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Top Reasons to Call a Residential Locksmith in Portland

Updated: Mar 30

There are 3 major areas that locksmiths in Portland deal with - residential, commercial and automotive. While some companies specialize in one specific area, 24 Hour Lock and Key is a full-service Portland locksmith, meaning that we do work in all 3 areas - residential, light commercial and automotive.


In today's post, we want to take a look at some of the top reasons to call a locksmith in Portland for residential locksmith services. Whether you own an apartment, condo, house, duplex, small house or RV - our locksmiths are equipped to help you with any and all of your lock needs.


Locksmith Portland: Emergency Home or Apartment Lockouts



A common reason people reach out to an emergency locksmith in Portland is when they’re locked out of their apartment, home or office. This can be a stressful experience and has the potential to quickly ruin your day. The temptation to break a window, kick in the door or try and pick the lock yourself might be staring you straight in the face, but giving in to those methods can cause significant damage that will end up leaving you with more problems.

The good news is there’s a mobile locksmith a phone call away. Our mobile locksmiths in Portland are specially trained to unlock virtually anything quickly and efficiently so you can carry on with your day.


Our locksmiths in Portland are available during the day or night to help you if you are locked out of an apartment or house, and they are generally able to pick locks to open them, meaning you will not need to replace your locks. We are usually able to get one of our locksmiths in Portland to you in under 30 minutes, keeping you from experiencing long wait times while stuck outside.


If you’re wondering what documentation you need if you’re locked out of an apartment or house - all we need is a valid ID and documentation showing you are the owner or renter of the house. Often, customers are able to just show their ID, if they address is written on it as well. If the address on your ID is not current, you can also show rental or buyer contracts, official mail, or other forms of documentation.


Locksmith Portland: Residential Lock Repairs


Sometimes a lock that was fine one day, can malfunction the next due to normal wear and tear. It might be a little loose, become difficult to turn or you may not even be able to insert your key. If this is happening, you will probably need to repair the lock. In some cases, a lock replacement may be needed rather than a repair.


Our locksmiths in Portland have the professional tools and knowledge to repair or replace almost any lock back to working order and can consult with you on options, style and security to help you find the best solution.


If you are unsure whether your home lock needs to be repaired or replaced, our locksmiths in Portland are available to come give an estimate based on the current state of the lock. You might also find your answer in our post explaining the difference between rekeying and replacing locks.


Locksmith Portland: Residential Lock Replacements

If our locksmith determines that your lock has been damaged in a way that is not safely repairable, we can help you choose which new lock will work best with your home, door and current set-up. Our mobile locksmiths in Portland carry significant lock supplies with them, so they are able to offer you numerous lock options while at your residence, saving you time and money.


We work with virtually all kinds of locks, including Best, Kwickset, Schlage, Balwin and Yale. If you want to specialty order a lock for your residence, our technicians can help you select which locks will meet your preferences in terms of safety and aesthetics.


Locksmith Portland: Rekey Locks


There are numerous reasons why you may want to rekey your home or apartment locks.


Moving into a new house or apartment

Moving into a new place is one of the most common reason people call a locksmith in Portland. When your locks work well and you just need them to work with a new key, we can rekey the locks, leaving the same locks but ensuring that they work to a new key. This service gives you peace of mind and ensures any previous tenants or owners no longer have access to your home or building.


Lost Keys

Losing your keys causes a lot of stress in the moment, especially when you’re locked out of your home. We’ve already talked about calling a locksmith in Portland to get you back inside after a lockout, but what happens if the wrong person finds your lost keys? Our mobile locksmiths can rekey your locks on the spot and your old keys will no longer work.


No matter what the reason, our locksmiths in Portland are able to rekey virtually every kind of lock, ensuring that you have new keys and that your old keys no longer work to open the lock.


For complexes, we also rekey all kinds of master key systems.


Locksmith Portland: Improve Home Security

Many people are concerned with the security of their home or apartment. Whether you’ve had a break-in or simply want more security, our professional locksmiths in Portland can ease your concern with a few options.


We can install deadbolts, a keyless entry system or an electronic keypad lock. If you already have an electronic keypad and need to re-code it, our technicians can do that as well.


We will always be upfront with you - a trained professional can break into any kind of lock with enough time. However, our goal is to equip you with lock systems that require intruders to take significantly more time and make more noise to open, lowering the odds of theft.


Taking even the most basic of precautions can help deter thieves and vandals, and our goal is to help you choose the best and more secure lock systems for your home.


Locksmith Portland: About 24 Hour Lock and Key


At 24 Hour Lock and Key, our locksmiths in Portland frequently perform all of these services and can walk you through the process for your individual project.

If you would like to know more about our locksmith Portland qualifications, visit our about page to see info on our licenses and accreditations. We are a family-run business that has operated as a locksmith service in Portland OR since 2018. We also have Salem locksmiths and locksmiths in southern Washington, including Vancouver locksmiths, Camas locksmiths and Battleground locksmiths.


If you're interested in what services we provide for our automotive and commercial customers, check out 5 Reasons to Call an Automotive Locksmith and 5 Reasons to Call a Commercial Locksmith.

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