It may sound fancy or useless to change the door locks when you are moving into an apartment, but replacing the locks is the first step you must undertake to ensure security. Lock replacement can be expensive, especially when you are installing advanced security systems to take care of your residence, but it is like paying a one-time premium for the lifelong security of your residence.
Understanding the difference between rekeying and lock replacements
Upgrading your security system can be done by two basic methods- rekeying and replacing the locks. Both the ways are quite effective, and you can be sure that the old keys would no longer be of any help.
The most tried and tested method to ensure the security of your residence is to change the locks. You can install a lock all by yourself, as many locks have quite simple features, and are available with DIY hardware kits and installation guide. Many locks, though, have complicated designs and may require professional installation. Expect to invest 80-200 dollars per lock, depending on the quality variations.
The new-age home-owners are now opting for a cheaper alternative to lock replacement, called ‘re-keying’. The springs and pins of the locks are realigned to match with a new key for rekeying, and all you need to pay is a small amount of 15-25 dollars for the DIY kit (additional charges may include, locksmith’s fee).
When your apartment is under construction, the apartment keys are accessed by several people including the site supervisors, property agents, sub-contractors, and inspectors. As a home-owner, you would never want your house to be easily accessible to those people, so it is necessary to get the exit locks rekeyed.
Replacing the jammed or damaged locks
Like every other appliance, your lock wears out. Initially, you may experience the lock is slipping, but one day, it might stop working. If you have put the wrong key, it might damage the internal mechanism of the lock. Rekeying would not solve the issue, and you might need to replace the lock.
Replace the locks when your keys are stolen
If your keys are missing or stolen they can be accessed by some anti-social elements who might use the keys to harm you, your family members or your residence. Rekeying can be the best solution, but upgrading the security system, or at least, replacing the locks can give you peace of mind.
Single key convenience
Often you may be fumbling through a bunch of keys and spending a significant amount of time finding the right keys for your front or back exits. Locking and unlocking the keys is quite troublesome if there are several keys and you need to match the pair. The best solution is to keep a single key for all the exits. The best part of keeping a single key is that it is quite handy and convenient to use. If you are using the same brand’s lock, you can use the re-keying technique to have single-key convenience.
High-quality locks ensure better security
If you wish to keep your residence safe and secure, use high-quality locks with robust architecture. The new-age door locks are designed with advanced technology that simplifies and improves your property’s security. Use keyless locks that work on passcodes and change the passcode whenever you sense an imminent security threat. Also install security systems like security cameras so that you can check who’s at the door before you open it.
Technology has made our lives easier. You can get the best benefits by installing a high-quality electronic lock, but it is essential to install and handle it properly. An experienced locksmith can advise you on the type of lock you must buy for your residence, and can also help you to install it.