Thinking of updating your home’s security? Looking to replace your front door lock and fancy yourself as a bit of a Do-It-Yourself handyman? Woah, slow down cowboy! I’m all for DIY home projects but when it comes to home security, I have rarely seen anyone get it right.
When it comes to the security of your home and family, is it really worth it? Here is why your home security should be left to a professional.
Looking To Save Money?
At first, a DIY security system can seem like a great idea to save you a bunch of money and protect your home. However, there are times when you simply need a professional to get it done right.
Yes, doing it yourself might save you money in the short term but it can potentially cost your thousands in the long-run. If you don’t know what you are doing you can cause damage to your home which means even more expenses.
It’s Easy To Defeat Cheap Locks
Most people don’t know much about locks. What most people don’t know is that it is easy to defeat the cheap locks you can find at your local Bunnings or homeware stores.
Most are mass produced and are of a low standard. You want at least a Grade 2 lock to have any chance of keeping intruders out.
If It Is Not Installed Right, It Won’t Protect You
Choosing quality locks is important, but a lock is only as good as its installation. I can’t tell you how many times one of our locksmiths has gone to someone’s home to rekey a lock, or let someone in and has found problems. If it is not installed right, it won’t protect you.
At first installing a lock may seem easy. Your new locks have the same sizing specifications as the old one, but if you don’t have the right hole saw, and latchkey tools, installing a new lock is going to cost you more than having a professional do it for you.
Locksmiths have done lock installations hundreds of times. They have the right tools and have the experience to make sure your locks are secure and steady with no damage to your home.
Think You Can Pick Your Own Lock? Think Again
I’ve seen some pretty crazy things when I’ve done home call outs. A common problem I come across when people lock themselves out is they try to pick their own locks. You are not MacGyver.
I’ve been called to homes and found everything from paper clips, earrings, and even twigs wedged inside a lock. The best case scenario is I clean out your lock and let you in. More often than not, people end up damaging their lock and have to buy a completely new lock.
People Are Lazy
If you are anything like me, you have home projects that are always left half done. Your home’s security can’t be one of those, “I’ll finish it later” projects. You will be surprised at how many DIY home security jobs I’ve come across that get postponed. A burglar will easily get into a home that is not fully secured.
Fixing the locks yourself can be difficult if you don’t know what you are doing. It can take a number trips to your local Bunnings to get it right. Imagine all the headaches and unfinished Do-It-Yourself projects that get postpone. Life (and procrastination) can get in the way. Don’t let your home security be one of those. Hire a professional and get it done quickly.
Locksmiths Are Highly Trained And Experienced
Do you know of the common access points used by burglars? Do you know which locks are best for your home’s security? Locksmiths have years of training and experience to make sure your home’s security is done right.
We can analyze your security needs, find the best lock for your door, and make sure it is properly installed. If you have recently had a break-in, we can give you helpful security tips that can assist you in averting future break-ins.
Check out our Home Security Essentials Guide and Checklist to securing your home against intruders.
An expert locksmith can provide a wide range of services including rekeying your new lock to your home key. You don’t have to worry about carrying hundreds of keys for all the locks you have.
And lastly, most professional locksmiths will offer a warranty for their services. You can have peace of mind knowing that everything is done right, and your home and family is safe from intruders.