Reasons for Rekeying Your Locks
There are many reasons one may want to rekey their locks. Some of the more common reasons for a rekey include moving into a property, divorce, change of renters. If you recently purchased a home (new or used) you should rekey your locks before you even move in. For new homes you will find that the contractor and maybe even subcontractors have had the keys and could have made copies without you knowing. If you are purchasing a prior owned home, the owner could have copies of the keys and may have given keys to relatives, friends and even your new neighbors. The only way to be sure your new home is secure is to have all locks rekeyed as soon as possible.
Price to Rekey
The price to rekey a location depends on a few factors. First, the type of locks being rekeyed. Most standard residential locks only require a minimum rekey charge, but there are exceptions for some types of locks. Many commercial locations have exit devices, restricted keyways and other devices that may demand a higher rekey charge. In most cases it is only a few dollars more per lock for these devices. A rekey is a very economical way to restrict access to a location that may have keys in the wrong hands.
What Needs Rekeyed?
In most cases it is best to rekey all locks, but sometimes when a location is masterkeyed only a few need to be done. If you plan to rekey all your locks, you can calculate how many need rekeyed by counting the number of places a key can be inserted into a lock which is a cylinder. Most locks only have one cylinder, but there are exceptions. A double cylinder deadbolt which are fairly common in the United States has a cylinder on the inside and the outside of the door. These locks are common on doors that are next to glass windows. If someone were to break the window, they would not be able to open the door without a key. There are drawbacks to this type of lock. If you house catches fire - how do you get out? If you don't have a key handy it will be a lot harder to exit your home in the event of a fire. We do not suggest the use of double cylinder deadbolts, but we will rekey them if requested.
Can It Be Keyed to One Key?
If your locks currently work on one key, it will not be a problem rekeying and making them all work on one key. If you have more than one key to operate different locks it is possible that some of the locks will need replaced in order to make your entire property work of a single key. This all depends on the locks you have on your location and the type of keyway the locks have.
Do Not Duplicate keys
The words "Do Not Duplicate" on your key means very little. Many places will duplicate a key that states do not duplicate. If you request a key that says do not duplicate, how do you get copies of the keys made when the time comes that you need more keys? Here at Choice City Locksmith, we do not duplicate keys that say do not duplicate without written authorization from the building owner or manager, but many places will do it without question. If you do not want your keys duplicated there are ways to control who has keys and who can get them duplicated. If this is something that interests you, look into our restricted keyway systems.