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Find out how much a locksmith costs in the UK, our locksmith prices list include typical average cost of jobs such as cost to change locks & prices of locks. Our locksmith price checklist also has questions to ask the locksmith, so you don’t get overcharged.
As the UK’s largest locksmith association our guide on pricing will help you understand everything you need to know.
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Our pricing guide will cover the following:
1. Prices to Change & Replace Locks
2. Prices to Unlock House & Open Door
3. Prices to Repair Locks
4. Prices of Door Locks – Cost of locks without labour (inc BS3621)
5. Hourly Locksmith Labour Prices
6. Emergency Locksmith Prices – Includes 24 hour
7. How to Reduce Cost – Don’t be overcharged
8. Locksmith Price Checklist – Questions to ask
9. Why locksmiths can charge any price
10. Locksmith Price Factors – Why they are so different
11. Overcharged by a locksmith – What to do
The most important thing about locksmith prices you should know is below:
No Government Licensing for Locksmiths
This means locksmiths can charge any price.
The cost of hiring a UK locksmith can vary for each locksmith company, locksmith prices can differ due to things like the time of the day, lock parts required & where you live.
Signs of Overcharging Locksmiths – our how to spot a rogue locksmith page has signs to look out for when hiring a locksmith.
We will start with estimated prices a locksmith may charge for a variety of jobs.
The cost to change the locks can start from £85 for a basic euro lock cylinder to £115 upwards for replacing a mortice lock. The price to replace a lock depends on the type of lock, brand & security standard, and if any call out charges are included in the cost.
The below locksmith prices are estimated costs of how much a locksmith may charge to change and replace all types of locks from front & back door locks, uPVC door locks to patio door, window & garage locks.
*Changing a Mortice lock might require some rework to the door in order for it to fit, as mortice locks are available in various sizes
How much a locksmith charges to change the locks will vary from locksmith to locksmith, the below price factors should be noted when changing the locks:
So please don’t take this as an exact guide, we always recommend to get at least three quotes from local locksmiths in your area.
Please read our types of door lock guide we tell you how to identify your house locks and the pros/cons of each lock.
The cost to unlock and open a locked door can start from £70, the price can vary though due to the type of lock & door being opened, as some locks are easier to open than others. Also some types of doors have more than one lock fitted, so will require two locks to be opened.
Below are estimated prices for a locksmith to unlock your house and gain entry, plus costs to replace lost keys or remove snapped keys from the door.
*Most locksmiths will replace the door lock after lost keys.
There are various types of opening techniques, so if someone is locked out there are different ways to get them in.
In some cases the lock could be quick & easy to open such as basic euro cylinder or nightlatch, some locks are trickier and take longer.
Unlocking Mortice Locks
Some locksmiths may charge more to open a mortice lock, as in some cases a mortice lock can take longer to open than rim or euro locks.
Unlocking UPVC/Composite Door
If your uPVC door has a basic cylinder lock these can be easy to unlock, but high security anti-snap locks usually require specialist tools and knowledge so that could make the job more expensive.
Unlocking Wooden Door
For wooden doors most can be simple to unlock, but you might have 2 security locks on them. If so opening 2 locks is more expensive, remembering if you do have to damage the locks you will need replacement locks as well.
Replacing Lost Key Cost
The cost to replace keys all depends on how many locks will need to be replaced in the home. Most locksmiths recommend replacing the lock if you lost your key for security reasons.
If your home or business has locks that are keyed alike you would have to replace every lock.
For prices a locksmith charges for keys, please read our key cutting price list we also tell you long time it takes to cut keys as well.
The cost to repair a door or window lock that is faulty or damaged can start from £45 for repairing a internal door lock to £65 updwards for a front or back door lock. The price to fix a lock will depend on the time taken to repair the lock, if any parts are needed and also the actual lock type.
The main cost factor in repairing any door lock or handle will be labour costs involved and if any lock parts need replacing.
Also note if having a lock repaired out of hours this may increase the cost, we again would recommending getting at least 3 quotes from local vetted locksmiths.
The cost of a replacement door lock without any labour charges can start from £20 for a basic cylinder lock for a uPVC door, a BS3621 Mortice deadlock can cost from £30 upwards, and from £80 upwards for a BS3621 Approved Night latch.
The below prices are the estimated prices of replacement door locks all WITHOUT labour costs:
*The above prices are for just the cost of lock without labour, fitting & call out charge costs.
A basic euro cylinder lock replacement for a uPVC door lock can cost from £20 and will be cheaper to replace than a high security anti-snap cylinder. An anti snap cylinder could cost from £50 to replace, the price will vary on brand and standard of cylinder being changed.
Security Note: Fitting a basic euro cylinder may result in your locks being at risk to lock snapping, basic cylinders are not tested against snapping.
For expert advice on the best anti-snap lock read our guide here.
The average price of a basic night latch ( Yale Lock ) can cost from £25, the price will vary with each brand of lock, and also the type of night latch, a auto deadlocking will be more expensive but offers more security.
Any British Standard approved night latch conforming to BS3621 is likely to cost roughly from £80 per lock.
For advice on night latches read our Night Latch guide click here.
Mortice lock are usually more expensive than basic euro cylinder locks.
The price of Mortice Locks vary due to the different types available such as:
*Typically, the more levers a mortice lock has, the more secure the lock is.
Again prices of any door lock will change dependant on the following:
Read our guide on BS3621 locks here and how to tell if your current fitted locks are approved to BS3621.
High security euro cylinders approved to SS312 Diamond & Ts007 3* are usually more expensive than basic euro lock cylinder.
The cost of a locksmith’s hourly labour rate you can expect to pay from around £65 per hour. Some locksmiths may charge a lower price for subsequent hours after the first hour on-site. For example, the first hour on site may be £65, then 2nd hour may be £30.
A lot of locksmith jobs such as fitting and changing locks can be completed within an hour, although repair jobs may take longer to complete.
You can find the nearest locksmith in your area here all our locksmiths are fully vetted and inspected.
In terms of the hourly price of an emergency locksmith you can expect to pay from around £65 per hour. You should expect the price to be more expensive outside of normal working hour, especially for jobs late at night and on weekends.
Hourly labour charges for a locksmith may also increase depending on how far the locksmith has to travel.
The hourly price of a locksmith in London can be from £75 per hour as labour charges.
The cost of hiring a locksmith in London may be slightly more expensive than elsewhere in the UK due to charges the locksmith has to pay such as congestion and parking charges.
The cost of a emergency locksmith in London per hour will be from £95 per hour rising to £120 per hour after midnight, you should factor in weekends, bank holidays/xmas & new year as the price may increase.
Based on our findings the cost to hire a 24-hour locksmith (out of hours) can start from £85 per hour after 8pm, this price is likely to increase after midnight. The price of a 24-hour locksmith will depend on the time of day & whether it’s a weekend or bank holiday.
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According to our findings, the price to hire an emergency locksmith in normal working hours can start from £65 per hour. The cost of an emergency locksmith should be the same as a normal locksmith as most locksmiths offer a mobile service.
Costs – The costs you will pay for an emergency locksmith will be their labour cost & price of parts.
Call Out Fee – We found that most emergency locksmiths do not charge a call out fee.
Find a vetted Emergency locksmith near you here.
A breakdown of the costs involved to hire an emergency locksmith are as follows:
We suggest checking beforehand if there is a call out charge fee and check precisely what it includes.
When hiring a locksmith or emergency locksmith a lot will charge a FREE call out fee, any fees a locksmith charges may well include the first hour of labour.
We recommend contacting your nearest MLA approved locksmith for a price quote, remember to ask if they charge a call out fee.
The best advice we can give on reducing the cost when you hire a locksmith is to get at least three different quotes to determine the best price.
However, don’t be mistaken into thinking that a job done quickly should be cheap.
You’re paying for the countless hours of training, the tools purchased and the knowledge of the locksmith, not the minutes taken to do the job.
Expert Advice: Don’t forget to ask if VAT is included in the price of any work done.
Signs of a Rogue Locksmith
How to Spot a Rogue Locksmith
Find out how to keep the price as low as possible when hiring a locksmith and not be overcharged.
As there is no price structure locksmiths have to follow in the UK, we often hear stories of rogue locksmiths overcharging.
We have put together the below price checklist of some questions to ask a locksmith:
To protect yourself against the locksmith bait & switch scheme, we recommend asking these locksmith questions:
The most crucial issue you should be aware of regarding locksmith prices and costing is the following:
Essentially locksmiths are free to charge as they wish, due to there being no governing body for locksmithing.
No governing body means the following:
You should always hire a locksmith approved by the Master Locksmiths Association as……
In the next topic, we will cover locksmith prices and the factors involved below.
If you are confused why the cost of locksmiths are so different, the below factors are what makes the price vary so much between each locksmith:
The location can have a significant effect on the prices charged.
Please see our locksmith complaint page for a guide about what to do if you are overcharged by a locksmith, where we tell you correctly what to do.
Be aware that because there is no regulation in the industry, a locksmith can charge any price.
Pro Tip: Try to get at least 3 quotes from locksmiths near you.
Why Locksmith Prices Vary – The cost for completing jobs such as changing locks & unlock doors will vary because of:
The Cost of Locks – all depends on the brand and standard of lock you are choosing to fit.
Price checklist – essential questions to ask regarding price:
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