Feel as safe as houses
When you move into a rental property the first thing you should do is make it safe and secure. Who knows how many sets of keys are out there! And if it is an older home the locks and door handles probably won’t be state-of-the-art. Here are some suggestions to give you peace of mind.
While you could certainly ask your agent or landlord to replace any old or broken locks on the doors, you may prefer not to wait. Especially if your contents insurance is conditional on having deadlocks. We have lots of cost-effective options for making your home safer, as well as practical instructions on how to install them.
• Survey your rented home, making note of how many doors need deadlocks and windows require pin locks. Once you have your drill out, you might as well do them all! View D.I.Y. Brochure How to Secure Your Home.
• You may be eligible for a discount on your home insurance if you have deadlocks on external doors. Learn how to install one with ease with our D.I.Y. Brochure–How to Install a Deadbolt lock.
• Replace your old front door handle with something stronger and more secure. View How to Install a Door handle D.I.Y. Brochure.
• If you don’t already have one, it’s worth considering a security screen door for the front entrance. It means you can air the house without worrying and feel safe when you answer the door. Screen doors are relatively inexpensive and simple to install. You landlord might even kick in for the cost. View How to Install a Security Screen D.I.Y. Brochure.
• Another way to increase security at the font door is through a spy hole. View our How to install a spy hole D.I.Y. video.
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