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Changing the Locks at Your New Home

Moving house can be stressful, and there are lots of tasks that need to be done. Packing and unpacking, setting up new accounts for gas, electricity, and water, getting the internet connected, and diverting the post, among others. However, it is crucial not to forget one of the most vital tasks, changing the locks in your new home once you’ve moved in. Once Locks Express Locksmiths have changed the locks throughout your new home, you can be confident that you are in complete control of all the keys to your new property. Your home insurance policy may also require that all the locks be changed when moving house. Locks Express is here to help and can change any type of door locks, including UPVC door locks, composite doors, wooden doors, bi-fold doors, and garage doors.

Who Else Could Have a Key?

It isn’t just the previous owner who may have spare keys to your new home. Over the years, they could have given spare keys to friends, family, neighbours, tradesmen, carers, estate agents, and dog walkers. The list is endless, so it is essential to have new locks installed and have total key control from day one. Locks Express can arrange an appointment to fit around your schedule, such as changing the locks on the weekend or in the evening if that is more convenient for you.

7.4% of All Burglaries Use a Key!

According to NimbleFins Insurance, which quotes the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 7.4% of all burglaries in England and Wales involved entry gained simply by using a key. By having Locks Express change the locks as soon as you move into your new home and then only giving spare keys to trusted friends and family, you can protect yourself from this type of burglary immediately. Follow police advice on how to prevent burglary.

Locks Express – Trusted by Local Estate Agents

Locks Express has been changing locks for new homeowners throughout the LA postcode area for over twenty years and has completed work directly for many local estate agents, such as Hackney and Leigh, Milne Moser, Farrell Heyworth, and Poole Townsend. Locks Express is “Approved by Trading Standards” as members of the Buy with Confidence scheme and has over 120 five-star Google reviews. Additionally, all our work is guaranteed, and we supply and fit the best quality locks, using trusted brands such as Union, Yale, and Mul-T-Lock.

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UPVC and Composite Door Locks

The majority of houses now have UPVC doors or composite doors. We stock a large variety of cylinder locks for these types of doors, including the high-security anti-snap 3XP Mul-T-Lock cylinders. We stock every cylinder size available, ensuring that every cylinder lock we fit will be the perfect size. We can change all of your UPVC door locks or composite door locks on the first visit, and can even cut Mul T Lock keys whilst on site, saving you time and money

UPVC Door Lock Adjustment

If the UPVC doors on your new property are catching, clunky, difficult to lift, hard to lock or unlock, then Locks Express can make them as good as new. We can adjust hinges, locking mechanisms, and the keeps/strike plates to allow smooth locking of your door every time. If your multipoint locking system needs attention, we can replace the centre case gearbox or the full-length mechanism if needed. We can improve security on your UPVC door, patio doors and bifold doors by upgrading the lock cylinder to an anti-snap TS007 three-star cylinder, fitting two-star high-security door handles, and fitting sash jammer bolts to the UPVC frame. Check out our in depth article on lock snapping and the need for anti snap locks.

White Sash Jammer fitted to window

Wooden Door Locks

Locks Express can fit a range of different locks and hardware to your wooden door, including fitting British Standard BS3621 five-lever locks, which is a common requirement for home insurance. We can supply and fit Yale deadlocking or non-deadlocking night latches, plus hardware such as high-security door restrictors or chains, mortice rack bolts, and door viewers. Some of the lock brands we fit on wooden doors include Union, Chubb, Legge, ERA, and Yale.

Installing rack bolts

Garage Door Locks

There are many different makes and models of garage door locks, but Locks Express stocks a large variety of T-handle locks, single/one-way cylinders, Henderson, Garador, and Cardale locks. We can also change locks on gates and shutters.

Bi-Fold Door Locks and Patio Door Locks

Locks Express supplies and fits replacement locks for all types of bi-fold doors and patio doors. We can usually upgrade old or basic patio door and bi-fold door locks. We also repair or replace failed/broken bi-fold door locking mechanisms. Many other locksmiths in the area don’t want to get involved in complex bi fold door repairs. Due to over 20 years experience we have all the tools and knowledge to rectify issues with your bifold doors.

Bifold Door Lock And Key

Window Locks

A common job for Locks Express when a new homeowner moves into a property is sourcing keys for UPVC window handles. It’s common for window keys to be lost, so in a lot of cases no keys are left by the previous owner. If the old handles are tarnished or broken we can replace old and worn window lock handles with brand-new locking handles. We can supply these in chrome, brass, or white finishes and can supply extra keys if necessary. We can also supply and fit window restrictor cables, either fixed or locking/unlocking, or the more discreet window restrictor catches. We can increase UPVC window security by fitting sash jammer bolts to UPVC windows.

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You can contact Locks Express anytime to discuss security options for your house move.

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