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Old 06-26-2011, 08:02 PM
 
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Default Change locks after buying Foreclosed house

Is there any need to change locks after buying a house ?

What about Garage door opener, I don't have it, From where can i buy it ?

If i need to change the door lock, then please suggest some brand and store.. thanks
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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I prefer to live in a place where only I have the key. You can change door locks yourself... they are usually rated grade 1 to 3 -- 1 is better. in order of price, they are qwikset, defiant, schlage, medeco, abloy.... spendy


You could always ask what a local locksmith would charge to rekey the locks you already have. Depending on the number, it might be cheaper. All he'll do is move some pins and tumblers in your locks, then cut some keys to match.

Locksets get pricey, quickly.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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Is there any need to change locks after buying a house ?

What about Garage door opener, I don't have it, From where can i buy it ?

If i need to change the door lock, then please suggest some brand and store.. thanks
Yes.yes.yes. and unplug that garage door opener until you get it reprogrammed. Whomever has the remote can come into your house until you get that opener reprogrammed.

Lowes & the depot both have "project packs" of replacement keyed-alike locksets & deadbolts. If you only have a front and back door you're looking at about $30 for two new locks & two new deadbolts. A four-pack is like $60 at Lowes, which is still cheaper than a locksmith.

For your opener remotes, check amazon.com. Usually around $20 each.

If you want to start fresh with a new opener, they have some great deals for complete new packages - I got a belt-drive unit with two remotes for about $180 shipped.
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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Yes! Definitely change locks. Even if the house isn't a foreclosure, it's best to change the locks. My house wasn't a foreclosure, but I learned my lesson the hard way. I would come home from work and find things slightly out of place. First I thought I was imagining it, but then one day I came home and found my dog locked up in a bedroom. This was a room the dog didn't even have access to. I had a locksmith out here the next day. Eventually I found out the home's previous owner (who now lived next door), was coming in to snoop. Nothing got taken, but the thought that he was snooping through my personal stuff was unsettling. Changing locks would be the first thing on my list nowadays.
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:55 PM
 
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Definitely change the locks. Many of the bank owned homes make you sign a form stating that you will change the locks right after closing. Some of them even do it and charge you for it on your settlement sheet. You don't know who had access to the home before so it always a good idea to change the locks.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:34 PM
 
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It's a rule that your locks HAD to be re-keyed if Fannie, Freddie or HUD was involved. I tried hiring my own locksmith (I knew a friend in the business) but the listing agent has to coordinate it. I forgot if I paid or the bank paid.
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:37 PM
 
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What about Garage door opener, I don't have it, From where can i buy it ?
Look at your opener brand. Then go to the Home Depot or Lowe's and buy a universal brand. You will need to re-set the opener. Google that brand and model to download the manual. Any garage door company can help you (for a fee).
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Old 06-27-2011, 10:38 PM
 
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Thanks everyone
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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It's a rule that your locks HAD to be re-keyed if Fannie, Freddie or HUD was involved. I tried hiring my own locksmith (I knew a friend in the business) but the listing agent has to coordinate it. I forgot if I paid or the bank paid.
You paid... No doubt the listing agent also had "a friend in the business".

The way Fannie's documents read, the buyer is responsible for paying for a re-key if the property is on a "master key" system. Local RE brokers have interpreted that to mean a "keyed alike" system. The $4.99 locksets installed by the trash-out crews are all "keyed alike", therefore you get to pay $150+ to re-key those high-security $4.99 locksets.

I'm still considering filing a RESPA complaint against the broker for my parent's house - they billed for changing the locks, but cannot produce a receipt - and the locks weren't changed.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:58 PM
 
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As a rule, change those locks mate. Who knows who might have spares. Talk to your locksmith about a set of locks that can be used. See and ask for costing since the effort may be the same as having the locksmith just tinker with them. CHeers mate and hope it works out!

oh...try qwikset, defiant, schlage, medeco, abloy etc.....
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