This is the ultimate guide to hiring a locksmith and understanding what a locksmith it does and whats involved from a consumer point of view in 2019.

Firstly let me be clear, this is a comprehensive guide to locksmith prices, locksmith services, how to save money how not to get ripped off by a locksmith. 

By the end of this you will also have a clear understanding of what’s involved in the locksmith process, as well as what kind of lock and door you may have. 

So if you’re looking to up your knowledge on locks, doors and everything safety, you’ll love this guide. 

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What Type Of Lock Do I Have?

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Chapter 1

WHAT TYPE OF LOCK DO I HAVE?

Can’t tell a deadlock from a deadlatch? We can help. Keeping your home and possesions safe should be a huge priority and it all starts with a lock. 

According to confused.com, if you don’t have the right locks, you may struggle to get home insurance cover at a reasonable price.

Some home insurance policies need to know what type of door lock types you have, and the main reason is some locks are more secure than others. Our helpful guide is your key to understanding the hardware you’re working with. 

A GUIDE TO LOCKS

1. MORTICE LOCKS

A Mortice lock is quite a common lock type. This is where the lock sits in the door. 

Derived from the mortice and tenon joint carpenters use to fix wood together. Mortice locks are installed inside the door, and there are a range of of functions, security levels and functions you should consider before purchase. 

Look out for the kite symbol to know if its British Standard, Yale are a common lock manufacturer who are insurance approved British Standard locks

2. NIGHTLATCHES

These are normally a secondary lock and your secondary level of defence.

Generally speaking, they come in two forms: standard nightlatches and deadlocking nightlatches. 

These doors lock automatically and needs the key to open from the outside, you can use the latch to open from the inside. 

This should not be your sole lock on the door and deadlock nightlatches are very secure. 

3. MULTI-POINT LOCK

These are one of the most common external door locks in the UK. These are mainly used on PVC doors. 

A multi-point lock system has a minimum of three locking points that all lock and open simultaneously with the turn of a key. 

These lock use a combination of hook bolts, camrollers, and pins which make them extremely secure. The locks rely on the cylinder and handle you have. 

4. CYLINDER LOCKS

Cylinder Locks are fairly common external locks and often used on back doors and front doors. 

Churchill Insurance recommend checking with your insurance provider  whether this lock is acceptable as it is vulnerable to a common form of break in technique known as lock snapping

5. CLOSED SHACKLE PADLOCKS 

Closed Shackle Padlocks are a secure form of Padlock. The closed nature ensures that it prevents bolt cutters and saws getting into the vulnerable shackle. 

Often used for garden sheds or storage units.

These can be super difficult getting into so if you’re looking to deter any would be burglars this will help increase the security of your goods. 

You will be able to find these at most hardware or lock stores. 

6. OPEN SHACKLE PADLOCKS

IOpen shackle padlocks are the most common type of padlock you will see. 

These are commonly used to lock up bikes with chains, gates, or safe boxes with latches. 

These are fairly easy to snap or drill, so if you are worried about security its maybe best to think of an upgrade. 

Chapter 2

HOW MUCH DOES A LOCKSMITH COST 2019?

The price you pay for a locksmith can differ exponentially from company to company. This guide should give you an idea of what you could and should expect to pay for a locksmith. Please bear in mind, most locksmiths will probably need to see your lock and door before giving you an exact price. 

PRICES TO GAIN ENTRY

If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself locked out of your property, Safewise advise asking a roommate for help or looking for a spare key first, if that all fails you should contact a reputable locksmith. 

The average cost in the UK for a locksmith to gain entry into a house is from £80.00.

If your key is stuck in a lock and you need a locksmith to remove the broken key and gain entry, prices will be from £80.00

If you need to replace lost keys to a house, a locksmith will change the locks for you and prices will range from £90.00 

Note: These prices are estimates and averages across the UK, you may find prices both higher and lower than this depending on where you are based and various other factors.

 

PRICES TO CHANGE LOCKS

You may need to change your locks if you have lost your keys and are worried they have fallen into the wrong hands. You may also want to change your locks if you have moved house or want to upgrade the security of your current house. Burglary prevention starts at the property boundary and your last form of defence is your door and lock. 

Change or replace a standard euro cylinder on a UPVC door: UK average from  £90.00

Change or replace a anti snap euro cylinder on a UPVC door: UK average from  £120.00

Change or replace a mortice lock: UK average from £120.00

Change or replace a night latch (normally found on wooden doors): UK average from £90.00

Change or replace a patio door lock: UK average from £90.00

Note: These prices are estimates and averages across the UK, you may find prices both higher and lower than this depending on where you are based

 

 

WHAT EFFECTS THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR A LOCKSMITH?

1. LOCATION

Locksmith Prices aren’t the same for every area. 

City’s are generally more expensive than rural area’s and supply and demand for this skilled job also comes into effect.

As an example, a locksmith in Belfast Northern Ireland would be considerably cheaper than a locksmith in London. 

2. STANDARD OF LOCK AND BRAND

The Type of lock you require may increase the cost. 

Some locks are more secure than others, and generally these can be more costly too. 

Speak with your locksmith to find out which lock is best for you. 

As an example, a Yale smart lock may cost more than a simpler euro cylinder lock. 

3. National vs Local

This can be the difference from paying for a cheap locksmith or an expensive locksmith. 

A lot of national companies can be double or in some cases even triple the price of a normal local locksmith. 

The reason for this is a few things: 
1. They actually hire a local locksmith to do the job and just take a commission, this can double the price you pay. 

2. They normally charge VAT. So you’re always paying at least 20% more. 

3. They generally charge a call out fee, which gets added to your original bill. 

 

In conclusion, If you’re looking for locksmith prices or want to know how to get a cheap locksmith, its important to do your due diligence. 

We would recommend trying to hire someone who you know is local, with a good reputation as this will mean the job is done right, and at a fair price.