Lock rekeying is one of many services offered by locksmiths. There are a number of situations when someone might consider lock rekeying in their home. Here are some of the possibilities:
- Too many keys. This may sound trivial to some, but having too many keys on a keychain increasing the likelihood of eventually forgetting where one of the keys works. Many people don’t like a bulky key ring or the space that a handful of keys on a key ring takes up in a purse or in your pocket. Locksmiths can solve that problem by rekeying all the locks in your home to a single key.
- Too many people with keys. At some point, it’s simply a good security idea to change the locks or keys in your home. It’s a fact that most people give out copies of their house keys over time – to kids, workers, friends and neighbors. At some point, it’s a good idea to simply start over. You can change out the lock or simply rekey the lock so the old keys become worthless. This is the cheaper process. Make copies of the keys and give them out carefully to only a limited number of people you trust explicitly.
- Lost keys. If someone in your home has lost their keys, the only way to know that they didn’t fall into the hands of a burglar is to rekey the locks in your home. If the lost key only worked on the main entry door, that’s the only lock you need to deal with. Rekeying locks is less expensive than replacing them and leads to the same result.
- In a new house. Think for a moment about how many people had copies of the house key at your old home. That’s likely true in your new house and a compelling reason to change the keys in the house. You can make the old keys worthless either by rekeying the existing locks or buying new locksets. In a new home scenario, the issue is the degree of safety offered by the locks in your home. If they are made of quality materials and include a heavy gauge deadbolt, then there really is no reason to replace the locks, which costs more than rekeying the locks.