Hiring a locksmith to rekey or replace locks is one of the best ways to ensure your home is safe. Real estate agents often work directly with locksmiths to replace locks on an entire home prior to it’s selling date to ensure the new homeowners they are the only people with keys to the home. If you have never replaced or rekeyed the locks, it may be wise to consider doing this for extra security. Here are some things you need to know about rekeying and replacing locks.
When you rekey a lock, the locksmith will come and remove the pins and springs in the lock cylinder and then installs new springs and pins with a new key. Rekeying is one of the easiest methods to changing out the locks for new homeowners. Unless a lock is malfunctioning, locks are usually rekeyed and kept intact. Key control is common when you have rental units and multiple people that move-in and move-out of the property.
Building communities often use a string of single-mastered keyed locks. Following the completion of construction of the home, the locks need to be rekeyed before the owners can move in. Rekeying is needed to remove the master pins from being able to open the home, as these master pins are designed to have low security for builders to come in and out.
If you have dealt with problems with the lock, simply rekeying the lock may be the easiest way to fix it. However, a door handle that is clearly broken will need to be replaced. Most people do not mind rekeying because they do like the look and feel of the existing lock they have. When the locksmith is working on the lock, they may find that there are several problems that need to be addressed such as re lubricating the lock so it opens smoothly without catching.
Locks will eventually wear out and you will need to replace them. If you have an older home, consider replacing all the locks to make sure they are updated with modern security measures. Homeowners in a remodel often find lock replacement to be the best way to give the home a fresh look and feel. Hiring a locksmith to replace locks is the best way to make sure the locks and handles are installed correctly. Replacing multiple locks can be time-consuming for homeowners, especially if you haven’t dealt with it before. Many of the newer door handles have updated security protection, which can lead to problems if you do not have the right tools and expertise to install them.
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