The importance of rekeying your new home comes down to a few aspects. Here is the scenario, which is probably a very common thing in the home buying process. For the seller, getting the home ready to sell can be a daunting process. You basically have to set your life aside and stage the house to make it seem pleasant for any potential buyers. This process will usually consist of taking down pictures, moving furniture, cleaning up the clutter if any, making the rooms look as large as possible, and just giving the house an overall inviting appearance. In this process, it usually means painting, last minute repairs or upgrades, etc. these things are usually done by a contractor. This contractor has to be able to access the house somehow. Whether it is with a key or while the homeowner is home depends on of course the timing and if there is a stay at home parent or responsible party. In the normal world, most of us have to work so we would depend on the contractor to potentially access the home on their own.the importance of rekeying your house
Now, for the buyer. Everything at the home looks well maintained and well kept due to the work the homeowner did prior to the sale. Some real estate agents will even recommend the rekey process to be preformed. Sometimes though, the process is not brought up or is just forgotten due to the many things involved with the buying and moving process. Also, something very common to support my case is a lot of homes in today’s time are bought from the bank due to a short sale, auction, etc. Did that previous owner hold onto a set of keys? So, once again this upkeep is then again pushed onto the contractors to get the home back up to selling or occupation standards.
Where I’m going with this is the multiple access to your home by many people. Who has a key to your home besides you. It’s very possible the previous owner had a hidden key in the yard, has given a copy to the neighbours, etc. Now to bring in the fact that most these contractors along the process may have a key as well. I think you can see where I’m going with this.
So back to the original point. Rekeying your home is crucial. This can be done a couple of different ways. The simplest way is just getting a good locksmith to come over and provide the service for you. For the handy individuals, it can be done by buying a kit that can cost up to $100 in some cases. And the third option would be just to replace the locks yourself with new locks. Being a locksmith myself, I’ve got to promote the first option, but here is why. The expenses involved with using the locksmith method will usually be cheaper than buying new locks and the locksmith will come do all the work for you so you can contrite on getting your house set up. And secondly, the locksmith can sometimes offer a good assessment of the locks and other security items at the house a give you tips on how to protect the house, your family, and your belongings.
Now to the second method, the DIY kit to rekeying your own locks. It does take some time and patience. It’s not for the person that doesn’t like small parts. Upon disassembly of the locks, pin and springs can fall out or be shot across the room very easily. If one piece is inserted incorrectly, the lock will not work, or the key will get stuck in the lock. So once again, it is better to just let an experienced locksmith handle the task.
And the third method. Replacing the locks can be the most expensive option. Just going to hardware store will usually be the easiest way to get the locks and even some free advice from the reps at the store. Depending on the locks you are choosing, the bill can easily reach the $200-300 mark to buy good locks for the entire home. It’s not just the front door. Most houses contain at least 3 to 8 locks including deadbolts. Then, to find out that these locks may not even be keyed the same, your back to square one. There are even locks available that are self rekeyed very easily within about 30 seconds.
If you are calling around to get an estimate, just remember that where you live and overall geographic location will greatly change these costs. The key to finding the best cost/complete cost is to ask a lot of questions. Ask about trip costs, per door charges, per lock charges, extra hardware costs if any, or any extra labor costs. Make sure to get a written invoice before work is started. If the locksmith is reputable, they will be able to quote an exact cost to you as long as you’ve told them how many locks are involved and sometimes what type of locks you have. One key thing, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is. If you notice a huge difference in cost once the locksmith gets to your home, decline the service and call another locksmith. There are good honest locksmiths out there, but there are even more dishonest ones. Finding a good locksmith and keeping their contact info is key to having a good secure home and someone you can turn to if something happens down the road.