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Cost guide: locksmiths

Find out how much a door lock replacement might cost, and likely charges for calling out an emergency locksmith.

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Our figures are only a guide to average costs¹, and there are several factors that can affect how much you’ll be charged, including:

  • where you live
  • how long the job takes
  • the type, size and brand of lock being used
  • whether the lock meets the British Standard for theft resistance
  • whether it’s an emergency call-out and the time of the visit (evenings and weekends will usually cost more).

Ask locksmiths to break down the quotes they provide, so you know what you’re being charged for. It’s a good idea to get more than one quote to get a better idea of the going rate for your particular requirements.

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Emergency locksmith costs

Unless otherwise specified, prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.



Irice range

Remove a broken key from a lock

Remove key without replacing the cylinder (cost is for labour only).


Re-gain entry to property

Open one standard mortice lock and one standard rim lock.


Cost to change locks

Unless otherwise specified, prices include labour and materials but exclude VAT.



Irice range

Changing a standard lock on a uPVC door

Replace a Euro profile cylinder lock.


Changing an anti-snap lock on a uPVC door

Replace an anti-snap Euro profile cylinder lock.


Changing a mortice lock

Replace a mortice lock. This might require some work on the door to fit the lock successfully.


Changing a yale lock

Replace lock on a wooden door.


Changing locks when you move house

If you’ve moved into a new property, you should change the locks as soon as you can, to keep your home secure and make sure your home insurance is valid.

Before hiring a locksmith, ask your insurer what ‘grade’ of lock they require. If the wrong lock is fitted, your insurance company could use it as a reason not to pay out in the event of a claim. Windows should also be secured with key-operated locks in order to satisfy insurers.

A good locksmith will also be able to give you advice about what types of locks are most appropriate for your home.

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¹Costs were checked and updated in 2018.