The only difference between the two is the service. In many cases, it can be harder to change the locks because of the difference in the sizes. Sometimes the door and door frame will need to be modified to fit the new lock.
There are a few options to rekey your door locks. You can have a mobile locksmith come to rekey your locks, which will be the most convenient way to have it done. You can disassemble the lock yourself and take it to a locksmith shop and get it rekeyed there. Many hardware stores will rekey the locks for you as well. Places such as Home Depot and Lowes can do this. We recommend that you shop around for prices between different locksmiths and hardware stores.
Usually the locksmith will be able to rekey the locks in his service van. Most of the locks will take about 10 minutes to rekey and the locksmith can charge you anywhere from $10 to $30 for each lock rekeyed. Most locksmiths will include a few free keys. The locksmith will also charge you for the travel time to you. What we recommend you do is to shop around between a few locksmith companies and always try to get the total cost over the phone.
- Tip: If you are thinking of just buying new locks for your home and you want to have the same key work on all the locks, Home Depot and Lowes will sell you a combined package of either two or four locks that are already keyed alike. If you need more than four locks rekeyed to the same key, on the package you can find a key code. Look for another package with the same key code and if the key codes match, it means the two packages will share the same key.
- Warranty: The most common locks you will find on houses are Schlage or Kwikset. You can find these locks installed on houses that are at least 20 years old. There is no question that these locks are high quality locks. If you want to know if you have a warranty on your lock, you can call to the lock company and find out. You can find the lock company name on the lock latch.