If you have had a lock change previously, you know how it worked. In fact, lock changes are only allowed in some very specific circumstances. The most important thing that goes through your mind when you have to deal with a lock change is what are the requirements of the new place to get your lock changed in? You will find out pretty soon that all places are different. So this means that you will also need to be aware of all the different requirements that you need to meet before you can lock your keys in the car, house or office.
In all cases, a lock change will only take place when presenting valid proof of ownership for the old house, car or office. This rule applies to all places, be it commercial or residential. Your lock change technician won’t comply with your request if you just order a lock change and you are unable and prepared to present proof of ownership, identity proof or your lock professional will not obey your request. Even if there is a new door lock installed, changing the combination may be impossible due to the fact that the new door lock cannot override the previous one. In other words, the new door lock cannot have the key that can be used to open the old one.
This is why the lock changes and key fitting are completely different. When you have acquired new keys and you have locked yourself out of the house, the most common solution is to either call a locksmith to get the problem solved or to try out the new keys. Some people try to do both at once. This can lead to serious problems if done by mistake as some of the clients we have serviced have reported losing their keys and having to enter the house again until they found the lost keys.
On the other hand, some people do not want to risk being locked out of their homes and choose to carry out a lock change and relying instead. Changing and rekeying locks is not a very difficult process. Actually, it can be done in less than an hour and does not require any special tools or equipment. Lock changing companies will send their technicians to your house, and they will fit your existing locks with new keys. You will then be given a new key, which you will need to put in the lock of your door.
If you want to save some money, you can always change your own locks. Even if you have received a lock change and renewed your door before, it is wise to show proof to the company. It is important for companies to see evidence that you were able to change your locks. This way, they will be able to charge you according to a flat fee that is quoted for lock changes done in a specific period of time. Showing proof can also reduce the possibility of having your home’s locks compromised because they cannot simply lock you out any time you want.
If you do not have the cash to spare for a new lock, there are also companies that offer to replace your existing deadbolt locks with new ones. However, before you contact them, make sure that you have received a notice from your previous landlord that states that your apartment has been given a new lock and you have failed to pay the rent on time. Many landlords also issue a fine to tenants who are late with the payments. So, if you are one of those unfortunate ones, make sure that you contact your landlord and pay up before they send the locksmiths to your place to replace your deadbolt locks.