So, in my first official "handyman" act as a new homeowner, I changed the locks. I got a nice matching-key lockset from Home Despot and installed it. A deadbolt (keyed on both sides, since there are windows on either side of the door) for the front door with a regular doorknob type lock for the door to the garage.
I'll have to go back at some point and install the door-jamb reinforcement/strke plate piece once I get my tools out there. The existing hole was too small to insert the insert, so I'll have to chisel or drill it out just a bit so it fits. Not a big deal.
We'll have to see what we need to do to change the locks on the garage doors and the storm door (since I don't think they left us keys to those locks), and also to change the keypad code on the one garage door. Shouldn't be a big deal - most likely I'll have to write the manufacturers to get manuals, etc.
Of course, fyreseer
works for a garage door manufacturer, so we may be getting new garage doors at some point anyway. :)( cut for maybe TMI )fyreseer
and I will be headed back out ther this evening to clear the place and measure for the painting festivities this weekend.
I can't really tell you how satisfying it was to pull the "for sale" signs out of the ground. I had to fight the urge to bang them up a bit and toss them around. Instead I just laid them peacefully against the side of the house so the seller's agent can collect them.