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What To Do If You Accidentally Move With The House Keys

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. Things To Do If You Accidentally Move With The House Keys
  2. Contact the owner of your previous house
  3. Arrange for the keys to be delivered to the owner
  4. Arrange for a change of locks and new keys
Things To Do If You Accidentally Move With The House Keys

Things To Do If You Accidentally Move With The House Keys

Moving to a new house can be very exciting. In most of the cases though, the process is quite involving and hectic. Hence, you will require careful preparation and the engagement of the right moving crew. While there are so many things to consider before you move, checking to ensure that your mover has packed everything is important since you do not want to leave anything behind. However, one thing that most people forget as they move out is to hand over the house keys. Has this happened to you? This article provides an in-depth explanation of what to do if you accidentally move with the house keys.

Contact the owner of your previous house

The first thing that you need to do when you realize that you have moved with your previous house keys is to notify the owner. Most house owners fear for the safety of their houses. Notifying the owner of the house that you have their keys helps in assuring them that the keys have not fallen into the wrong hands. In addition, it gives you a chance to discuss how the keys will be returned to the owner.

Arrange for the keys to be delivered to the owner

You will not need the keys to your previous house anymore and keeping them will only burden you. Talk to your former house owner and agree on how they will get the keys back. You can use one of the following means to get the keys back to the property owner:

  • Send them as a parcel: You can arrange to have the keys delivered back to your former house as a parcel. Get a reliable courier service immediately you notice that you have the keys and send them back. This will reduce the chances of inconveniencing the next tenant.

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  • Ask your mover to deliver them back: You can opt to give the keys to your moving company after you have arrived in your new home to take them back to the owner. It is one of the simplest and secure options in such a case especially where their head office is near your former house.
  • Take them back yourself: House keys are sensitive. Think of a situation where the keys land into the wrong hands. They can be duplicated and the original ones taken to the owner. To avoid taking such risks, you can opt to take the keys back to the owner by yourself immediately after settling in your new home. However, this might be challenging especially where you have a tight schedule.

Arrange for a change of locks and new keys

At times, it might not be economical sending or taking keys back to your former house especially where long distances are involved. There is also the issue of high security risk. You can weigh the cost of changing the locks to your previous house and acquire new keys. Talk to your former landlord and agree to foot the involved expenses.

Forgetting to hand over the keys to your former house is a common practice. However, once your mover arrives at your new home, it is important to arrange on how the keys can be taken back, including a possible replacement of all the locks if taking them back is a risky or expensive option.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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