neighbors had a set of old keys.
But they no longer worked because we changed the primary locks on the house the weekend we moved in. We changed them ourselves, and we started with the front door. We removed an old brass door knob that had seen better days:
And we replaced it with a new, darker door knob with a lock:
Although it was clearly newer than the other door knobs in the house, we also were not impressed with the door knob and lock to the door leading from the garage into the kitchen:
So replaced it with a better lock, a sturdier silver one to match the kitchen:
We also had a final exterior door that we also changed the door knob and locks on. The total cost to replace all three door knobs and locks would have been less than $125–had we not already owned the kitchen door lock from a previous abode.
Do you agree that changing the door locks is the first thing you should do after you close on a house? What types of locks do you have? Do you have a keypad lock on any of your doors or a Bluetooth controlled lock? If you use keypad locks or Bluetooth locks, do you feel safe with them, and do the benefits outweigh any problems you have encountered? Post your thoughts in the comments below!