If you are a new homeowner and haven’t changed your locks yet, then you should strongly consider doing so as soon as possible. You have no way of knowing who holds keys to your new home. Thankfully, there are really cheap ways to go about accomplishing this. Hiring a locksmith to come into your home and change the locks can be expensive, but is an option if you are pressed for time. However, you can take your locks to a local locksmith shop and have them changed for a fraction of the price.
If you have different keys for different doors, you can use this as an opportunity to make all of your locks match. Additionally, you can choose to purchase knobs and deadbolts that suit your decorative flair a little more. Sets can be ordered online, or through your local hardware store. Styles like egg-shaped bronze, handle pulls, oil-rubbed bronze, and riverwind doorknobs can add a touch of personality to what can ordinarily be a home fixture easily looked past.
After refitting your home with new locks, be sure to pay attention to the placement of your new keys. Wait until you get to know your neighbors a little better before you leave a spare key with them. Until you become a part of the neighborhood, keep a spare key handy, but hidden. Hideaway rocks, potted plants, and magnets can all be employed as a good hiding place, provided they aren’t too conspicuous-looking.