What To Expect When You Get Your Locks Changed

Darn it! You’ve lost your keys. They’ve fallen out of your pocket on a night out, fallen down a drain, or been stolen from you while you were distracted. Maybe you’ve been burgled, or you moved to a new home and you want to make sure the house is safe. Either way, now you’re left with a problem –  because whoever found (or stole) those keys can get into your house. So what do you do? You call a locksmith to change your locks. It’s something you see happening a lot in TV and movies, but they always gloss over exactly what happens when you have your locks changed. So today, we’re going to give you an inside look at the process from start to finish.

Remove The Old Lock & Deadbolt

Once we’ve taken a look at the lock and agreed that it needs to be changed, the first thing we’ll do is remove the old one. This could be something as simple as unscrewing the assembly face plates, but if the lock is damaged or old then it may need to be drilled out. Once the face plate is out we can remove the deadbolt itself from the door. When we’ve done this, you’ll be left with a hole in your door that you can see all the way through.

Installing Your New Lock

Don’t worry, we won’t leave you with a hole in your door. From here we can install a new lock, first by installing the deadbolt and then attaching the faceplate and handle. As it’s your door you get to choose the type of lock and the finish we install. We’re always happy to recommend, especially if you’re changing the locks for security purposes, and each installation will be slightly different.

Once you have your new locks in, we can provide you with as many new keys as you need. Repeat for every door in your home. It’s a pretty quick process all in all, and by the time we’re done, your home will be safe and secure once more.

Why Have Your Locks Changed

There are a lot of reasons you might want to change your locks, ranging from very good circumstances to very bad. In general, though, there are 4 situations we recommend you have your locks replaced:

Moving to a new house: When you move to a new house, one of the first things you should do is change the locks. After all, you don’t know how many people have lived in the house before you, and unless you have the house purpose-built for you, there could be dozens of keys to your home floating around. Having the locks changed means you know exactly who can access your home, and gives you a great sense of security.

For insurance purposes: Many insurance companies will have stipulations around the level of security you have in your home, including your locks. If you do have a break-in and the insurance company decides your locks aren’t appropriate, then they could deny your claim. When you take out a new home insurance policy, check the fine print and make sure you have locks installed that meet their requirements.

Lost keys: If you’ve lost your keys, or they have been stolen, then you need to replace the locks as soon as possible to secure your home.

Current locks worn: Locks are moving mechanisms, and after years of use they can become worn or damaged. If this happens then they can eventually stop working, leading to a stuck door or a key breaking off in the lock. If you find your locks aren’t working they way they should, it might be time for an upgrade.

At My Locks replacing locks is our bread and butter. Whether it’s a routine change for couples moving house, or emergency replacements for break-ins or broken locks. If you have any questions about how we change locks, or if you aren’t sure your lock needs replacing, just get in touch with the team today and we’ll be happy to help.