Replacing Locks for Newbie : Locksmith


Hey All,

I’m wanting to install some new Schlage locks for my home to replace older Kwikset deadbolts. The Kwikset came with the home so I’m making my mark now.

I’m running into an issue with the strike plate and door jammer – they are much smaller than what is currently on the door. Conversely, the deadbolt itself is just a tad bigger on the new Schlage. Could a locksmith help me with this or would they refer me to a handyman? Or am I SOL with Kwikset/have to buy new doors (which I’ll do eventually lol).

Any guidance is appreciated.



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Is this quote crazy for rekeying new home or am I just a newbie who doesn’t know any better? : Locksmith


Hello lock experts! First time homeowner and just closed on our home on Monday. I had a locksmith come out today and they quoted us nearly $900 to rekey the entire home! Yikes! I researched the average cost of rekeying a home before he arrived, and was expecting a number in the $200-$300 range, but maybe I drastically miscalculated?!

Here’s the breakdown of the job:

4 Kwikset deadbolts (one sided) – 1 Kwikset deadbolt (double sided) – 1 Schlage deadbolt (locksmith was going to replace with a new Kwikset so every door could be opened with the same Kwikset key). Time 2hrs (but he was charging me for 1hr because he was 5.5hrs late). Home is in CT.

The locksmith seemed like a super nice guy, but… $900?!

If that is normal, and I’m just having a bit of sticker shock, perhaps there is a better way to go about getting all these doors to have the same, but new key?

Thank you so much in advance for any and all advice!

(Edit: Gor my hours wrong and adding my location)



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