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Why You Should Re-Key Your Hawthorne Property After Every Move-Out

Professional Locksmith Re-keying a Hawthorne RentalAs a Hawthorne rental property owner, you are always searching for ways to reduce property maintenance costs. Though there are a few things that are safe to skip, re-keying your rental property’s locks is not one of them. Even if your last tenant left in a good way, you should always have your property’s locks re-keyed between tenants. There are many reasons for this, the most important being the security of your property, the safety of future tenants, and boosting your rental’s appeal to new tenants.

Secure Your Property

Security should be a priority concern for landlords, whether your property is currently inhabited or not. Even temporary vacant rentals can become targets for criminal mischief and burglary. If your last tenants copied their key and gave it to someone who was not on the lease, this is more likely to occur. So that your property remains secure and will not have any criminal activity, you need to control who has access to the property and when. You can achieve this by re-keying your property’s exterior doors as soon as your tenant moves out.

Tenant Safety

Unreturned keys become an even more grave issue for your future tenants. To feel secure in their rental homes, that’s what tenants want to feel. But if your previous tenants still have a key to the house, that sense of safety may not be possible. If a previous tenant or a person they gave a key to does a break-in, you may be liable for any damage or injury that happens. On top of that, you will lose the trust of your current tenant, which may lead to canceled leases and costly turnover. To achieve reliable tenant safety, it’s vital to re-key the locks.

Increase Appeal

Even though the cost of re-keying the locks between tenants may make you hesitate, you can use it as a selling point for your property. If a possible tenant is anxious about safety, you can ease those fears by guaranteeing that their locks have been re-keyed; and they may select your property over other rentals in the area. If you can increase the value of your property, you may even be able to charge more for rent and get back anything you paid to have the locks re-keyed.

Alternatives to Re-Keying

Current landlords are seeking other options to help ensure the safety of their property and tenant. There are landlords who find it more cost-effective to install an electronic keypad or smart key product instead of re-keying the locks each time a tenant moves out. While such options may cost more upfront, the benefit is that you can effortlessly change the key code or smart key tool yourself. Perhaps the toughest part of these alternatives is remembering to do it as part of the move-out process.

DIY or Hire a Pro?

You may be able to re-key the locks of your rental property yourself if you have the skill. While it is not a challenging task to do, it does take a bit of know-how. To ensure the task is done well, you may instead choose to hire a professional to come in and do it for you. It may be a bit less pricey than replacing the entire lock, knob, or deadbolt. The most crucial thing to note is that it is done accurately and that you have a brand new set of keys to give to your new tenant.

Tenant move-out, for property owners, can be a frantic time. Why not allow the professionals at Real Property Management California Coast to do it for you? Our Hawthorne property managers are skillful at managing all aspects the move-out process requires and can find you a fantastic new tenant as well! To learn more, contact us online or call us at 310-535-2150.

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