Most locksmiths have good levels of integrity, and want the best for you. However I wrote this small UK guide to ensure that you the client, choose the right locksmith, avoid the pitfalls and simply get the best service and rate for yourself.
How much will it cost if i’m locked out?
-If the front door has been slammed shut with the keys inside, for most locksmiths during the day a standard rate is £59 – £69 depending on what is needed. Out of hours, this may rise to around £75-£95 depending on the locksmith company.
-If a key has been snapped off in the lock, or there is a mechanism malfunction – The locksmith may charge around £65-£95 during the day depending on what is required and slightly more at night.
-If you have lost your keys and are locked out (the bottom mortice lock is also on), expect to pay more for this type of job. Anywhere in the region of £100 – £180 with or without a replacement lock if needed would be the norm.
-If an internal door mortice lock needs unlocking (one with a handle and lock), the locksmith may charge around £59-79 depending on the time of day.
How much will it cost to have a lock replaced or fitted?
–To replace a standard front door top lock, (usually round) and known as a rim cylinder – during the day most locksmiths will charge around £59-£79 including the lock
-For a front door mortice lock replacement (usually bottom lock, with longer key) around £69-£109 including the lock, depending on the type and security levels of the lock(s) required.
-A plastic or UPVC door lock (also known as a euro cylinder) replacement and fitting, will be around £59-£79 for most locksmiths
–Internal door lock replacements such as a bedroom mortice lock for instance – Most locksmiths may charge anywhere from £59-£79 for this job.
–A fresh fit lock, which means a lock to be installed from fresh (i.e no lock already installed in the door) will cost more, as these types of jobs can take a while longer than a standard lock replacement, a rim cylinder and night latch installation could cost around £65-105 and a front door mortice lock fresh fit installation could be around £90-140 depending on the lock required.
Please note that these prices are not set in stone, these prices are only intended to be as a guide and will likely change slightly with time.