Moving into a new home

Securing Your New Home: Rekeying vs. Changing Locks

Nothing is more thrilling than closing on a new home. Amidst all the excitement, remember to take care of the security. Change the locks!

You have no idea how many folks hold a copy of the key to your new home, so changing the locks is a priority. 

When should you change your lock?
Whenever you are concerned about security!

Some examples:

  • When you have purchased a new house.
  • When there has been a break-in or burglary.
  • When you own a vacation rental property.
  • When a renter, tenant or roommate has moved out.
  • When a key has been stolen or gone missing.
  • When a disgruntled employee has been terminated.
  • When you are dealing with a messy divorce.
  • When the lock is worn or damaged.
  • Whenever you want to restrict access to people with old keys.
  • When you have a business, retail space or commercial property with old locks, particularly if keys have changed hands frequently.

Plan to change a lock on a new house

  1. Make an appointment with the locksmith in advance.
  2. Know how many locks you will need and what type.
  3. Schedule the lock change a day after closing. Often there are delays at closing.
  4. Will changing the locks be sufficient?

Additional security concerns should be discussed with your locksmith.

Rekeying vs. Replacing the Lock?

1. What is the difference between Rekeying and Changing a Lock?

Rekeying alters internal lock parts, requiring new keys. Changing locks replaces all hardware, including keys.

2. How does rekeying affect Cost?

Rekeying is cheaper. Locksmith adjustments cost less than new hardware. Opt for rekeying to save while securing your home.

3. Is Rekeying Secure?

Rekeying is a good idea when key copies or unauthorized access isn’t an issue. Changing locks enhances security, particularly for a single family home.

4. Key Control and Peace of Mind

Rekeying stops old keys from working. Changing locks offers utmost control by replacing hardware. Choose according to your needs.

5. Lock wear and Tear

Rekey functional locks for cost-effective security. Change the locks if they are in poor condition, old, or jam.

6. Convenience of Rekeying

Rekeying is quicker and less disruptive than changing locks.

Summary

Rekeying is more cost effective and convenient, particularly if you have a commercial property, office, rental, apartment or condominium. Consider wear and tear before making a decision. Changing the entire lock will offer a higher level of security and control and is recommended for a home.

If you have multiple family members, service providers, rental property, or a business that needs to be accessed by multiple people, we recommend installing a Keypad on the front door.

What are the advantages of a keypad?

Higher Security

Keypads don’t have cylinder mechanisms, so they essentially cannot be picked or bumped like conventional locks. This keeps the property more secure.

A keypad door entry system eliminates the need for keys. There is no need to worry about lost or stolen keys, duplicating keys or limiting access to individuals. Whenever you want to restrict access you merely change the code and distribute the code to the authorized people.

More Durable

Regular keys and locks wear out over time. They keys don’t turn and stop working. Keypads last longer than conventional locks.

Cost

Keypads are more expensive than regular locks. This cost is offset by the inconvenience of duplicating multiple keys and changing or rekeying the lock.

Every situation is unique. Call Keypad Locksmith to make an appointment or to ask for guidance!

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