Be a Successful Realtor With 4 Must-Know Lock Tips
As a realtor, some think your job mainly consists of finding your clients the right property at the right price. While that may traditionally be your primary function, your ultimate goal is to look out for your clients’ best interest while meeting all of their home buying and selling needs. In order to do this adequately, there are 4 critical pieces of information about locks you need to be aware of. Every home has locks, and no home is safe when its locks are not secure.
1. Do You Know About Rekeying Locks?
Most people have heard that it is wise to change their locks when moving into a new home, especially if it was previously owned, but few know that replacing their locks is not the only way to do this. Replacing locks can be costly and time consuming, as it requires purchasing and installing entirely new hardware.
A much more simple and cost-effective solution is rekeying.
Rekeying is the process by which the inner mechanisms of the existing locks on a home are reconfigured, and new keys are cut to match the new configuration. The old keys are rendered useless, and the old locks are as secure as if they were brand new.
Rekeying is something every new homeowner, and therefore every realtor, should be aware of. And better than just telling your clients about rekeying, you can give it to them instead. Rekeying makes the perfect closing gift and is practical, affordable, and memorable. What a lasting impression you will leave on your next clients if you give them the gift of a more secure home.
2. Strengthen Deadbolts by 200%
Deadbolts are generally considered acceptable as the primary security feature on most doors, but they can still give way if excessive force is applied that is strong enough to rip the screws from the door frame.
Longer, stronger screws are the key to increasing the strength of a door’s deadbolt because they reach all the way down to the studs in the door frame and fortify the door against extreme force. Mr. Rekey installs 2 ½ inch specialty SPAXⓇ screws into the doorjambs with every lock rekeying or replacement, making deadbolts twice as strong and doors kick-in resistant.
By ensuring that your clients’ deadbolts are backed by more than your average screw, you protect their investment and send a message of concern for their well-being. Clients are likely to remember that the next time they are looking to move and think of you first to be their realtor again.
3. I Can Have One Key For Everything?
Are any of your clients looking to purchase a second property?
If your clients own more than one home, rekeying can take on a whole new meaning. Imagine how simple it would be if they only needed one key for the multiple properties they own. Or maybe they want to have their mother or grandmother’s house rekeyed to the same key as their residence. There would be no more worrying about remembering the right keys when heading out to the lake house or wielding an oversized keyring and being forced to cycle through ten keys before ever choosing the right one.
With rekeying, you no longer have to replace all of your locks to outfit them to work with the same key. Most locks can be easily reconfigured to match one key, eliminating any of the confusion or the hassle caused by managing multiple keys for multiple properties.
As a realtor, this handy tip is important to know, so you can pass the information on to your clients and help them to avoid potential frustration with their keys. It never hurts to be a knowledgeable resource for clients and will help foster a better relationship, which often leads to return business.
4. Decode That Lock With No Key
Do you or your clients have a lock without a matching key?
Occasionally you will come across locks in a home that have no key, which can be frustrating for new owners needing access to whatever may be guarded by the lock. Keys are also regularly misplaced in the moving process, sometimes never turning back up. The keys for things like mailboxes, desks, cabinets, utility boxes, and garage doors seem to have a way of wandering off, but this doesn’t mean your clients will have to go around installing new locks on everything they own.
Many people do not realize that locks can be decoded and new keys created to replace the misplaced ones. Certified and licensed locksmiths (like Mr. Rekey’s technicians) have the tools necessary to decipher the code for any given lock and cut a key that will open it.
This is a useful bit of knowledge to pass along to your clients and can save them a great deal of time, money, and frustration in the event of a missing key.
Realty the Rekey Way
As a realtor, your clients are relying heavily on you as they select a new home. By being knowledgeable about locks and lock security, you can make sure your clients find the right house and also know how to properly secure it.
Mr. Rekey loves working side-by-side with realtors to ensure their clients are well taken care of. We offer our affordable Rekey SpecialⓇ to new homeowners, which includes up to 6 rekeyed locks, 4 new keys, and SPAXⓇ screws installed in every doorjamb. Call us today to give the Ultimate Closing Gift to your clients.
Besides just rekeying, we are a full-service locksmith and can meet any other locksmith needs your clients may have. A home should be a safe place, and strong home security starts with the locks.