If you don’t know the house’s history.
This one doesn’t need much explanation. If you don’t know with certainty that there are no keys to your home floating around out there you ned to get your home re-keyed ASAP! Better safe than sorry. Enough said!
When you buy a new home.
It is very important to rekey your new home.
This catches many people by surprise. They assume that they are the only ones to have access to the new house with the new keys. Just think of all the contractors (dozens) that have had access to your new home, the real estate agent, etc.
Here’s a tip: Don’t just re-key your doors. You should also changes the garage door opener codes. New garage door openers have a factory default code set in them. Has yours been changed?
Some new homes have very high end door locking hardware that can't be re-keyed by the layman. The services of a locksmith are required in this instance.
It is better to be safe, and have all your new door locks re-keyed. Find a local reputable locksmith - Like Michael’s Keys if you live in the Dallas / Fort Worth area - to do the job quickly and professionally.
When you purchase a pre-owned home.
Sure, keys get returned when houses are sold, but, how do you know you got them all turned in? Just think of all the possible hands that could have had keys to the home in the past.
Re-keying is the best solution since you never know who else still has a key. It could be a neighbor, the former owner’s friend, their relative or even an “ex” of the seller still may be in possession of a key. You just never know.
Re-Keying is your quickest way to secure your house.
Also, don't forget to change the padlock on the backyard gate. If someone gets access to your backyard they can come in through the patio doors.
If you have a pool, just remember that the former occupants may have employed a pool cleaning company and they will have access to your padlocked gate.
If you are legally separated or divorced.
This should be your first order of business, if you are separated or divorced. In many cases, your former partner will feel that they are equally free to enter your home. This can cause a lot of insecurity, fear, and frustration.
When things turn up missing you feel violated, so give yourself some peace of mind by re-keying your home as soon as possible.
This kind of thing happens all the time. Prevent it by calling your locksmith today.
If you have a restraining order taken out on someone.
If you are trying to evade a stalking situation or an abusive one, please get your doors re-keyed. If you have co-habited with this person you should fix the locks immediately.
If you are not sure if this person or a friend of this person could have access to your home using a house key, you should strongly consider getting the locks re-keyed. Better safe than sorry.
If you have rental property or are a landlord.
Every time occupancy changes, the locks should be rekeyed. This is not only a safety issue but a liability issue as well.
If you rent or lease a new apartment or house.
Make sure that the landlord has re-keyed the locks. In fact, you should insist on this before you sign any papers. Then get some proof that the re-key was done.
If you buy a “brick and mortar” storefront.
Be sure that you get the locks changed before you start business. You don’t want to deal with missing inventory, especially in the beginning phases of your business.
If you have employees.
There will be times when employees are unhappy when they leave the company. Not every disgruntled ex employee will try to do your business harm, by why take the chance. It is just good business to change the locks - or re-key them.