Whether you’re a new homeowner or have lived in your house for a while, your keys represent ownership of the property as well as security for your loved ones and your possessions. Being handed the keys to a new home is a big moment that signals the completion of your real estate transaction. Putting those keys into the lock and turning the knob for the first time as the owner is a great feeling. Or, at least it should be.

For many new and current homeowners, however, keys may be a source of unease, either because of valid reasons to rekey their home or questions about whether they should.

You might consider rekeying your home if:

  1. You’ve just purchased your home or are a current homeowner and aren’t sure how many key copies may be floating around (or who has them)
  2. You’ve lost track of how many key copies have been made and who’s in possession of them
  3. You’ve been the victim of a crime and had personal belongings taken, such as keys, your identification, your purse or wallet
  4. You’ve misplaced or lost your keys, wallet, purse, or backpack
  5. You’ve had a relationship status change
  6. A family member or friend has lost their copy of your key
  7. You’ve changed roommates or home service providers (such as a house keeper, babysitter, dog walker, etc.) who had a key copy or access to your keys
  8. You need or want to have identical keys that work for multiple keyholes
  9. You want to make sure that your home does not have a universal lock or keyhole that can be opened with a master key
  10. You’d like for a contractor to examine the lock cylinder for damage or wear during the rekey process

For more helpful tips, visit the American Home Shield® Home Matters blog.