Why should you rekey your door locks after closing?
It is a very common thing for people to hire a contractor to improve their home before they put it on the market. These contractors in many cases will need access to the home even when the home is vacant to finish their work. The contractors do not always return the keys and who knows if one of the employees did not make a key copy. Maybe the previous owner’s roommate, spouse or kids still have a key to your newly purchased home. It is always better to be safe and change the keys when you move in just to keep a peace of mind knowing that no one has your house keys.
Rekey vs new locks
How much does it cost to rekey a house and will changing locks on a house cost more?
Rekeying your house doors using a locksmith service can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 for each lock, plus a locksmith service call fee and labor fee. We recommend you consider buying new locks and this is why. If you have locks from the manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant or Emtek on your doors, you can buy the same manufacturer’s locks in a 4 pack of locks. These locks are already keyed to the same key and cost about $30 to $60 for each pack depending on the manufacturer. This option will let you change your locks from old locks to new locks, allow you to change the color of the locks, come with a manufacturer warranty and will have the latest technology for locks on the market. You can buy the locks from the manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant or Emtek at most of the hardware stores such as The Home Depot or Lowes, order them online from websites such as Amazon or Ebay, as well as buy them at your neighborhood locksmith shop. For more information on buying new locks visit our page Cheapest way to rekey locks. The lock manufacturers Schlage, Kwikset, Defiant and Emtek make these locks easy to install using their installation guides. The packages of locks will always have a small instruction book attached and all you will need are a few very simple tools for the installation. These manufacturers also have full support if you have any questions on how to install them. You do not need to be a professional locksmith in order to install these locks.
Latest technology door locks
After you close on a new home, it is a good idea to look into the latest technology for door locks. A lot has changed. Most locksmiths and realtors will suggest that you rekey your locks after closing but we recommend you look into keypad locks, keyless locks, bluetooth locks from Schlage locks, Kwikset locks or keypad WIFI locks from LockState.
WIFI door locks from LockState
Have you ever had the nagging feeling you forgot to lock your door? With the WIFI door locks you can check if your house door is locked, lock or unlock your door using a computer, tablet or your phone from anywhere in the world just as if you were standing by your door using a traditional key. No more getting locked out from your home. Allow people to enter your home with a temporary code. No need to hire a locksmith to rekey your doors in the future.
When should I consider hiring a locksmith?
- When you just want to rekey the existing locks on your doors.
- If you have more difficult locks to work on such as French door locks.
- If your house doors are old it can be a challenge to change the locks yourself.
- Just for a more convenient way.
Hiring a locksmith will be the most easy option when you either want to rekey your locks or when you are replacing your locks. A locksmith will have the experience and additional tools. We recommend you always use a locksmith for your home projects, but after that being said, it is possible to change your locks yourself and we would like to share with you some tips in case you decide to change your door locks yourself:
- Size. To avoid modification problems try to measure your old locks and buy the same size locks.
- Try to keep the same manufacturer’s locks
- Make sure your door is not more thick than a normal door. It can be a challenge if your door is thicker.
- If you have a metal door. It is easier to install a lock on a wooden door and can be difficult on a metal door.
Another good tip is to have a locksmith on speed dial just in case when you are trying to install a lock yourself and decide to let the professional finish the job.