You know the purchase of your new home in Vancouver is final when you are handed the keys.
But no, you shouldn't consider it final, and probably shouldn't move your valued possessions inside until you do one more thing: Get rid of those keys.
That's right – before you finish moving in, change the locks.
I'm not suggesting you should mistrust the sellers. They're not apt to come back and steal your belongings.
But the sellers aren't the only ones who have had access to those keys in the last few weeks – and possibly in the past few years. Did they leave a key with a neighbor when they were vacationing? Did they give a key to a service provider at some time in the past? Just because a key was returned doesn't mean it wasn't copied.
The bottom line is: You have no way to know how many copies of those house keys are floating around.
Instead of worrying about it, simply change the locks. Doing so is an inexpensive stress remover.
What if the front entry door has a beautiful and expensive keyed entry? Call a locksmith. A good one can re-key your lock and give you peace of mind.
If you're really concerned about security, try a keypad lock, or one of the new locks that requires your thumbprint for entry. You can also buy door and door frame reinforcements that prevent intruders from actually kicking in a door to gain entry.
Whatever you do, don't leave your security to chance. Before you finish moving in to your new Vancouver home, change the locks.
And... if you haven't yet found that new home, call me! I'll be pleased to help you find the home that's just right for you.