Locksmith Prices & Cost Estimate in the UK 2020
The price you pay for a Locksmith can differ wildly from company to company, whether you require an emergency Locksmith or are moving home and need the locks changed. We aim to give you an overview of what you can expect to be charged when hiring a Locksmith. However until a Locksmith is at your door it is hard to provide an exact price.
All prices are based on estimates from recent UK Locksmith jobs (updated January 2020) – These prices may not reflect the price you will pay and should be used as a rough guide. For a quote please call our team directly on 033 0332 0589.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Locksmith?
You may need your locks changed for a number of reasons, whether you’ve moved house and are concerned about security or you are unsure who may have a spare key. You may just want to upgrade the security of locks on your current property, and you may also want to make sure your locks are insurance compliant, you will need to change the locks after a break in, if they are damaged. If you are a landlord and a tenant leaves and does not return the key you may want to get them replaced.
|Locksmith Job Type||Estimated Price|
|Replacing a Mortice lock.||Price per lock starts at £45. Cost will be the price of the lock plus the labour charge*|
|Changing a Euro Cylinder||Price per lock starts at £25. Cost will be the price of the lock plus the labour charge*|
|Emergency Boarding Up||£200- depending on the amount of damage|
|Changing the locks at a new property||£350- Dependent on the amount of doors, windows and external locks at your property|
*Lock prices will depend on size, make and model.
How much does a locksmith charge per hour?
Within normal working hours, which are often considered between 8am to 6pm, you can expect to pay an estimated £89 for up to an hours’ worth of labour.
However the time of day will impact the labour rate as outside of normal working hours, such as late at night or weekends, a premium is often charged. Do also keep in mind that a Locksmith could also increase his hourly rate should he have to travel a greater distance to get to you.
Locksmith Price Factors : What can Affect the Locksmith prices?
Date and Time
You may be charged more for a Locksmith if you require their services at an inconvenient time such as late at night. Most Locksmith prices will increase between the hours of 6pm to 8am. So don’t expect to be charged the same amount at 3am that you would do at 3pm.
- Depending on the size of the job, for example; how many locks you need changing, will factor in to the overall cost of the job.
- You will need to confirm whether the price you have been quoted is for the whole job, or changed by the hour.
- If all you need is the Locksmith to remove a broken key, then you will only have to pay for the labour. Meaning the job will be less expensive.
- However if you need multiple locks replaced, then this will take more labour hours and you will need to include the prices of multiple new locks.
- If you engage a Locksmith during work hours on a work day, then the price is likely to be lower than if you called them out late night on a weekend.
Lock Type and Brand
- Using a budget cylinder will mean the job total will be cheaper
- Picking a high security branded cylinder will definitely mean you are spending more money
- Euro Locks, Mortice Locks, Nightlatches and Security Bolts all have different costs, so depending on what type of lock you need, the price may vary.
Size of Job
Most Locksmith companies will charge by the hour, if you only require one lock to be changed then you can be pretty confident that the Locksmith will complete the job within an hour. However, if you have just moved house and need every single lock on the doors and windows in your house replaced, then you may need to budget for 2/3 hours. You may also need to consider if your doors or windows have standard or unusual locks. Most Locksmiths carry the standard locks in their vans, however if a part needs to be ordered in, the Locksmith will have to return to your property, meaning they may have to charge another hour of labour.
If you require locks to be replaced as part of the service, then you will be charged for the new parts as well as the labour. This is often the case with snapped locks and cylinders, or if a lock has been damaged beyond repair. The type of lock you need is be dependent on the type of door you have and what your insurance policy requires. This may stop you from getting the least expensive, basic lock. The parts cost may also increase if you have a digital or smart lock, as these are harder to fix and more expensive to replace. If you have a uPVC door or something has gone wrong with the mechanism, this may also increase the price.
Prices for Changing Door Locks 2020
|Door Type||Lock Type||Price Estimate*|
|Wooden||Yale Cylinder Replacement||£20+|
|Wooden||Complete Yale Replacement||£40+|
|Wooden||Mortice Lock Replacement (5 Lever)||£45+|
|Wooden||Mortice Lock Replacement (2-3 Lever)||£25+|
|uPVC||Multi-Point Locking Mechanism||£60+|
*Theses prices can vary and are only estimates. The exact cost of the lock will depend on size, make and model.
uPVC door locks
If your door is uPVC and just the cylinder needs replacing then it will be cheaper than changing the whole mechanism as this only needs to be done if there is a problem. An average Euro cylinder will cost around £45 and may vary depending on make/model and security standard.
As industry specialists, our Locksmiths at Keytek® are fully trained, DBS checked and accredited. To learn more about the uPVC we offer head to our uPVC Specialists Page.
Wooden door locks
If a night-latch, often described as a ‘Yale Lock’ is just being changed for security reasons, then only the cylinder will need to be changed which will keep the price down. If the whole night-latch needs to be changed (if you are upgrading the security) then this will cost a little more.
If your wooden door requires a mortice lock then these can start at around £45, you will have to add this to the labour cost that your Locksmith charges. British Standard locks are slightly more expensive but most likely to be insurance compliant, 3 lever is cheaper than a 5 lever mortice lock but a 3 leaver mortice lock is only really suitable for internal doors.
To learn more about changing the locks on your home, view our Lock Change Page.
How to Reduce Locksmith Costs
If the work is a non-emergency then take your time to shop around for a Locksmith. Get multiple quotes and read reviews to find someone you can trust. You could consult a double glazing company, however the only solution they might be able to offer is to replace the whole door rather than replace or repair the lock.
You may be tempted to do the work yourself, however this is something we do not advise this. You can invalidate your insurance policy if the work is not carried out by a professional. uPVC locks are all different and some may even be obsolete, so you would need to call a Locksmith to completely replace the part.
Cost for Changing Locks on House
When you move into a new property it is recommended to change all the locks. The average house will need the front door, back door, windows, garage and gate locks replaced. The Locksmith prices can vary on the type of locks that you need, for example Mortice locks can be more expensive to replace than a euro cylinder lock. Also depending on the size of your house and the amount of doors/windows you have, a Locksmith may need more than an hour to change all the locks, so you will also have to consider labour rates and time when costing to change the locks on your house. However, an average cost you could be looking at is an estimated £350. This is not an exact price, as the amount of doors/windows you have, the locks you need replaced and the length of time it will take a trained Locksmith to replace them will all be factors in the overall cost.
So, in summary, the cost to change the locks on a new house can be dependent on these factors:
- The type of locks that need replacing – some locks can be more expensive than others
- How many doors you have in your property that you would like the locks changed on
- How many windows will require locks replacing
- The time it takes for replacement of all the locks on your property
- The labour rate of the Locksmith and the average rates for your area.
Emergency Locksmith Prices / Costs
You may find yourself in need of an ‘emergency’ Locksmith if you lock your keys in your house, have been burgled, or the key breaks in the lock. The Locksmith prices we quote here are a rough estimate to what you might pay. The total cost of an emergency Locksmith will be dependent on the nature of the emergency, the type of lock and why you need your locks replaced, as well as the area you live in and the time it will take to resolve the issue.
How much does an Emergency Locksmith Cost?
An Emergency Locksmith will usually have a quicker response time, but overall the charge should be similar to that of a regular Locksmith call out. You can expect to be charged an estimated £89 for the labour plus any parts if required plus VAT.
Type of Job
- Emergency jobs may take longer to complete depending on the nature of the situation
- An emergency job will cost less, if the locksmith is only required to open the door, rather than replacing the whole lock
- Lost keys or break in will mean your lock needs replacing. You will then have to factor in the cost of a new lock plus the Locksmith labour charge
Time and Date
- Unsociable hours will mean you will be charged more. For example 10 am on a Monday will be cheaper that 10pm on a Saturday.
- Bank Holidays will always mean a Locksmith is more expensive. Locking yourself out on Christmas day will be more expensive than a normal weekday.
Call out Charges
- If a Locksmith charges you a call out fee, then you will have to pay regardless of whether he manages to fix your problem
- Keytek® doesn’t charge a call out fee. But when using a private Locksmith, it’s always best to double check if they will charge you a call out fee and how much that will be.
The average cost of calling out an emergency Locksmith would be around £89 for the labour, plus any parts required plus VAT. Most respectable Locksmiths will not have a call out charge and will just charge you for the labour and parts. This is just an estimate, and until the Locksmith is actually stood at your door and can see the problem then the price can vary from this.
Here at Keytek® we are proud to be able to offer a 30 minute response time, other emergency Locksmiths should be able to offer a similar time frame. However as you are engaging an ‘emergency service’ you can expect to pay a little more for such a quick response, this however is not the case at Keytek®, we charge the same whether we are with you in 30 minutes or a time of your choice.
For advice on what to do if you get locked out, see our Locked Out of House page
Emergency Boarding Up
If you have been broken into and doors and window are damaged beyond repair, you can get an emergency boarding up service. To secure your house after a break-in will incur extra cost, as not only will you have to board up your door and windows, you will have to replace them as well. For emergency boarding up you are looking at a rough cost of £200, however this all depends on the amount you need boarding up, what time of day it is and how much your Locksmith of choice will charge you. This sort of job normally runs over an hour, as Locksmiths generally will not carry the material needed to board up, so you should budget for a couple of hours of labour charge.
Questions to ask your Locksmith
|Questions||Why you should ask|
|Is labour included in the price?||When given a price you should ask whether it is include as it could be an extra charge if not.|
|What does a labour cost entail?||You should always know what a labour cost will cover and what won’t cover.|
|Is there a call out charge?||For emergency responses and out of hours call outs, you may be charged a call out charge|
|Is the price quoted a fixed price or an estimate?||As it can be hard to identify the problem without seeing the issues and what may be needed so some may give an estimated price which may change.|
|If the price is estimated, what could change?||Some parts (such as higher security products) will cost more than others dependent which is needed for your door.|
|What standard will a new part/lock be should you need one?||A Locksmith should supply a new part which has a lower security than the previous one; they should always be the same standard or higher.|
|What will happen if they don’t have the correct part?||Is there a procedure in place to ensure your safety and to get the issue sorted as soon as possible.|
|How will you be able to pay?||Some Locksmiths may only take cash or may only pay card, you should know your options in which you can pay.|
|Do any parts supplied have a warranty?||Should something go wrong in the future with a new part supplied, you will want to know that it can be sorted with ease.|
Locksmith Cost Questions Answered
How much does it cost to unlock a front door?
An exact estimate cannot be given as it will depend on a number of factors; e.g. how you are locked out, your type of door, if the lock is damaged. Labour rates can range approximately from £80-£100 to gain entry to your home, depending on whether you need a lock to be replaced.
What Additional Fees might be added to a Quote?
When you are quoted you should be given an overview of all of the costings and any possible extras, but one additional fee that you might occur is if there are unforeseen requirements for your locks such as unique or obscure parts. Should parts need to be ordered, you may be charged an extra fee for the Locksmith to return and install the part once it has been ordered. Locksmiths generally carry the most common parts in their vans, but anything specialist will have to be ordered.
How Long does it take to Change a Lock on a Door?
The time it takes to change your lock is dependent on the type of door you have and the type of lock you require. However, if your door has a standard euro cylinder or mortice lock then it should not realistically take more than an hour. However, should the Locksmith arrive and identify an underlying issue the time may change as the Locksmith may feel that those issues need correcting.
How much does it cost to change the locks on a house in the UK?
You can expect multiple lock changes on a house to cost upwards of £200, depended on factors such as lock type, door type, labour rate for your area and time that will need to be taken to change the locks.
How much to change a front door lock?
You can expect to pay anything in the estimated region of £100 – £200, but this will be dependent on the type of lock, type of door and labour rate of Locksmith.
Which? Have set a basic guide pricing at;
|Job Type||Price Estimate|
|Labour to remove a broken key without replacing the cylinder||£80-£100|
|Replace an anti-snap Euro-Profile cylinder in a uPVC door||£125-£170|
|Replace a budget Euro-Profile cylinder in a uPVC door||£100-£150|
|Lost keys – open one standard mortice lock and one standard rim lock||£90-£130|
How much does it cost to change an uPVC door lock?
uPVC euro locks are often more expensive than mortice locks or rim cylinders so you can generally expect to pay more on uPVC doors than wooden doors. Depending on the size, make and model of the euro cylinder you can expect to pay an estimated £89 for labour plus the price of the part plus VAT to change a uPVC door lock.
How much does it cost to change a car lock in the UK?
The price to change a car lock can be dependent on the vehicle make/model and key type. You should always contact an auto-locksmith to carry out any work on your vehicle locks.
Do you need a Locksmith to change locks?
You may be tempted to carry out the work yourself, but we do not advise this. You can invalidate any insurance policies you may hold leaving you vulnerable if something where to happen, and also if you were to install the lock incorrectly it could render its safety features useless leaving you open to intruders.
All locks are different and although you may feel the lock is the issue there may be underlying issues with your door that cannot be easily identified. For these reasons we always advise that a professional Locksmith is called to carry out any work.
How much do Locksmiths charge in the UK?
The price Locksmiths will charge for labour will be dependent on your area and the competitive going rate. You can expect labour charges to be around £89.
Is it cheaper to rekey or replace locks?
Rekeying is a process where the pins are changed inside the existing locks to revoke access of an old key. This process can be slightly simpler than replacing the locks but overall there are far more benefits to replacing a lock rather than rekeying. Likewise, it is not a service that most mobile Locksmiths can offer, so they may charge a premium as it is not a usual occurrence.
We hope that we’ve covered everything about how much to change locks but if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact us, we’d be more than happy to help you out!
This however should only be used as a rough guide. For a better idea on price then please call the Keytek® team on 0808 164 2928.