Open Accessibility Menu
Your health and safety are our highest priority during this time. Click here for our precautionary measures.
Couple holding keys up

Why You Should Replace The Locks In Your Newly Purchased Home

Q:  We recently purchased a home and worry that the prior owner may have given a key to a friend or neighbor.  Do you suggest we re-core all the locks or replace them outright?

A:  Happy New Year and congratulations on the new home.  Re-coring and replacing effectively accomplish the same thing with regard to preventing anyone with an ‘old’ key from from entering the home.

If you replace your entry door hardware, however, I suggest you explore the SmartKey technology from Kwikset and their sister brands.  With a special tool inserted, you can ‘change’ the key that works in your lock, allowing you control of future changes should you or a child lose a house key, or if other circumstances cause you to need to change the locks.  For example, if you give a service provider a key during a project, or a neighbor while you were on vacation, and now want to ‘change’ the lock to a key only you have.