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Cost to Hire a Locksmith

Most homeowners spend between $116 to $165 nationally.
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Whether you've just bought a new home and you want to have the locks changed for safety reasons, or you're in need of an emergency lock repair, you'll need the services of a professional locksmith. An experienced locksmith can replace all types of locks, help you get into your home or car if you've locked yourself out, create new keys for a lock, or re-key locks to fit a new key. Before hiring a locksmith or trying to handle a lock problem yourself, you'll want to know how much the project will cost.

National Hire a Locksmith Costs

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$156

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$52

Minimum Cost

$350

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National Average Cost $156
Minimum Cost $52
Maximum Cost $350
Average Range $116 to $165
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How do we get this data? This info is based on 6519 cost profiles, as reported by ImproveNet members.

Average Cost to Hire a Locksmith

The average cost to hire a locksmith is $181. The majority of people who needed the services of a professional locksmith reported paying between $143 and $199. The lowest reported cost to hire a locksmith was $59, while the highest price for locksmith services was $300. The cost to hire a locksmith will depend on several factors, including whether you're in need of emergency service or if there are difficult circumstances like hazardous weather in the area.

Cost Considerations When Hiring a Locksmith

Most experienced locksmiths can unlock any door without needing to replace the locks. If a locksmith tells you that the locking mechanism needs to be replaced, you may want to get a second opinion if possible. Replacing locks and strike plates will add to the project cost. Some locksmiths may charge an additional fee for middle of the night or emergency service. If you're out on the road and have locked yourself out of your car, you may have to pay an additional mileage fee. Some insurance companies and roadside assistance plans offer free or low cost locksmith services if you choose from a list of participating providers. Before hiring a locksmith on your own, you might first make a call to your insurer to check on your benefits.

DIY Locksmith Projects

If you're thinking of replacing a lock yourself, consider the cost of tools and the hardware as well as your time. An inexperienced do-it-yourselfer may inadvertently cause damage to the door or door frame, resulting in additional expenses for the project. Hiring a professional to fix a DIY project gone wrong increases the cost.

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Last updated on Jan 12, 2017

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