Dating has changed significantly in the last few decades. More and more people meet via dating websites and apps each year. And it has become much more normal for couples to move in together before they get married. Sharing apartment keys has become a large milestone for many dating couples. In many ways, giving a spare key to your home or apartment has become as significant as engagement rings. But before you have a spare key made you should consider some of the following advice.
Can You Legally Make a Spare Key
Before you get started on planning how you are going to give keys to your boyfriend or girlfriend you need to make sure you can legally make a spare key. If you live in an apartment you need to check your lease as well as with your landlord before you have spare keys made. Many apartments or condos that allow spare keys require that you inform your property manager before you have the key made.
When To Give A Spare Key To a Boyfriend/Girlfriend
There are many things to consider when planning to give a spare key to your significant other. Are you expecting them to move in with you? Are they also going to give you a key to their home or apartment? What are your plans for your relationship? Generally, there are no overarching rules for giving keys. Obviously, if either of you has roommates, you need to make sure your roommates are also on board with your significant other having a key. Beyond that, you should assess how both of you feel about your relationship and what giving a spare key means to you.
When Should You Expect Them To Give A Key Back
Ideally, you and your significant other will both exchange keys around the same time, but you shouldn’t expect your significant other to give you key back right away. If you are not prepared for a situation where you do not get a key in return, or they do not accept your key, you may need to reevaluate if you and your significant other are on the same page.
Should You Change Your Locks If You Break Up
Although it is the worst case scenario, you need to consider your safety in the event that you break up with a significant other who has a spare key. If the breakup is amicable, it is best to ask for the key back. But if your significant other refuses to return your key or you are worried they may have made a spare key, you need to have your locks professionally changed. This is the best way to ensure your personal safety.
Contact Bedford Key & Lock
If you are a Massachusetts resident looking to make a spare key for your significant other, come down to Bedford Lock & Key. We can help make spare keys for significant others, roommates, and other occupants that need them. Give us a call today.