Professional locksmith services install or replace current lock systems, re-key locks for new locks, repair broken door locks, add new locks, help when someone is locked out, copy keys or issue new keys, re-key locks in a new home and more. Professional locksmiths can tackle deadbolts, doorknobs, mailboxes, lock changes, office furniture (such as filing cabinets), electronic combination pads, keyless remotes and more. The lock may be in a car, home, business or commercial space, and most professional locksmiths are available for after-hours emergencies or roadside assistance. Several factors affect the average cost of locksmith services.
Minimum service fee
By necessity, most professional locksmith services are done on location—at the client’s home, office, business or car. The cost of specific professional locksmith services varies, depending on what needs to be done, but professional locksmiths often have a minimum service call fee to cover their time, labor, transportation expenses and associated overhead costs, even if the job itself is a $15 task. For example, Lock-It-Down Locksmith in Carrollton, Texas, charges a $75 minimum for all standard residential service calls and $85 for commercial service calls. There may be additional fees for new keys or for replacing door knobs or deadbolts. Some professional locksmiths specialize in certain kinds of door locks or locksmith services. If you have a very specialized type of lock, be sure to ask about these services before you request a service call.
In addition to standard service fees, professional locksmiths may charge additional fees for service calls outside their designated service area, or for roadside assistance. The additional fee covers time spent in traffic and the cost of gas and other expenses to arrive at the destination. Lock-It-Down Locksmith technicians charge $10 extra for service calls beyond their standard service area.
Many professional locksmiths can re-key locks, which involves removing and replacing existing springs and pins so that old lock keys no longer work and new keys will. Many people re-key locks when they buy a new home, if they lose all the keys to a lock or if they are concerned that unauthorized copies of their keys exist. Many customers opt to re-key locks because it can be more affordable than an entire lock change. Lock-It-Down Locksmith charges $18 per keyhole to re-key locks, and $25 when there are circumstances that require more work such as an electronic lock installation or deadbolt. There may also be additional fees for extra new keys, depending on the type of lock or car lock that needs rekeying.
Lockouts are one of the most common reasons that people call professional locksmiths. They’ve locked their car keys inside the car, lost their house keys or misplaced the office keys. Reputable locksmiths have set prices for various standard types of lockouts. Lock-It-Down Locksmith charges flat rates for lockouts:
Most car lockouts and roadside assistance: $65
Residential lockout: $75
- Commerical lockout: $85
There may be an additional fee for emergency services, extreme winter conditions, or particularly challenging locking mechanisms or damaged car doors. A reputable locksmith will give you an exact price before they begin work.
Lock change or lock installation costs vary based on whether the professional locksmith provides the lock, what is required for lock installation, how many components are involved and how long it takes to install the lock. Locks include deadbolt, simple doorknob locks, electronic keypads, garage doors, high-security locksets and any locking mechanism.
Some professional locksmiths charge an additional fee for emergency services such as late-night, weekend or holiday calls. There are also reputable locksmiths that specialize in emergency locksmith services. They charge a bit more but provide quality service on very short notice, whether you need to quickly re-key locks, update your garage door lock, add a new deadbolt, or request other emergency locksmith services.
Maximize the value of a minimum service fee by incorporating as many tasks as possible into a single visit.
- To protect the safety of your business or home and family, confirm that your locksmith is licensed by the state.