It seems like when you move, there’s a million things to do. Pack up your stuff, transfer your mail, update your new address on all your accounts…does it ever end? One task my husband wanted to do right away when bought our new home was to change all the locks. Since it was previously owned and had been shown by various realtors, this meant there were who knows how many copies of the keys floating around.
For our peace of mind, we decided to change all the locks. Also, the old door handles and deadbolts were mismatched and some of them were scratched up a bit, so this added cosmetic improvement to our home too. This is a fairly easy DIY project and we were able to find everything we needed at our local Home Depot.
Kwikset was generous enough to send me a SmartCode Deadbolt for keyless entry. It’s a deadbolt with a programmable keypad, no key required! I love this option because if I am ever locked out without a key, I can put in our code and still get in the house. You can also assign a temporary code to someone (such as a babysitter, house guest, housecleaner, etc.) so you don’t need to make copies of keys.
Here’s a youtube video demonstrating how the keypad deadbolt works:
The main reason we chose Kwikset is because of their Smart Security features:
- drill resistant
- ANSI grading
- Bump Guard technology
- superior pick-resistance
Some of their products also have re-key technology, meaning you can change the keys with a master key if they are lost or stolen. We used this feature to re-key all of the Kwikset locks we purchased, so even though we bought them all separately, we just need to carry around one key and it opens any of them. MUCH cheaper than paying a locksmith!
Here’s a summary of this DIY project:
Time spent: about 30 minutes
Assistance required: no (husband did this on his own)
Tools: Drill or screwdriver
Hassle factor: Minimal. Directions were clear. No curse words or exasperated sighs during installation
My husband did want me to mention that a screw was stripped in one of the sets, but that was his only issue. This was one of the easier DIY projects so far, and I can now recommend Kwikset products for your home security needs.
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