Reinforcing Security Locks at Old Houses
Old homes usually have old locks, damaged garage doors, insufficient security systems, problematic gates and distorted keys. That’s the price of getting an old house at a lower price but it is also your chance to pay the difference in money for the best security systems and the overall reinforcement of your new home security.
People may choose to buy older homes due to tight budgets, just because they like them or have inherited them. In any case, home improvements will certainly be needed and lock replacement should be at the top of the list of your priorities.
How to increase the security of your door locks
Before you make any plans or buy any lock, it’s best to inspect the whole house, learn its hiding points, the weaknesses or strengths. Of course, the CT Locksmith specialists could help you out in order to suggest the most appropriate locks for each entry point. Though, you must also check the condition of the doors because there is no use of investing in deadbolt installation on a warped door. Don’t forget that wood is very sensitive to temperature fluctuations and some doors may sag or need replacement, too. After all, misaligned doors will not let you lock properly. It is necessary to change the frames of windows and their sealing, check the condition of the garage door and see if there is a key for the door leading to the garage. It is preferable to install electronic locks at that door, so that the kids won’t have access to the garage.
Don’t forget that all entrances must have good locks starting from the front and back door and moving to windows, garage doors, gates and basements. Lock prices differ but this should be the least of your worries because most of them are affordable and if you neglect to change locks at some parts of the house, it will be your weak point that might be spotted by intruders. If your budget is small, give priority to the ground floor entrances but don’t neglect the upper floor or attic altogether. You could just choose less expensive security locks but the first floor windows or balcony doors must be locked, too. If your budget is big, you can also install an alarm system, which is reasonable to be connected with as many entrances as possible, intercom systems if you have gates and CCTV systems. It’s important to fix the garage door because it can be easily violated by perpetrators and if you place electronic locks, remember to change the codes regularly.