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Rekey locks after closing

Same key for all door locks

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.

Schlage lock
House keypad door lock

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.

Keyless door lock
WIFI Door Lock

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.

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WIFI Door Locks

Handle lock for home door

The best locks for your home

What is the difference between a WIFI door lock to any other smart lock on the market?

Mile High Locksmith is a locksmith company located in Colorado. We have been working with locks and keys for many years, installing access control door locks, keypad locks and high security locks. After many years, we can safely say that we have become experts on door locks and would like to introduce to you the new generation of WIFI door locks that are made by LockState.

What is the difference between a WIFI door lock to any other smart lock on the market?

There are many differences between these two types of locks. The difference we would like to point out is the WIFI door lock is a lock that connects to a WIFI internet connection in your home or office. It connects exactly in the same way you would connect your phone, tablet or computer. By having this feature on your door lock, it gives you the ability to access your lock online from anywhere around the world just as if you were standing by your door and using a traditional key. WIFI door locks are the future for humanity to lock and unlock doors.

Extra features for WIFI door locks

A peace of mind. You can set the WIFI door lock to provide you with alerts anytime someone is using a code to unlock your door. For example, you are running late at work and you ask your dog walker to take your dog out for a walk. You can access your lock online, set up a temporary code and provide it to your dog walker. They can then use the code on the WIFI door lock keypad and unlock the door. At the same time they are unlocking the door, you will receive an email alert letting you know that the dog walker has unlocked your door. You will receive the same alert when the dog walker is done and uses the code to lock the door when they leave. Then you can delete this code to make sure the dog walker will not have access to your home anymore. With a WIFI door lock, you can make new codes and delete codes anytime and anywhere using your computer or phone.

Rental property management

If you are a house owner who rents out your home, condo or apartment building manager, the WIFI door lock is perfect for you. No more need to rekey your locks or change your door locks when your tenants move out. If you have a roommate or just rent a room, when your roommate moves out, you will not need to hire a locksmith to rekey your locks. As the owner of your own personal WIFI door lock, you do not need to provide keys to your tenants or roommates. You can just provide them with a key code to lock and unlock the door by using the keypad. Then you can change these codes anytime and from anywhere by using you username and password online.

Is a WIFI door lock good for businesses?

Yes. In fact, most businesses save thousands of dollars by using WIFI door locks and not the traditional access control locks. The first feature we would like to point out to you is no more wires. The traditional access door locks have been installed on business doors for many years by using the prototype system. For example, the old access control locks require sending wires from the lock to the front desk that connect to a buzzer or computer. Drilling walls, having an

electrician come to you, filing for a permit from the city, and then you will need a locksmith to install the locks for you. These are all the requirements that are needed when you use a prototype access control system. This can translate into a much higher bill at the end of the day. With the WIFI door lock, all you need to do is have a locksmith install the lock on your door, download the app to your phone and you are done. With the WIFI door lock, you can track who unlocks and locks the locks by date and time and even provide temporary codes to temporary contractors working in your building.

Mile High Locksmith sells and installs WIFI door locks, also known as remote locks, from LockState. With our convenient stores in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Loveland, we can easily come to your location and install the WIFI door locks for you on your home or business. For more information you can give us a call at 720-248-8087 or send an email to milehighlocksmith@gmail.com. We provide free on-site estimates, no service call or any other fees will apply until the work is done.

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Cost to rekey locks locksmith

House locksmith
Rekeying locks

Rekeying your locks, most of the time, will cost about the same as buying new locks.

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.

Average cost to rekey a house

Most of the time, house locks are very easy to rekey.

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.