Rekey locks vs Changing your locks

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So you’re thinking of calling a locksmith to fix your locks. Do you want to rekey locks or change your locks? This is a question we frequently answer when setting up an appointment. There is a difference between a lock rekey and replacing your door locks. You may be surprised to the learn that the cost to rekey locks is cheaper too.

Should you rekey or change your locks?

Do you know who has keys to your home or office building? Probably more people than you think. These are a few situations where you should rekey your locks:

  • Whenever a key has been lost
  • Whenever a key has been stolen
  • If you have moved recently into a new home or office space
  • If there’s been a staffing change in your organization
  • If a house member or roommate has moved out

The main difference between a lock rekey and changing your locks is that rekeying locks fixes your existing hardware and changing your locks means you want to replace your hardware.

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What is a lock rekey?

A lock rekey is when a locksmith changes the pins in the lock itself so that the previous keys won’t operate it. It is usually cheaper to rekey the existing door hardware than to completely replace it. A lock rekey is great if you already like your current door knob and want a cost effective safety solution. Rekeying your hardware is a simple way to keep your home and work place safe and secure.

A full service locksmith shop like Harry’s Locksmith will have the knowledge and expertise to rekey homes, office buildings, car doors, and vaults and safes. The best locksmith will offer these services.

How much does it cost to rekey locks?

When we provide a quote to rekey locks, there are three main factors we take into account: location, number of locks, and number of keys. The cost to rekey locks is generally as follows:

  1. Location. Our service area fees start at $49 in the Downtown Vancouver area.
  2. Number of locks. It’s approximately $15-20 per lock cylinder that we rekey. Most residential locks are $15 per lock. Some high security commercial locks like Medeco locks are $20.
  3. Keys. Standard residential keys are approximately $2.75.

In what circumstance do you need to change the locks?

There are a few reasons why you might want to replace your locks. For example, if you have had a break in or intruder recently and the locks were damaged, you want to replace the locks.  Another good reason to change your locks is worn out hardware or if you want to upgrade to a better security system. If you want a door knob replacement or a more secure deadbolt, then replacing your locks may be the best option. There are numerous benefits from transitioning to keyless entry or other alternative entry options. 

The cost to change locks and replace the hardware depends on the door you have and what features you want. If you are looking to change the locks on your home, a mechanical deadbolt and knob start at about $26-65 each. The price for new residential door hardware has a wide range. The price depends on the level of security you want, the finish, and style.

How much do locksmiths charge to change locks?

If you’re looking to upgrade your door hardware to digital locks or keyless entry, there’s even more options! Prices start at about $110 and go up for a keyless entry lock. The cost to replace locks will include the cost of the hardware itself (unless the customer provides it), labor to install (usually at an hourly rate), and a service call fee based on the area that the locksmith assists you at.

A house rekey or changing your door hardware doesn’t have to be expensive. Give us a call today for a free estimate and our team will help guide you through the process and help you pick out the best option for your home or business.

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