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Changing locks on a co-op unit.

Started by chelsea511
almost 10 years ago
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Member since: Aug 2012
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We are closing next week on our first co-op purchase on a resale unit in Brooklyn. This will be the first time we have not moved into new construction or a multi-unit rental in many years. We would like to change the locks once we close and waswondering do we just need to contact a locksmith or is that handled through the co-op? If not - can we choose any type of lock that we desire. This is a self managed / no super building. Any ballpark idea on what locks cost to change?
Response by Aaron2
almost 10 years ago
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Member since: Mar 2012

You can have a locksmith change them to pretty much whatever you want, given any limitations imposed by the door configuration, or house rules about how door locks should look/work. Prices will vary significantly depending on what type of lock you put in (higher security keys = more money), and which locks: are you doing the deadbolt that is mortised into the door, or is this a surface mounted deadbolt, or both? Figure $300-500 all in.

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Response by alanhart
almost 10 years ago
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Member since: Feb 2007

If you're even slightly handy, you can save a lot of money by not having a locksmith come to you:
http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Change-Your-Locks

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Response by Flutistic
almost 10 years ago
Posts: 516
Member since: Apr 2007

We recently learned that when you "change the locks" or "rekey the locks" that might mean that anyone with a master key can still use it to access your apartment. What our locksmith did instead was "change the cylinder."

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Response by alanhart
almost 10 years ago
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Changing the cylinder is exactly what I did when I moved in. Five dollars plus five minutes with a screwdriver plus a couple of sidecars.

Use a solid screwdriver so you're not mixing vodka with brandy.

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Response by chelsea511
almost 10 years ago
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Member since: Aug 2012

Thanks everyone for your help!

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Response by chelsea511
over 9 years ago
Posts: 43
Member since: Aug 2012

Any opinions on the best type of deadlock? We are looking at some of the more basic units (Kwikset) vs Medeco.

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