Locksmiths install or replace current lock systems, re-key locks for new locks, repair broken locks, help when someone is locked out, copy keys and more. Professionals can tackle deadbolts, doorknobs, mailboxes, 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 locksmiths are available for after-hours emergencies.
Minimum service fee
By necessity, most locksmithing is done on location—either at the client’s home, business or car. The cost of specific locksmith services varies, depending on the task at hand, but professionals often have a minimum service 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 calls.
In addition to standard service fees, locksmiths may charge an extra travel fee if the job is outside their designated service area. The travel fee covers additional time spent in traffic (which could have been spent working on other jobs) and the cost of gas and other expenses to arrive at the destination. Lock-It-Down Locksmith charges $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 keys no longer work and new keys will. Many people change their locks after buying 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 because it can be more affordable than replacing an entire lock. Lock-It-Down Locksmith charges $18 per keyhole to re-key most locks and $25 when there are extenuating or rare circumstances that require more work.
Lockouts are one of the most common reasons that people call locksmiths. They’ve locked their keys in the car, lost their house keys or misplaced the office keys. Many locksmiths have set prices for various types of lockouts as long as there aren’t extraordinary circumstances. Here’s how Lock-It-Down Locksmith charges for lockouts:
Most vehicle lockouts: $65
Residential lockout, plus tax: $75
- Commerical lockout, plus tax: $85
Lock installation costs vary based on whether the locksmith provides the lock, what is required for installation, how many components are involved and the amount of time it takes to install. Locks include deadbolt, simple doorknob locks, electronic keypads, high-security locksets and more.
Some locksmiths charge an additional fee for late night, weekend or holiday calls to cover the added effort of working in the middle of the night or on a family day.