Whether you are a homeowner or renter, BOB Locksmith is able to provide lock rekeying services for your property. Something we hear quite often is that when it comes to home security, your door lock is the first line of protection. But no one ever tells us when to update our locks, do they? Well, we are here to answer this question and clear the confusion. Whether you recently moved into a new home or have been there for many years, it may be time to get your locks rekeyed or changed by a professional locksmith. But what’s the distinction, and which path should you take? In this article, we will talk about the pros and cons of lock rekeying. If you would like to read about lock changing, please click here for further information. Rekeying is a quick and easy way to improve your existing locks. Rekeying may be the best solution if you already have locks that are in good condition meaning there are no signs of serious wear-and-tear and if the cylinder is not damaged. Some locksmiths may advise you to update your locks. However, you don’t have to jump to a serious lock upgrade if the current locks are in good condition. In many circumstances, you can simply rekey the locks, which involves modifying the old lock mechanism so that a new key activates it. So how does it all work? Well, simply put, a locksmith changes the tumblers and pins in a lock to create one that can be opened with a new key. The locksmith can also inspect the lock’s condition and apply lubricant to keep your lock in good working order. As well, rekeying is also a cheaper and effective alternative to upgrading your home security! When you choose to rekey your locks, the cost is mainly for labor rather than parts, making it less expensive than replacing the lock entirely. In the United States, rekeying typically costs between $20 and $50 on average, depending on the lock type. Before you decide that rekeying is the right service for you, we suggest to check whether you still have the original key. The locksmith can always pick your lock, however this may not always be the case, depending on lock security and compatibility. A great bonus to choosing rekeying, is that by rekeying every lock to the same key, you may reduce the number of keys on your keychain and remove confusion. To accomplish this, all of the locks in your property must be the same brand or have the same type of keyholes to be rekeyed. You can test this before calling a locksmith by inserting your keys into the locks you want rekeyed to see if they have the identical keyholes. If they fit perfectly, you’re officially read for a rekeying service! Scenarios that call for a future lock rekeying: 1) You’ve just moved in and want to make sure you’re the only one who has functional keys. You don’t know who else has a key to your door after moving into a new house. By having your doors rekeyed, you can ensure that only you and your family have access to your new house. 2) You misplaced a key and are concerned that someone may locate it and use it to get access to your home. 3) You are changing concierge services that have a copy of your house key, such as housekeepers, babysitters, or pet sitters. So, is rekeying right for you? If you said yes to any of the above options, then BOB Locksmith will be happy to lead you through the succeeding steps to get your home security right with a lock rekeying service. We hope to see you soon!