Usually, you only think of a locksmith in an emergency, like when you’re locked out of your car or lost your keys. There are other reasons to use your local locksmith to feel safe at home.
We all want a feeling of security in our homes. Good locks on our doors is a good start to that security, but what about the keys to those locks? Do you know who has copies? Here are a couple of good reasons to think about re-keying they locks in your home.
When you buy a newly constructed house, you will want to re-key your locks to feel safe and secure. Think about how many individuals have come in and out of the house while the building was going on; suppliers, realtors, salespersons, building inspectors, and so on. All these people had access to the keys to your house and still might.
Remodeling and Re-keying
When you do a remodeling job, you also have a lot of individuals in and out of the house. Giving the contractor a key is a lot more efficient than having to be there to let the crew in when you’re supposed to be at work. Trusting your contractor is one thing, but who else is in and out of the house and has access to your keys?
Buying a Home
Did you purchase a home someone else lived in before you? Most of us have. Who had keys to the house when the previous owners lived there? Did they share a house key with family members, a neighbor or a good friend or the house cleaners? There’s no way to know how many people they shared those keys with.
Wouldn’t you feel safer knowing you have the only keys?
Where are Your Keys?
A big security reason to re-key or alter your locks is if you have lost your keys. There’s a sinking feeling of dread we all get when we discover our keys gone. Did you just drop them or did someone benefits from you leaving them lying around and pick them up? Were they intentionally taken?
Even if you find your keys the next day, how do you understand they weren’t copied? It’s not easy to feel safe about your home when you don’t know who has the keys and can get in any time whether you’re home or not.
How Many Keys?
Do all your doors use the same keys? Do you need to use a different key for the garage than the front door? Do you always have to run inside for the key to the shed or do you just give up and carry all the keys on one keying? Re-keying all your doors to the same lock is a simple job your locksmith can do for you. Having just one key to all the doors can simplify your life. Now you only have to keep track of one key, and you know where all the copies of it are.
Re-key or Change?
Changing the locks means removing the existing hardware and replacing it. This can be a big job, and it gets expensive changing out all the hardware. If you only have builder grade door handles and locks, it might be worth the time and expense.
Re-keying changes only the locking part of the hardware. It’s a simple job for a locksmith to do. Once done, you have the only set of keys that will open your doors.