If you recently purchased a new home or rented a new apartment, I'm sure it has crossed your mind that you would need to replace the locks.
If you're a business owner and provide keys to your employees to access the business you occasionally come across a situation where an employee quits or you have to fire an employee. Maybe the employee gave you the key back but you can never be sure that they didn't keep a copy for themselves. You assume the only option at that point is to change the locks.
There is however another alternative to replacing your home or business locks, it's called lock rekey. It could be quite costly to replace all the locks in your new home or your business. There is a cheaper and easier solution.
The process of rekeying a lock is when the internal pins of a lock's cylinder are reset to match up to a different key.
This new key is cut in a different shape then the existing key. Thereby the old key will not work once the lock cylinder has been rekeyed.
As an alternative to replacing perfectly working locks, you should consider just having the existing lock rekeyed.
It is a fairly simple process that can be done by any experienced locksmith technician.
Locksmiths charge a lot less money to rekey your existing locks as opposed to replacing the locks. The price would be cut by at least half because you would not have to pay for new locks.
So basically, the next time you find yourself in a situation where you need to change your locks, think about an alternative cheaper option like rekeying your existing locks.
Call your local locksmith company and have a technician come out and rekey your locks for a cheaper price than having them replaced.