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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

Can I trust a locksmith?

You can find a trustworthy locksmith with some research. The best way to start is with an online search of top-rated locksmiths near you and read the customer reviews thoroughly. Positive reviews (and ratings) can indicate trustworthiness, but you should also look up the locksmith’s credentials. Many states require locksmiths to be licensed, so look up the rules in your state before you hire anyone.

How much does it cost to have a deadbolt lock installed?

Installing a new deadbolt lock can improve your home security, especially if you think your current lock system has been compromised or there are unaccounted-for copies of your house keys in circulation. A professional locksmith can install a new deadbolt for you in a matter of hours. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100. Locksmith prices for installing deadbolts may be higher based on whether the professional provides the lock or you have it on hand, how many components the locking system includes, and how long the installation takes. The cost to purchase a lock yourself from a big-box store can range from approximately $70 to $225 or more, depending on quality and materials. Higher-security locks often take longer and therefore cost more to install.

How does a locksmith open a locked door?

Locksmiths use specialized tools and techniques to open your door in the case of lockouts or lost keys. Trained locksmiths can pick your door lock with lock-picking tools such as a rake, a tension wrench, a half diamond or a hook. They may use a technique called bumping, which will work on pin tumbler locks, or as a last resort they may use a drill to remove your existing lock. The national average locksmith price ranges between $70 and $100. A locksmith can also replace your current lock system, re-key your locks if you have lost your keys, repair a broken lock, install a deadlock and more. Locksmiths not only help with front doors, they can help if you are locked out of your car, locked out of your mailbox, locked out of your shed … you name it. There may be an additional charge for emergency after-hours locksmith services. Check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost for a car locksmith?

There are several reasons you may need a car locksmith. You may be locked out of your car (either with the keys inside or with no keys at all), you may have lost your car keys and need a new key, or you may want to make a duplicate car key. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100. Getting locked out of your car can be scary and overwhelming — especially if it’s cold and dark out. Fortunately, professional locksmiths provide round-the-clock assistance to help people in these circumstances.

Car lockouts are one of the main reasons people need a locksmith. Your locksmith’s price can depend on the type of car you have, the time of day (or night) it is, and where you are located. Locksmith pricing may be based on a flat rate, or pricing may be quoted to you after the locksmith determines the circumstances. For example, a flat rate for a car lockout could be $65 for standard vehicles. That price could be higher for after-hours or long-distance service, or service during extreme weather. If you have entirely lost your car keys, a locksmith can make you a new car key, but first they must verify that you are the owner of the car. Locksmiths can even program new car key fobs for you — often at a lower price than a dealership.

How much does it cost to make a new key for a car?

Locksmiths’ prices for making new car keys can vary depending on the make of your car as well as the time of day and location. The national average locksmith price ranges from $70 to $100, but duplicating a key may cost as little as $30, while extraction a key stuck in the ignition, cutting a new key and programming the fob can cost much more.

You might need a new car key if you have lost your key, the key broke in the ignition, the key is bent or damaged, or you just want a duplicate in case of emergency. You can request a duplicate of a key you have on hand, or you can have a new key made or cut if you have lost your original car keys. If you need to replace lost keys, you’ll need to first provide proof that you are the owner of the car along with the vehicle identification number (VIN). If you’re just locked out of your car but don’t need a key made, a locksmith may charge $65 to get you back in. Locksmith car key services are often far more affordable than dealership prices for new keys.

Reviews for Ashburn locksmiths
Thumbtack Customer
Very fast and super efficient. Great locksmiths
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Amanda o.
Suggested by friend. Need to change broken lock. Volta locksmith did the amazing job. Very quick and efficient. Price was good as compared to others. Would Definitely use again if needed Locksmith and Highly Recommended.
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Zeus a.
Our locksmith was on time, changed out the deadbolt and doorknob to our apartment in less than 30 minutes, and gave us multiple keys at no additional charge. We will definitely use West Coast Locksmith for any future needs.
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Jingyi Jessica L.
Robert is an outstanding locksmith who finished the door knob installation in a fast and high-quality manner.
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Melanie S.
We were so appreciative of the work & value that HR Locksmith provided us. I highly recommend their service.
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Eden W.
Liam is very professional, responsive, and very good quality work! I will definitely hire H.R locksmith again!
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Sam t.
He is a locksmith who is also a handyman. He did all the things I asked, at a reasonable price. I will call him again.
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Maria R.
I had HR Locksmith install two locks on my gates, and they installed them without any problems. The locks lock great! They did a good job.
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Diane F.
405 Locksmith came within 2 hours after a call! Joe was courteous, made 2 mailbox keys and the price was perfect…. Cannot recommend this company enough!!!
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Moe t.
By far best locksmith you’re going to be shocked how quick he opens your lock….deadbolt lock was opened in less than 5 min…..great guy!
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Jasmine R.
H.R. Locksmith Service arrived to my home on time, performed the work with professionalism and quality. I would not hesitate to call them again for any future lock needs!
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Charley P.
Phenomenal Experience. I had a huge project of 15 total locks in need of replacement. Henry showed up on time, & proceeded to analyze my situation and come up with a comprehensive plan to ensure the safety of my house. He got to work without a break, and completed the task same day. All with a courteous and professional attitude. I recommend H.R. Locksmith Service 24/7 to anyone in need of a locksmith. Thank you Henry!
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Keyla T.
Great work and very communicative throughout the entire process. I was able to understand the problem, got options on how to fix it and decided. I will continue using MS Locksmith for sure.
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Greg S.
I was quite pleased with the work that was done by MS Locksmith and he was a pleasure to work with. He even followed up with a phone call. I would be most happy to employ him in the future.
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Sandee W.
We had a issue with a previous tenant that lost the keys to the side door. With the new tenant we needed a key that worked properly for the deadbolt so we searched on thumbstack and four H.R Locksmith Service. We were so happy to have found them because the quality and response for same day was great. We also had two keys included. It made the new tenants day. Thank you will use again and recommend for any locksmith needs!
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Joshua B.
The entire team was very communicative and helpful in addressing my needs. Liam (my locksmith) was very helpful and answered my questions on site, while also being expedient in providing service. I’ll gladly use this service again!
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Zach K.
Henry was superb. Super punctual and very professional. He worked swiftly, helped me set up the lock app and then insisted on cleaning up. I’m really high on first impressions so I will pretty much only call them whenever I need a locksmith from now on.
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Hannah L.
I submitted a request to install a new lock on my apartment mailbox. Within 5 minutes of responding to their quote I received a phone call from a contractor who was on their way. The locksmith who helped me out was fast, fair, and went the extra mile to get the job done right.
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Kyle M.
I was so happy that the pro called me back within 5 minutes, got to my home within 15 minutes and had my doors open within seconds. I hope to never need his service again, but I would recommend to anyone else needing a locksmith
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Michelle C.
Jack replaced our deadbolt with a Yale electronic lock that I purchased on Amazon. He completed the job in less than 20 minutes. We had some complications with calibration and he came back to help us out. Appreciate his diligence and kind nature. Highly recommend working with him for your locksmith needs!
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Don B.
Avi took great care of us, he was in and out in less than 30 minutes! We had to have a latch replaced on an office door and he was able to do it so quickly, we couldn't believe it! He is very friendly and great at what he does. We will not hesitate to call again for our future needs. Well done H.R Locksmith Service!
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Ruby Amber C.
Jack is a great and fast locksmith he come in on time really fast and a last minute he come to our home and did a great job, very professional and great attitude we appreciate jack and tomer his boss to send him to us thank you so much I rated him 5 stars and I recommend them they have great service
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Thumbtack Customer
SoCal offered and completed a professional service at a great price. I received a bid the same day I solicited a quote and they were able to show up the next day and perform the installation. The locksmith was on time, courteous, and professional. He completed the job quickly and for the exact price quoted. We even had a newer Schlage keyless lock installed and it was no problem. Highly recommend this company.
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Katie H.
I had Robert’s team come out to fix my front door handle which kept falling off. We were rushed when fixing it the first time and the handle became loose again. I let them know and Robert immediately responded and sent out another repairman and even refunded me for the work. I couldn’t be happier with the professionalism and customer service. You are in good hands working with H.R. Locksmith!!!
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Leontine S.
The locksmith came and quoted a price to rekey the locks. However, after taking my current lock apart he stated it would be cheaper to just replace. I agreed because he stated that replacement would be at least $100.00 cheaper. After he finished the work he charged me $398.00 for the lock and an additional fee for using my card to pay. Which he originally told me would be fine. I will never use the service again and would not recommend it to anyone.
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