Buying, building or renovating a home is an exciting but often stressful time – with so many things to do it’s easy to overlook the small stuff. But the small stuff could be one of the most important decisions you make for your new home! We’re talking about home security – door locks to be exact.
There’s a number of considerations you’ll need to make when shopping for the right type of door lock and handle sets for both outside and inside your home:
- How many people need access to the front door?
- Will I be renting my home out during holidays or on Airbnb?
- Do I have small children I need to protect from exiting the house?
- Do I have a security screen that needs locking?
- What kind of budget do I have?
There are all sorts of locks available to meet different needs but it can be difficult trying to work out the best fit. So we’ve taken the hard work out of your search and created an infographic, which looks at all the different popular lock types available, the pros and cons of each and a security rating based on our experience and expertise.
Many locks will have at least one disadvantage, so it’s generally recommended to choose a combination of door locking systems – such as a deadbolt and a locking handle set. If you’re confused then just give your local locksmith a call to discuss your best options.
For more ways to improve home security take a look at these security tips for moving house, six ways to prevent burglars from targeting your home and three simple security tips to save on insurance.