Locksmiths can charge what they want as no government regulations cover them! Being unregulated means the prices of a locksmith will vary depending on where you live, time of day you want them, cost of materials and what they consider themselves worth. Because of this, for this blog, we can only provide an average price due to there being no set standards and costing for the different jobs locksmiths do.
What Do Locksmiths Do?
Locksmiths save our bacon on many an occasion, like when we shut the door and realise we’ve left the keys inside. Or, even worse, when we turn the key, and it snaps off. These and many other key emergencies do not always occur during the day. They happen at the worse times, after hours, in dreadful weather. You can guarantee it will be pouring down the minute you get locked out. Cutting Edge Locksmiths are the emergency service in Kent you need to call.
What Sort Of Charges Could I Expect From Calling Out A Locksmith?
On average, an emergency callout would be between £70 – £90. Depending on the job, when a lock requires replacing, the type of lock and door affect the price. Different types of locks are easier to open than others, like rim locks & basic euro locks. However, some locksmiths can charge more for mortice locks as they can take longer to open. The price of a locksmith will vary depending on where you live, the time of day you need them and the cost of materials.
Types Of Locksmith Jobs And Average Charges
- Unlocking a house to gain entry – time 30+ mins and cost approx £70
- Removing broken or snapped keys to gain entry – time 30+ minutes, cost approx £70
- Replacing lost keys to a house – time 30+ minutes, cost approx £80
- Repairing a broken or damaged door or window lock –
- Internal doors – from £45
- External doors – from £65
- uPVC door lock – from £65
- uPVC gearbox – from £65 (it can be cheaper to replace)
- uPVC window lock – from £55
- Door handle – from £40
- Patio door lock – from £65
- Garage door lock – from £65
Note that these are average costs. However, prices will vary as per the standard of the lock. For example, a basic night-latch lock can cost around £25 without the labour charge; however, if you want a night latch lock that conforms to British standards—like the BS3621—this will cost approx £80 before labour charges.
Cost Of Locksmith Labour
Usually, a locksmith charges around £65 for the first hour on a job. Some, not all, will often lower the labour price for any subsequent hours spent working. For example, a callout after normal hours, prices would be around £65 – £75 and remain so for the duration of the job. These charges can also be affected by the travel time, callouts after midnight, and weekends.
What We At Cutting Edge Locksmiths Can Help You With
At Cutting Edge Locksmiths, we are from a background in security, and we pride ourselves in offering a friendly and personal service. Our service includes advice on the safety of your home and lock maintenance and repair. So give us a call and chat about what we can offer you. Contact us now.