There are several reasons why you might need a lock installed. You may need to change the lock because someone you don’t want to have access to your home or office still has a key or perhaps the lock is just wearing out. In some cases, you might even need a locksmith to install a lock because you have lost the key and it is easier to get a new lock that comes with a key than to take the chance that someone might find your key and be able to use it in your lock because of some identifying mark on your keychain.
You might even need a lock installed because you just had a brand new door put in that didn’t’ come with a lock. Whatever the reason, a locksmith can definitely help you with lock installation, but in order to feel comfortable with the process, you need to know what it involves.
The first thing that you will do is talk to the locksmith over the phone and make an appointment for them to come over and take a look at your locks. They will probably plan to install the new lock at the same time, but not always. Your locksmith will discuss with you the process of installing the lock and ask about your preferences when it comes to the type of lock that you want. One of the benefits to using a locksmith is that they have a number of high-quality locks available.
Once you have hashed out the details and discussed the price, the locksmith will come over and prepare your door for the lock installation. If the holes that are drilled into the door are standard lock size then he or she may be able to install a new lock rather quickly. If the holes are too large or too small for standard locks, your locksmith will either have to find a lock that fits or re-drill the door so that the locks fit properly. The last thing that you want to do is have locks that aren’t properly fitted into the holes in your doors because that is just an invitation to thieves and home invaders.
Once you have chosen a lock and your locksmith has prepared your door for the new installation, he or she will go to work. This is a really good opportunity to have all of your locks replaced if you want. If you are concerned about security, and are putting in new locks to increase the safety of your home, installing all new locks is a good idea. If so, then you will probably be able to get a discount on the other locks that you are going to have replaced.
Finally, your locksmith will finish up and test your locks exhaustively to make sure that the keys work and that the locks are securely installed. Then, you will have to decide if you want any extra keys. Generally, a new lock will come with one or two keys, but you may want to have a few more made.