Having your lock rekeyed involves a locksmith replacing the pins in the lock cylinder. The hardware is the same and the outside appearance of your lock isn’t altered.
By rekeying your locks it also allows your locksmith to examine the condition of the locks. With some minor maintenance your lock can be functioning just as well as a brand new lock and key.
Rekeying is generally a cheaper alternative to completely replacing your locks.
Rekeying can also be used if you have multiple locks around the house that are the same brand and keyhole. Having all of the locks in your house rekeyed to the same key offers you security and convenience.
Replacing the locks
Replacing the locks involves installing entirely new hardware. It’s a great option if you’re wanting to update the design of your place and the hardware used. Want to replace all the door knobs of your property with lever handles for aesthetics and ease? Replacing is the way to go for you. The addition of brand new locks with the installation involved generally makes this a more expensive option than rekeying.
If damage has been done to your existing locks you will likely need to replace the locks rather than have them rekeyed. If you’re wanting to move into setting up your property with an electronic locking system we strongly recommend consulting with a professional locksmith.
Please contact our friendly staff if you would like assistance with re-keying or replacing your locks.
Key changes for Body/Owner Corporate
If you are an owner or tenant of a body corporate residence you will need to have approval from them to make any lock changes. As these properties are governed residencies final authorisation rests with them for the duplication and replacement of keys.
You may need to have a discussion with your owner/body corp regarding the cost and options between rekeying vs. replacing locks with your body corporate.