Installing a new door knob - question!

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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Stay with the same brand. Take the key with you when you buy the new door knob, and they can change the lock to match the key.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2009 at 10:05PM
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The existing key cylinder can probably be put into the new lock set if you stay with the same brand.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 8:31AM
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I've bought 4 homes and each of them has had a different key for the front and back doors. I wouldn't even bother rekeying the new lock.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 8:31AM
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Home Depot and Lowes will rekey for a very small charge if you buy from them.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 8:44AM
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A locksmith will re-key an actual lock cylinder, new or old, to any compatible existing or new key. I love having matching locks, but whether it's worth doing to a house you're selling is, indeed a questionable proposition though unless you'd prefer it that way.

I had my locks in my house re-keyed the same, but different if you know what I mean, you don't know how many old keys to your house are out there.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2009 at 2:50PM
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