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Why You Should Re-Key Your Raleigh Property After Every Move-Out

Professional Locksmith Re-keying a Raleigh RentalAs a Raleigh rental property owner, you will always be seeking options to lessen property maintenance costs. Re-keying your rental property’s locks is an essential step. While there are other steps that are safe to skip, this one is not. You should remember to have your property’s locks re-keyed between tenants, even if your last tenant left on good terms with you. There are many reasons for this, but the most important being the security of your property, the safety of future tenants, and helping to boost your rental’s appeal to new tenants.

Secure Your Property

Security should be a primary concern for landlords, whether your property is currently inhabited or not. Temporary vacant properties can become targets for criminal problems and burglary. If your last tenants copied their key and gave it to someone who was not on the lease, this is more likely to occur. To be able to keep your property secure and deflect criminal activity, you should control who has access to the property and when. You can do this more easily by re-keying your property’s exterior doors the minute your tenant moves out.

Tenant Safety

Unreturned keys become an even more grave issue for your future tenants. To feel safe in their rental homes, that’s what tenants want to feel. But if your previous tenants still have a key to the house, that sense of safety may not be possible. If an old tenant or a person they gave a key to does a break-in, you may be liable for any damage or injury that occurs. On top of that, you will lose the trust of your current tenant, which may lead to canceled leases and costly turnover. To be able to make tenant safety a reality, it’s crucial to re-key the locks.

Increase Appeal

Though the cost of re-keying the locks between tenants may make you hesitate, you can use it as a selling point for your property. If a possible tenant is anxious about safety, you can lessen their fears by guaranteeing that their locks have been re-keyed; and they may opt for your property over other rentals in the area. If you can grow the value for your property, you may even be able to charge more for rent and get back anything you paid to have the locks re-keyed.

Alternatives to Re-Keying

Today’s landlords are scouting for other solutions to help ensure the safety of their property and tenant. For example, rather than re-keying the locks each time a tenant moves out, some landlords find it more cost-effective to install an electronic keypad or smart key product instead. While such options may cost more upfront, the benefit is that you can effortlessly change the key code or smart key tool yourself. Perhaps the hardest part of these alternatives is remembering to do it as part of the move-out process.

DIY or Hire a Pro?

You may be able to re-key the locks of your rental property yourself if you have the skill. While it is not a difficult thing to do, it does take a bit of know-how. You may want to choose to hire a professional to come in and do it for you to ensure the task is correctly done. It may cost less than replacing the entire lock, knob, or deadbolt. The most crucial aspect to keep in mind is that it is done correctly and that you have an entirely new set of keys to provide to your new tenant.

Tenant move-out, for property owners, can be a busy time. How about having the professionals at Real Property Management Raleigh do it for you? Our Raleigh property managers can manage all aspects of the move-out process requires and find you an awesome new tenant! To learn more, contact us online or call us at 919-481-0008.

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