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How much will it cost for locksmith work in my home

When leaving the house, there is always that dreaded fear of, “have I closed the Yale locked door and left my keys inside?”. Thankfully, this is not a crisis most of us deal with on a regular occurrence but when an emergency strikes because keys are lost or worse our safety has been compromised and we have to call in a locksmith immediately, it can be daunting who to choose and trust to help us in one of our most vulnerable situations, that is why HaMuch is helping you with how to go about choosing the right locksmith and what price to expect to pay for their service.

Managing money and getting off on the right foot with your locksmith

Before beginning the search for a locksmith, decide which of the 3 main categories your necessity falls under, do you need a locksmith for your home, office or an auto locksmith for the car? A lot of companies will cover domestic and commercial locksmithing needs but a car / van / bike emergency (e.g., replacing damaged locks or rekey), needs a specialist to deal with automotive locks.

Next in your search is to ensure a safe repair, so you need to choose a locksmith who is affiliated to associations to ensure they follow secure guidelines, e.g., look for someone who is MLA (Master Locksmith Association) approved and a company who will only send out tradespeople that have been DBS Checked (this way you can be safe in the knowledge that you will not have a criminal changing your locks!). A lot of locksmiths will offer 24 hour emergency services but using their services out of normal operating hours does come at a higher cost, so if your emergency can wait for usual business hours, that is best for your budget and be sure to get comparison quotes so that you are not paying emergency call-out prices in non-emergency times of the day.

When receiving quotes from locksmiths for your home, ask what brand of door lock will be used as you want to know that you are paying for a leading brand such as Yale, Union, ERA, Chubb… and if you have an existing mortice lock, make sure that the quote is replacing like for like (or a more secure version of the lock you had) rather than paying to change a mortice for a rim cylinder lock. Ask to have the quote in writing, even if it is emailed to you from their smart phone while you both stand outside your front door waiting for it to be unlock, this will make any insurance claim easier having in writing the locks you are having replaced as well as avoid any disputes with the locksmith when it comes time to make payment for works. Study the quote to see if you are being charged for an ‘hour locksmith services’ or for the completion of the job. A job such as a jammed uPVC door might require more than one visit in a 24hr period, due to the replacement part needing to be order in so you would rather be quoted for the job than per hour. A simple key cutting job that takes a few minutes is also usually charged by the number of replacement keys you need cut (always be sure to use the master key for the key cutting because when it is constantly a replacement key being used the cut isn’t as perfect).

Defining the quality and detail of the job    

Automotive locksmiths can help with a range of lockout issues and lost car keys. Before you contact the auto locksmith, make sure you have the following details on hand; make and model of your car, van or motorbike as well as the registration and your full address. If you have locked the keys inside the car and require the locksmith to come and pick the vehicle lock, give as much detail as you can on your location for them to easily locate you. Try and free a parking space as close to your car as possible for them before they arrive so they can pull up and have quick access to all the tools needed. If the emergency is a broken key, explain beforehand where the key is broken and needing extraction, e.g., stuck in the ignition or broken in the door handle. Key programming normally needs an immobiliser code which the locksmith should be able to extract from the vehicle. If locks have been damaged and need replacing, provide details on which lock, e.g., boot lock or front passenger door lock.

If you have locked yourself out and need a locksmith to help you gain entry into your home, give clear details of your address and what time you will be meeting them at the front door. If you have lost your keys but do not want the lock replaced, ask the locksmith if they can make an impression of the lock to cut a new key for you or if they are able to disassemble the lock. If you are having a lock replaced, for your home insurance to be valid, do insist on a ‘British Standard’ lock which will come with a BS Kitemark identification logo. If you have just moved into a new home, it is safe practise to change the locks as you do not know how many people the old owner has left a spare key with. Before the locksmith arrives, inform them about the make of your door, plastic uPVC doors usually have a Euro Lock mechanism and wooden doors are normally fitted with a Mortice or Yale lock. Modern patio doors often fall under the uPVC category. The same applies for windows that need lock or key replacements, give details about what type of window frame you have and where the lock is situated on the window.

Commercial locksmiths can retain the security of the office, from replacing old locks with access control lock and digital locks to installing CCTV footage and a safe for securing high valuable items. When businesses need to close during a holiday period or a global pandemic, a commercial locksmith can also board up the office to make sure you are leaving it safe and secure.          

Rough guide for how much basic locksmith work in your home costs;

 

Job

Job details

Estimate

Auto locksmith

Replacement of lost car key

£200

Auto locksmith

Car key cutting from an existing key to create copies

£60

Auto locksmith

Pick a locked car to gain entry

£120

Auto locksmith

Broken key extraction from a door

£70

Auto locksmith

Broken key extraction from an ignition

£90

Auto locksmith

Car key programming

£30

Auto locksmith

Re-pinning of locks using existing locks

£40per lock

Auto locksmith

Replacement of a damaged door / boot lock

£80

Auto locksmith

Replacement of a damaged ignition lock

£90

Locksmith

Emergency 24 hrs service for door opening access

£70

Locksmith

Emergency 24 hrs service removing broken key from lock

£70

Locksmith

Emergency 24 hrs service for wooden door lock change

£115

Locksmith

Emergency 24 hrs service for uPVC door lock change

£85

Locksmith

Emergency 24 hrs service for burglary repair and boarding up

£120

Locksmith

Replacement of front and door lock

£140

Locksmith

Key cutting from a master key

£10

Locksmith

Key cutting from an impression of the lock

£80

Locksmith

Window key cutting from a master key

£70

Locksmith

Window lock replacement

£55

Locksmith

Installing a wall safe

£300

Commercial locksmith

Installing a fire-proof safe

£400

Commercial locksmith

Opening a fire-proof safe

£250

Commercial locksmith

Installing CCTV security

£2,000

Commercial locksmith

Installing access control locks

£300per lock

Commercial locksmith

Reprogramming digital locks

£20per lock

Commercial locksmith

Installing locks on multiple office doors

£30per lock

Commercial locksmith

Boarding up for closure

£300

Rates for other trades

Locksmith Rates: Average Hourly and Daily Rates
Locksmith: Average Hourly and Daily Rates in the UK (excluding VAT or callout charges)
Location in UKHourly RateDaily Rate
Locksmith near Amber Valley£48£264
Locksmith near Arun£54£287
Locksmith near Ashfield£40£270
Locksmith near Aylesbury Vale£54£238
Locksmith near Barnsley£45£338
Locksmith near Basildon£50£271
Locksmith near Basingstoke & Deane£69£247
Locksmith near Bassetlaw£32£183
Locksmith near Bath & North East Somerset£39£222
Locksmith near Bedford£60£236
Locksmith near Belfast£32£160
Locksmith near Birmingham£50£212
Locksmith near Blackburn£70£321
Locksmith near Blackpool£54£252
Locksmith near Bolton£42£238
Locksmith near Bournemouth£79£205
Locksmith near Bracknell Forest£58£295
Locksmith near Bradford£38£288
Locksmith near Braintree£42£226
Locksmith near Breckland£30£240
Locksmith near Bridgend£43£179
Locksmith near Brighton£32£185
Locksmith near Bristol£39£222
Locksmith near Broadland£42£226
Locksmith near Broxtowe£40£270
Locksmith near Bury£44£249
Locksmith near Caerphilly£50£189
Locksmith near Calderdale£20£158
Locksmith near Canterbury£28£165
Locksmith near Cardiff£46£188
Locksmith near Carmarthenshire£30£240
Locksmith near Charnwood£28£180
Locksmith near Chelmsford£49£266
Locksmith near Cheltenham£72£525
Locksmith near Cherwell£60£250
Locksmith near Chester£13£80
Locksmith near Colchester£28£135
Locksmith near Coventry£37£176
Locksmith near Crewe & Nantwich£58£168
Locksmith near Dacorum£51£279
Locksmith near Derby£46£250
Locksmith near Doncaster£35£183
Locksmith near Dover£28£165
Locksmith near Dudley£51£214
Locksmith near East Devon£40£185
Locksmith near East Dunbartonshire£28£49
Locksmith near East Hampshire£58£288
Locksmith near East Hertfordshire£52£258
Locksmith near East Riding£18£145
Locksmith near Eastleigh£48£242
Locksmith near Edinburgh£31£241
Locksmith near Elmbridge£52£283
Locksmith near Epping Forest£56£306
Locksmith near Erewash£46£250
Locksmith near Exeter£45£259
Locksmith near Falkirk£25£250
Locksmith near Flintshire£13£80
Locksmith near Gateshead£53£322
Locksmith near Gedling£40£270
Locksmith near Glasgow£28£49
Locksmith near Gloucester£63£367
Locksmith near Guildford£47£296
Locksmith near Halton£36£213
Locksmith near Harrogate£44£228
Locksmith near Havant & Waterloo£47£268
Locksmith near Highland£25£200
Locksmith near Horsham£38£213
Locksmith near Huntingdonshire£70£300
Locksmith near Ipswich£17£149
Locksmith near Kings Lynn & West Norfolk£40£300
Locksmith near Kingston-upon-Hull£18£145
Locksmith near Kirklees£35£323
Locksmith near Knowsley£40£223
Locksmith near Leeds£41£298
Locksmith near Leicester£19£150
Locksmith near Lisburn£32£160
Locksmith near Liverpool£44£228
Locksmith near London£55£289
Locksmith near Luton£51£266
Locksmith near Macclesfield£45£219
Locksmith near Maidstone£46£225
Locksmith near Manchester£43£244
Locksmith near Mid Bedfordshire£52£238
Locksmith near Mid Sussex£40£218
Locksmith near Middlesbrough£32£217
Locksmith near Milton Keynes£62£227
Locksmith near Neath Port Talbot£28£128
Locksmith near New Forest£52£197
Locksmith near Newbury£78£234
Locksmith near Newcastle-under-Lyme£58£168
Locksmith near Newcastle-upon-Tyne£53£322
Locksmith near Newport£56£208
Locksmith near North Hertfordshire£48£247
Locksmith near North Lanarkshire£18£48
Locksmith near North Lincolnshire£18£145
Locksmith near North Somerset£30£213
Locksmith near North Tyneside£53£322
Locksmith near North Wiltshire£32£181
Locksmith near Northampton£48£260
Locksmith near Norwich£42£226
Locksmith near Nottingham£40£270
Locksmith near Nuneaton & Bedworth£37£182
Locksmith near Oldham£41£224
Locksmith near Oxford£60£250
Locksmith near Plymouth£18£116
Locksmith near Poole£79£205
Locksmith near Portsmouth£40£250
Locksmith near Preston£55£270
Locksmith near Reading£64£250
Locksmith near Redcar & Cleveland£32£217
Locksmith near Reigate & Banstead£51£273
Locksmith near Renfrewshire£31£132
Locksmith near Rhondda, Cynon, Taff£44£178
Locksmith near Rochdale£41£219
Locksmith near Rotherham£41£200
Locksmith near Salford£41£235
Locksmith near Sandwell£49£216
Locksmith near Scottish Borders£23£165
Locksmith near Sefton£49£249
Locksmith near Sevenoaks£56£263
Locksmith near Sheffield£52£200
Locksmith near Slough£49£282
Locksmith near Solihull£46£178
Locksmith near South Bedfordshire£60£236
Locksmith near South Cambridgeshire£20£200
Locksmith near South Gloucestershire£39£222
Locksmith near South Kesteven£40£200
Locksmith near South Oxfordshire£57£259
Locksmith near South Somerset£55£241
Locksmith near South Tyneside£53£322
Locksmith near Southampton£48£242
Locksmith near Southend-on-Sea£46£234
Locksmith near St Albans£51£279
Locksmith near St Helens£45£240
Locksmith near Stafford£65£300
Locksmith near Stockport£42£237
Locksmith near Stockton-on-Tees£32£217
Locksmith near Stoke-on-Trent£58£168
Locksmith near Stratford-on-Avon£25£51
Locksmith near Stroud£63£367
Locksmith near Suffolk Coastal£15£150
Locksmith near Sunderland£50£282
Locksmith near Swale£43£234
Locksmith near Swansea£29£156
Locksmith near Tameside£42£237
Locksmith near Teignbridge£45£272
Locksmith near Tendring£20£145
Locksmith near Test Valley£60£275
Locksmith near Thamesdown£28£180
Locksmith near Thanet£47£195
Locksmith near The Wrekin£45£120
Locksmith near Thurrock£55£269
Locksmith near Torbay£41£289
Locksmith near Trafford£41£235
Locksmith near Vale of Glamorgan£42£171
Locksmith near Vale of White Horse£30£200
Locksmith near Vale Royal£13£80
Locksmith near Wakefield£41£302
Locksmith near Walsall£50£212
Locksmith near Warrington£43£247
Locksmith near Warwick£39£145
Locksmith near Waverley£52£312
Locksmith near West Lancashire£46£244
Locksmith near West Lothian£28£237
Locksmith near West Wiltshire£32£181
Locksmith near Wigan£41£217
Locksmith near Windsor & Maidenhead£52£284
Locksmith near Wirral£44£228
Locksmith near Wokingham£59£256
Locksmith near Wolverhampton£56£209
Locksmith near Wrexham Maelor£50£300
Locksmith near Wycombe£53£286
Locksmith near York£40£250