Master Lock helps homeowners with 5 tips for safely moving and settling into a new residence

With the number of for sale signs sprouting up on lawns all over town, I would say that Spring is definitely the most popular to time to make a move. Houses that were on the market all winter are finally earning their sold signs and soon we will have lots of new neighbours up and down our street.

“Moving into a new home can undoubtedly be a stressful experience,” says Rebecca Smith, vice president, marketing for Master Lock. “Our goal is to help new homeowners make their move as organized and safe as possible by providing them with the necessary tools to do so.”


Master Lock recommends these five safety measures when moving and adjusting to your new residence:


·         Secure All Valuables: Whether you’re moving your own belongings or have hired movers, it is important to pack all valuables in enclosed, secured containers. For fragile or breakable items, use an added layer of protection, such as bubble wrap or shredded newspaper. In the midst of moving mayhem, remember to lock your trailer with a Master Lock 379DAT Universal Trailer Coupler Lock that resists picking and prying when not in use or in between trips to avoid possible theft.


·         Inventory Personal Belongings: Label your boxes by room, number or color-code, and create a list of the items in each box. This will keep your personal possessions organized for when you begin the unpacking process. When you arrive at your new home, make sure to check each list to ensure all your belongings made it safely and securely. Investing in a Sentry Safe SFW123TTC Extra Large Digital Alarm Fire Safe will assure your most important valuables remain safeguarded and protected as you settle into your home. While you may have heavy foot traffic between movers, cable providers and other vendors setting up your new space, this Sentry Safe Extra Large Digital Alarm Fire Safe’s loud alarm will quickly alert you if there is suspected tampering.       


·         Install New Exterior Locks: Less than half (47 percent) of U.S. and Canadian residents changed or rekeyed the locks on their new home. As a major safety precaution, you should change all the exterior locks on your new home either before or when you move in. Previous tenants, realtors and other unsuspected people may have keys to the current locks. Replacing these old locks with new ones, such as the Master Lock BCCO0615 Entry Door Lock with Single Cylinder Deadbolt, will provide additional security with peace of mind, and ensure you are the only person who has access to your home.


·         Change of Address: Before officially moving into your new home, make sure to visit your local post office. To avoid unintentionally giving strangers access to personal information, such as billing statements, credit card offers and insurance information, change your address before your move.


·         Explore Your Neighborhood: Once you’ve settled in, make sure to familiarize yourself with your new neighborhood. Take a bike ride to meet your neighbors, locate the police and fire stations and find your local park district. Don’t forget to lock up with the Master Lock 8127TRI Keyed Cable Lock while exploring your new surroundings.

 These are such great tips!

My husband and I are always searching house listings looking for the perfect a mix of the perfect location and home, when it didn’t come up, we decided to go ahead and work on some renovations that would require completely changing the look of the back of our house. With this change, new doors were needed and I was happy to find just what we were looking for at Master Lock


Biscuit Style Knob Entry Door Lock with Single Cylinder Deadbolt in Satin Nickel 

Product Details

The Master Lock No. BCCO0615 features a keyed alike biscuit style knob and single cylinder deadbolt, with interior thumb turn. The six-way adjustable latch fits all doors with 2-3/8in or 2-3/4in backset, square, rounded corners, or drive-in. The deadbolt is four way adjustable for 2-3/8in or 2-3/4in backset, square, or rounded corners. This knob and deadbolt combo pack is ANSI GRADE 3 and designed for exterior door applications. The satin nickel finish provides a sleek appearance. The Limited Lifetime Warranty provides peace of mind from a brand you can trust.

I love it when you can get a secure, functional piece that still looks trendy and fashionable. The satin nickel finish looks great and goes well with the rest of the house. 


For more moving safety tips and products, visit the Master Lock website or connect with Master Lock on social via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube.

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  1. Definitely change the locks! You never know who still has keys for the old ones.

  2. loucheryl says:

    All great tips. Get yourself great locks and a home security system.

  3. Absolutely change those locks

  4. Laurie P says:

    We’ve bought various Master lock products over the years….I must say, they’ve been most reliable!

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I agree new locks are a necessity, that goes without saying really. A good collection of tips too, thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. when making the inventory, upload the list to a cloud service (like Dropbox). This way you’ll always have a copy no matter where you are and it won’t get lost or damaged

  7. Victoria Ess says:

    I wouldn’t ever imagine moving into a house without changing the entry locks.

    • momvstheboys says:

      it seems like a no brainer, but I bet a lot of people don’t even think of it. When we bought our first home, it’s not something we did right away.

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