Changing the locks to your home is a smart idea for a number of reasons. Whether you’re moving into a new house or apartment, renovating, renting, leasing or simply haven’t updated your locks in many years, doing so will give you enhanced security and peace of mind. Even if you haven’t had a break in or worry about crime in your area, new locks are a sure way to avoid issues in the future.
Rather than replacing your entire lock with a new one, re-keying means you alter it by changing its tumbler or wafer configuration so that a different key will operate it. Your old keys will no longer work. It’s relatively easy and inexpensive to have done by your local Denver locksmith.
Without re-keying your doors, anyone with copies of your key has access to your place. Obviously, this is great if you know and trust the complete history and list of key holders, but if not, it’s risky.
If you live in an apartment, townhouse or condo, for instance, do you know all the past tenants who may have copies of the same keys? If you live in a house, do you know who the previous owner may have given copies of the keys to? Are there people you’ve given copies of your keys to in the past (exes, sub-contractors, realtors) who you would not want to have access to your place anymore? Time to re-key your locks.
Renting vs. Owning Re-Keying Options
If you rent a home of any sort, the manager or landlord is responsible for changing the locks before a new tenant moves in. Make sure to check with them before re-keying the lock yourself, as they may have cosmetic requirements or concerns, as well as a clause in your lease about making such changes.
Many communities also keep spare keys in their office for maintenance crews and in case of emergencies. Check with them to confirm who else needs access and is affected.
If you own a home, your options are wide open. Try a new deadbolt or mortise lock on your front and exterior doors. Be aware that different lock types require different installations and hole sizes, affecting the look of the door. Don’t forget the exterior and interior garage doors, as they are important entry and exit points.
Denver’s Best Re-Key and Replacement Service
Whether you rent or own, and especially if you are buying a new home, re-keying or replacing your door locks is very important for your safety, security and privacy. It is well worth the cost and can be quite affordable.
Our local Denver locksmith experts are bonded and we hold a Better Business Bureau’s Gold Star certification. For over 16 years, we’ve served the Denver Metro area’s security and safety needs. Call us today to set up an appointment: 303-617-3717