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By Teresa Hamilton & Team | Agent in Lafayette, LA

Buy a House, Change the Locks

Buy a House, Change the Locks


You signed the mountain of paperwork, and you and your spouse are so happy to finally be moving into your first house together that you’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.  The sellers are happy too; after all, they’ve been trying to sell the house for almost two years and they can finally get on with their lives.  They slide five copies of the house key across the closing table to you and wish you luck.  Your Realtor gives you two golden engraved key chains that proclaim, “There’s no place like home.”  Ahhh, everything’s right in the universe… until months later, things start to turn up missing.


The facts are not everyone was a fan of Mr. and Mrs. Good Neighbor when they used to live in your new home.  And it’s not your fault; how were you to know?  A neighbor kid never returned the key to the front door after the one time he house-sat for the sellers and forgot to feed the dogs for three days. The forgotten key ring the sellers’ usually-responsible thirteen-year-old lost at the playground after school… The code to the key pad mounted at the garage door Mr. Good Neighbor shared in a moment of weakness when Mr. Questionable Character next door called their cell phone while they were away on vacation.  He just wanted to borrow the ladder…


When you buy a house, change the locks – all of the locks, or combinations if applicable:

· Front Door Key

· Back Door Key

· Garage Access Key

· Remote Key Pad for the Garage Door

· Garage Door Remote Controls for Your Cars

· Mailbox Key

· Utility/Exterior Storage Shed Keys


Remove access, remove temptation, and sleep easier.

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