When you have problems with a lock, one of the first questions that will go through your mind is how much it will cost to get it repaired or replaced.
No one wants a hefty bill, and no one wants to pay more than they should.
Naturally, it’s not a simple answer.
The cost of lock repair can vary depending on the type of lock, how bad the damage and the time of day or night – an emergency will cost more than booking something for the future.
Things that affect the cost of lock repair
Type of Lock – a simple deadbolt lock will be less expensive to repair than a high-security lock with multiple locking mechanisms. Any lock that takes longer to fix will likely cost more, as the locksmith’s hours begin to rack up. The best thing is to get an idea of the cost before work begins.
Severity of damage
The severity of the damage will affect the cost too. A loose screw or misaligned lock may be less expensive to repair than a broken or jammed lock.
Age of the lock
The age of the lock can also be a factor. Older locks may be more difficult to repair with replacement parts may be harder to find. This can increase the cost of repair.
Is it an emergency?
Nothing racks up the price like a call-out. You panic, you call out an emergency locksmith and that will come at a price.
Is it hard to reach?
If the lock is difficult to access or requires specialised tools the cost of repair can increase. If it’s hard to get to, it may take longer to fix, resulting in increased labour charges.
What are the typical costs of lock repair?
Repairing a basic door lock can range from £50 to £200, depending on the factors mentioned above and the company you choose.
If you need window lock repairs this can range from £20 to £100 per window.
The best thing, if you can, is get a few quotes first. A good company should be able to give you a basic idea over the phone.
· A cylinder lock can cost between £50 to £100, while replacing a mortice lock can cost between £80 to £150
· a UPVC door lock can be more expensive with costs ranging from £80 to £300, depending on the type of lock and the severity of the damage
A quick call to a professional locksmith, can provide a more accurate estimate based on your specific situation.
Some people attempt to repair their locks themselves, without realising the potential for security risks or damage. Improper lock repair or installation can lead to security issues or damage to the lock, door, or window, which can be more expensive to fix in the long run.
If you’re not sure, leave it to a professional. A quick search on Google – try searching locksmiths near me – should give you a list of reputable locksmiths in your area. Or try asking friends and family for recommendations.
Should I Tip a Locksmith?
Tipping a locksmith is not a common practice in the UK, but it’s up to you to decide whether you want to tip or not. If you feel that the locksmith provided excellent service and went above and beyond to fix your lock, you may want to show your appreciation by leaving a tip.
If you do decide to tip, a good guideline is to tip 10% to 15% of the total cost of the service.
If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a tip, you can always show your appreciation by leaving a positive review or referring the locksmith to friends and family.
Unless you’re experienced, hiring a professional locksmith is always recommended for lock repairs or replacements. You’ll get a proper diagnosis, high-quality workmanship and most importantly, peace of mind.
But perhaps what is better is treating locks and maintenance as an important part of your home and business security that shouldn’t be overlooked. Regular servicing and maintenance can support the security of your property, improve the durability of your locks and reduce the risk of problems.