Changing the locks and getting replacement keys is something that many people never think about. Of course if you live in an apartment building, this isn’t a decision that you can make on your own; you will have to notify the landlord and give them a copy of the new keys. On most occasions you are getting new locks it would be on your own home. So just when should you do this? First of all, when you first purchase your home, if you are not the first owner of the house, you should change the locks. There is no way to know just how many keys to your new house are out there. The previous owners could have given out keys to many different people, and you don’t know who they are or how honest they are, so it is best to play it safe and change all the locks for outside doors to your home, as well as any locks on the garage. It is much better to be safe than sorry. Another reason to change the locks and get replacement keys is in the case of lost or missing keys, or keys that have been given to people who you no longer trust or want to have access to your home. It is best to be careful with your keys and hand out as few as possible to other people so that you won’t have to deal with this situation, but sometimes it does come up, and in order to be and feel safe it is better to get new locks.
Sometimes you might want to get new locks with replacement keys just to make things more convenient. Some homes have three or four or more locks, all with different keys. This really doesn’t make sense since it is possible to get your locks all keyed to work with the same key. It is much easier to just have to deal with one key late at night, so you might as well make all your locks the same. If you want to make your home more secure, you could get different locks that are harder to get past as well. Some locks are much easier to pick than others. You could even go for locks that operate based on a code (which you can change easily yourself should the need arise), or that work based on fingerprints. Then you wouldn’t even need to worry about getting replacement keys, and it would be easy to control who can and cannot enter the house, and to change people’s ability to access your house when needed. Whatever you do, you should always make sure to use a reliable locksmith who knows what they are doing. They can advise you on the best type of locks for your situation, and make sure that they are installed properly. You also want to make sure you have good quality doors, since there is no point putting an expensive, high quality lock in a door that is easily broken.