6 Reasons You Should Rekey Your Locks

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When you think the time has come to change the locks, you have a better option than replacing the entire security system. In many cases, you’ll spend less money if you simply have your locks rekeyed.

When you rekey a lock, it changes so it operates with a different key. A locksmith can do this relatively simple process for less money than it costs to buy a new lock. On the other hand, when you replace a door lock, you remove the entire security system, install a new one, and use new keys.

Rekeying is the perfect option if you want more control over who accesses your home or office. In this blog, we outline six reasons to consider rekeying your locks instead of installing new ones.

1. You Move into a New House

When you buy a brand new house, you automatically know that no one can access your home unless you have directly given someone a key. However, when you buy a used house or condo, the previous owners may still have access to your home if they never gave you all the keys, kept spare copies, or gave out copies to others.

New homeowners also tend to make the mistake of removing the lock and purchasing a new, less secure system. To save money and secure your house, have your locks rekeyed as soon as you move in.

2. You Rent a New Apartment or Lease a Commercial Space

This same idea of rekeying a home applies to apartments and commercial spaces. Apartments go through a number of families and individuals. By the time you move in, you have no way to tell how many people have a key to your home.

Rekeying a commercial space matters just as much. Often, people who rent commercial spaces use expensive design or tech equipment in that space. Keep your belongings safe and have a locksmith rekey your building.

3. You Have a Turnover in Staff

In your office, there can be high turnover rates and sometimes people leave unhappy. If a departing staff member leaves your office upset, you should reset the locks. Giving everyone a new key to the office costs less than potentially replacing stolen or damaged goods.

4. You Change Cleaning Companies

Did your former cleaning company have access to your home? What about your babysitter or your dog walker? If you change cleaning companies or other services, take their key from them when they leave. Just to be safe, rekey any locks they had access to.

5. You Lose Your Keys 

Realizing you lost your keys is both stressful and scary. Not only do you have to worry about regaining access to your home, your car, your office, and whatever other building you had access to, but you also have to think about who might find your keys.

If you lose your keys and think there is a chance they could fall into the wrong hands, rekey your home. Safety always outweighs the potential danger.

6. You Evict Someone from Your Home 

No one wants to think about this scenario. But what happens when you have to kick an ex-boyfriend, an ex-wife, a bad roommate, a tenant, or a friend out of your house? If you want to render all keys to your house inoperable, the fastest and least expensive thing to do is rekey the locks.

Sometimes you may need to replace the lock entirely. If your lock experiences a lot of wear and tear and is difficult to use, you should purchase a new lock. You should also purchase a new lock system if you move into a home with a weak security system.

Generally, the least expensive, easiest way to know who has access to your home or office is to have a locksmith rekey your locks. Call your locksmith to schedule rekeying services today.


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