Stupid Q - Installing new doorknob before listing....

stretchadJanuary 28, 2009

Trying to get my house ready for listing at the end of February. The current front door knob is worn out, finish is gone, etc. A shiny new brass knob and bolt would look great.

If I have a door knob to the garage that uses the same key as the front door, would I need to replace BOTH door knobs and locks and key both to match a new key? Or, can I install a new one on the front door, and key it to match the garage door key?

Hopefully that makes sense. Thanks!!

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steve_o

If you buy the same brand and they're not that many years apart in age, it should be possible to rekey to the same key. In fact, I've even seen kits in hardware stores that let you do it yourself.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2009 at 8:39PM
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graywings123

For the time the house is on the market, why not just use two different keys? The new owners will want to rekey the locks when they take possession.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 8:10AM
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chrisk327

I would agree with Gray, first weekend I had my house we rekeyed the locks. 1) to make them the same, 2) to lockout all the extra keys that were floating around.

And yes you can get them keyed the same. I'm not sure what they need. I think maybe just the new lock and old key.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 12:56PM
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kwajkid

I have a related question -- our front door has a separate lock and door handle. We replaced the lock a couple years ago with a keyless model and now the the door handle part needs to be replaced. Where can you buy just a door handle?? I don't want to pay extra $$ for the lock when i don't need it.

    Bookmark   February 11, 2009 at 10:56PM
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brickeyee

"Where can you buy just a door handle?? I don't want to pay extra $$ for the lock when i don't need it."

Its called a passage set and is normally only used on interior doors.
They are rarely good enough for use in an exterior door and exposure to the weather.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2009 at 4:33PM
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