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Re: Cheapest way to change locks - Landlord Forum thread 152387

Re: Cheapest way to change locks by Anonymous on March 4, 2008 @14:01

I just rotate the locks between units. Since my units are spaced out all over town, a lock that was used on the west side last year gets reused on the north or east side this year. Have a few extra to spare in case a set gets broken, or several people move out at once.

You don't need to hire anyone to do this. As long as you keep buying the same brand of lock, you don't even have to change out all the parts. With a lock of the same brand, you only have to remove the 2 screws beside the handle, pull the 2 handles out, insert the new handles and replace the screws. No need to even take the rest out since the handle has the lock. The same with the deadbolt. Just pick one brand of lock and keep buying that brand. Anyone can change the lock out in under 15 minutes. (All you need is a Phillips screwdriver.)

You really need to learn how to do this type of simple maintenance yourself. If you have to hire out every little task like this, you will never make money in this business.

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