Many people are hesitant to call a locksmith when it is time for them to replace their locks. Many people prefer to go down to the local hardware store and pick up a new lock that looks like it will fit on their door and then install it themselves. But there are some pretty compelling reasons not to do that and to use the locksmith service instead. We are going to look at the real cost of lock replacement with both locksmiths and DIY locks and compare them to see which one you should be using.
The first thing that you should understand is that when you buy a lock from the hardware store, you really have no guarantee that it will fit into your door. Most of the time, the holes that are drilled into doors for deadbolts or doorknobs are pretty standard, but not always, and you would be surprised how often you find a door that doesn’t fit any of the locks that you can buy from your local department or hardware store. But locksmiths not only have a few different sizes available to them, they also have the ability to re-drill the door when necessary, or tools that will make the lock fit onto the door properly.
You should also know that locksmiths have very different locks than the ones that you will find at the hardware store. They will be high-quality locks for one thing, which means that you are going to have to pay more for them, but it also means that your locks are going to be much more secure than the ones that you would find on store shelves. They are going to be more difficult to pick, and may have enhanced security features like barriers to prevent using a credit card to depress the tongue and pop the lock.
In addition, when you buy an off-the-shelf lock, there is a chance that someone is going to have a very similar key as you. Although lock companies generally make every effort to ensure that their products are not distributed to densely that multiple people in the same area have the same keys, it does happen, and your chances of that with a locksmith is much smaller because of where they get their locks and the wider variety that they have to choose from.
So, the bottom line here is that while it might be cheaper to go out and get the locks from your local hardware store, you are missing out on a lot of the advantages that locksmiths bring the table. They have a huge variety of locks so that you can pick something that fits exactly what you want, and some of those locks are extremely high-security locks that will stand up to a lot more than any off-the-shelf lock you can get. In addition, locksmiths are able to install the locks properly, even if you have a door that makes a new lock hard to fit.