Should you replace or rekey your locks?
When you move into a new home, one of the first things you should do is either change or rekey your locks. You never know how many keys the previous homeowner had given out to their friends and family.
Securing your home is important to protect you, your family, and your possessions. But, that brings up the question: Should you replace your locks, or have them rekeyed?
First, let’s dive into what a rekey is.
Rather than replacing the old lock with a new one, a locksmith can change the key that works in a particular lock to a different, new key. Your locks stay the same, but the key does not.
According to Front Range Locksmith, the lock is taken apart and the locksmith replaces “some of the parts inside (called ‘tumblers’ or key pins’). Every series of key pins in your lock correspond to a specific key.”
When you replace the pins, the old key can no longer operate the lock.
So, in what situations should you rekey a lock or change a lock?
Change Your Locks When:
You should consider changing your locks when rekeying a lock is not possible, or when one of the following situations are present
– Your locks are damaged, worn down, or old
– You want more modern locks with enhanced safety features
– For stylistic or aesthetic reasons
– Your locks are all different brands
If your locks are all different brands and you want a single key to work for all of the locks, replacing them may be a better option. According to Front Range Locksmith, “you will need to change some of the locks so that all your locks will be of the same brand. Only then can you re-key them all to one key.”
Rekey Your Locks When:
– Your locks are the same brand/style and work just fine
– You want the same key for every lock
If your locks work fine, rekeying them is the cheaper option.
Changing out your locks can be more expensive than rekeying a lock. For a locksmith to change a lock, it can cost anywhere from $35-150 on average for the locksmith to perform the work. That’s in addition to paying anywhere from $20-30 per lock, according to Home Advisor’s 2019 national averages.\
Rekeying your home can also cost $40-100 and then up to $25 per lock cylinder and $1-4 per key made.
Fortunately, at Freedom Home Warranty we’ve got you covered! With a home warranty plan from Freedom Home Warranty, you can get your home rekeyed by a licensed locksmith for a low $65 service fee.
Don’t let your new home go unprotected; Request your rekey today!