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

Professional Locksmith Re-keying a Grandville RentalAs a Grandville rental property owner, you are constantly finding ways to lessen property maintenance costs. While some things you might be able to safely skip, re-keying your rental property’s locks is not one of them. You should remember to have your property’s locks re-keyed between tenants, even if your last tenant left on good terms with you. There are a lot of reasons for this, the most essential being the security of your property, the safety of future tenants, and helping boost your rental’s appeal to new tenants.

Secure Your Property

Security should be a primary concern for landlords, whether your property is currently inhabited or not. Temporary vacant properties can become targets for criminal problems and burglary. If your last tenants made a copy of their key and gave it to someone who was not on the lease, this is more likely to occur. To be able to keep your property secure and deflect criminal activity, you should control who has access to the property and when. This is achieved by re-keying your property’s exterior doors as soon as a tenant moves out.

Tenant Safety

Unreturned keys become even more problematic for your future tenants. To be unharmed in their rental homes is what tenants want to feel. But if your last tenants still have a key to the house, that sense of safety may not hold true. If an old tenant or a person they gave a key to does a break-in, you may be liable for any damage or injury that occurs. On top of that, this could result in canceled leases and expensive turnover because you lost the trust of your current tenant. To make tenant safety a reality, it’s essential to re-key the locks.

Increase Appeal

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 potential tenant is concerned 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 build the demand for your property this way, you may even be able to price your rent more and quickly recover the amount you paid from having the locks re-keyed.

Alternatives to Re-Keying

The landlords of today are looking for other options to help ensure the safety of their property and tenant. Some landlords 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 that route can cost more upfront, the benefit is that you can simply change the key code or smart key tool yourself. Remembering to do so as part of the move-out process is perhaps the most troublesome part of these alternatives.

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 complex task to do, it does take a bit of know-how. You may instead choose to hire a professional to come in and do it for you to ensure the task is done right. It could cost less than replacing the entire lock, knob, or deadbolt. The most vital thing to note is that it is done precisely and that you have a completely new set of keys to provide to your new tenant.

Tenant move-out, for property owners, can be a busy time. How about letting the professionals at Real Property Management Investment Solutions do it for you? Our Grandville property managers are able to handle all aspects of the move-out process requires while finding you a great new tenant as well! To learn more, contact us online or call us at 616-419-4578.

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