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Last updated on February 1st, 2024

Locksmith prices for 2024

Whether you get locked out of the house or you just want to upgrade your door locks, a locksmith can help. Here, we'll break down the average locksmith prices in the UK and the common jobs you might need them for.

Fast Facts

  • Average locksmith prices are around £65 per hour during standard working hours.
  • It costs around £100 to change a Yale lock during normal business hours.
  • If it’s an emergency, most locksmiths will charge a callout fee of around £50 to £150.

Locked out of your home? Need to replace your door locks? Or fancy a security upgrade?

For the security of your home, it’s important to hire a reputable and reliable locksmith. Here, we’ll break down the average locksmith prices for 2024 and share some handy tips so you don’t get overcharged.

What are typical locksmith prices?

Locksmith prices are normally around £65 per hour during normal business hours.

However, locksmith prices can vary based on lots of different things, including:

  • The type and number of locks
  • The time of callout
  • Your location

While most locksmiths will charge you an hourly rate (on top of the cost of locks and materials), some will charge you a set price for specific jobs.

In this guide, we’ll break down the typical locksmith prices for the most common jobs in the UK. Plus, we’ll look at how much emergency locksmiths charge and show you how your location can impact your locksmith cost.

How much does it cost to change door locks?

The most common job that British homeowners need a locksmith for is to replace the locks – whether that’s one lock or all the locks on your property.

This could be because you’ve bought a new home, your old locks are wearing out or you want to upgrade your property’s security.

The average cost to change a Yale lock during normal business hours is around £100 per lock (materials and labour).

On the other hand, a standard uPVC door lock will cost about £125 per lock. Or, you could expect to pay around £150 per lock for the supply and installation of an anti-snap uPVC lock.

JobRange - LowRange - HighAverage cost
Change standard uPVC lock£100£150£125
Change anti-snap uPVC lock£125£175£150
Change a yale lock£90£120£100
Garage door lock replacement£80£90£85
Patio door lock replacement£90£100£95
Replace nightlatch£85£95£90
Rim cylinder replacement£70£80£75
Replace mortice lock£115£165£140
Change all locks (2 exterior doors + windows)£400£600£500

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Types of lock

As you can see, the type of lock will be one of the main factors influencing the price you pay for your locksmith. Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common locks you’re likely to find in the UK.

  • Mortice locks are among the most common types of locks in British homes and sit flush within the door structure.
  • Nightlatches are often referred to as ‘secondary locks’ and come in standard and deadlock versions. Popular Yale locks are mainly nightlatches.
  • Anti-snap uPVC locks prevent locks from snapping. They’re difficult to break in and are used predominantly on UPVC doors.
  • Multi-point locking systems have a minimum of three locking points that lock simultaneously. As they’re most commonly used on uPVC doors, they’re commonly known as uPVC locks.

Not sure what kind of lock you have or need? Our guide to exterior door lock types can help. Or just ask your locksmith to recommend which kind of lock is best suited to your doors, security needs and budget.

Locksmith changing door lock

Average locksmith hourly rates

A locksmith usually costs somewhere in the region of £65 per hour during standard working hours. However, the average locksmith hourly rate can vary depending on the time of day (or night) that you need them.

If you need an emergency locksmith out of hours, then many locksmiths will charge a tiered hourly rate. Here are some of the rates you might expect to pay based on the time you call.

Callout timeAverage locksmith hourly rate
8am - 6pm£65 per hour
6am-8am / 6pm-8pm£75 per hour
8pm-midnight£85 per hour
Midnight - 6am£120 per hour

How much does an emergency locksmith cost?

Emergency locksmith jobs will always cost more than non-urgent work carried out during normal business hours. Most locksmiths will charge an upfront emergency callout charge, which will be in the region of £50 to £150.

Locksmiths will also increase their hourly rate for any emergency or out-of-hours jobs. You can expect to pay up to double their usual charges, sometimes even more.

Emergency jobRange - LowRange - HighAverage cost
Out of hours callout fee£50£150£100
Out of hours hourly rate£80£200£140
Emergency boarding up--£200
Remove a broken key from lock without replacing cylinder (labour only)£80£100£90
Regain entry to a property £90£130£110

Out-of-hours locksmith cost

An average out-of-hours locksmith rate can be anywhere from £80 to £200 per hour. This includes work done in the evening, at weekends and on bank holidays.

However, bear in mind that there is no government licensing for locksmiths. This means emergency locksmiths can charge however much they like. So, always gather multiple quotes to find the best price for their services.

Cost of removing a broken key

Has your key snapped off in the lock? To remove a broken key from a lock without replacing the cylinder, you’re looking at an average cost of £90. This is for labour only, so bear in mind you may also have to budget for parts and materials on top.

Locksmith prices to regain entry to a property

Being locked out is a real pain, but a locksmith can easily help you get back into your home. The average cost of regaining entry to your property is about £110. This is based on opening one standard mortice lock and one standard rim lock.

Emergency boarding up locksmith prices

If you’ve been locked out and had to force entry to your home, or if you’ve suffered a burglary with damage caused, you’ll need your property boarding up. The average cost for emergency boarding up is around £200.

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How much does a locksmith cost per city?

The average cost of a locksmith will vary slightly depending on the location you’re in.

Here are some average locksmith prices broken down by location in the UK (calculated from customer feedback sent to us at Checkatrade). Bear in mind that these jobs may vary in complexity. However, the figures should give you a general idea of what an average job costs.

CityAverage cost
Bolton£140
Carlisle£131.38
Edinburgh£100
Exeter £102.54
Glasgow £142.14
Leeds £149.32
London£163.47
Sheffield £135.22

Locksmith cost calculator

To calculate the cost of hiring a locksmith, you’ll first need to know what type and quantity of locks you need their help with.

Then, you’ll need to factor in the time of the callout, the quality of the locks and the cost of any materials required for replacing locks, keys or parts.

Generally speaking, bigger and better locks cost more to fix or replace. And the more locks you need fixing, the higher the cost. This is because the job will take longer.

That said, the best way to get an accurate price for your job is to get quotes from reliable locksmiths near you.

Locksmith quotes

We always recommend getting at least three written quotes from trusted locksmiths in your area. This way, you can compare locksmiths and quotes to ensure you get the right company and price for the job.

Enter your postcode into the search box below to browse a selection of top locksmiths in your area on Checkatrade. Get in contact with your favourites to get an accurate locksmith price for your job.

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Questions to ask about a locksmith’s prices

Whatever the job is, always ask the locksmith for a breakdown of their quote before hiring them.

That way, you know what you’re paying for. And, you can more easily compare the quotes you receive.

Here are some questions to ask.

  • Is the quote an estimate or a fixed price for the job?
  • If it’s an estimate, which parts of the price could change?
  • Does the price include VAT?
  • Is labour extra and how is it charged?
  • If labour is charged at an hourly rate, how long is the job likely to take?
  • Is there an additional callout charge?
  • Does the callout charge include any work onsite?
  • Will you carry out the work yourself or subcontract?

Can I change my locks myself?

If you’re looking to save on locksmith prices, you might be considering changing your locks yourself. There’s nothing stopping you from changing your own locks from a legal standpoint. In fact, many locks are DIY-friendly.

That said, we would advise against changing your locks yourself as the security of your home isn’t something worth skimping on. If you fit the wrong lock or you fit a lock incorrectly, you could be putting your property at risk of being burgled. Or, if you fit the wrong-sized lock, this could lead to your key snapping.

Replacing locks yourself could even invalidate some home insurance policies.

Ultimately, unless you’re extremely knowledgeable about locks and British Standards, it’s best to hire a professional locksmith to do the job. They’ll be able to ensure your locks are fitted correctly, keeping your home and everything in it safe and secure.

Emergency locksmith picking door lock

Useful locksmith checklist

If you’re ready to hire a locksmith, it’s important to choose a reliable professional who you can trust.

Here’s our handy locksmith checklist to help:

1. Experience and training

Be aware that there is no official government licensing for locksmiths, so anyone can technically call themselves a locksmith.

Look for someone who has some formal training and a decent level of experience to give you confidence they can provide a high-quality service.

2. Accreditation

Locksmiths don’t legally need a license. However, using someone who is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) can reassure you that their work is going to be of a high standard.

3. Reviews

Always check to see what other homeowners have to say about a locksmith before hiring them. That way, you can be sure to hire a locksmith that others rate.

4. Insurance

Your home is one of your most prized possessions. So, make sure your locksmith is fully insured to give you peace of mind in case of any accidents.

5. Price

Always get at least three written quotes from local locksmiths to make sure you’re not overpaying for the work. Ask for a breakdown of quote costs to understand what you’re paying for.

At Checkatrade, all our Approved members have to pass up to 12 checks and are regularly reviewed by homeowners on everything from punctuality to professionalism.

Plus, when you contact a trade through Checkatrade, our guarantee could cover you for up to 12 months. You can claim up to £1,000 (exclusions and T&Cs apply).

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FAQs

How much do locksmiths charge in the UK?

Locksmiths will charge around £65 per hour during standard working hours.

How much locksmiths charge in the UK can vary widely depending on the job, type of lock, callout time and location.

Can a locksmith open a locked door?

Yes, a locksmith should easily be able to open a locked door.

Normally, locksmiths will use non-destructive methods to open locked doors so that they don’t damage your door or lock.

How much is it to change a front door lock?

The cost to change a front door lock will vary depending on the type of lock you have. The average cost to change a Yale lock is around £100 per lock (materials and labour). Meanwhile, the cost to change a standard uPVC door lock is around £125 per lock.

Bear in mind that these prices are for standard business hours. An emergency or out-of-hours callout will normally cost significantly more.

How much does it cost to change a set of locks?

That depends on the number of external doors and windows your property has. Having said that, the cost to change a set of locks will typically be around £500, assuming that your property has two external doors and multiple windows.

How much does a local locksmith cost?

Locksmith prices vary slightly depending on location. At the lower end of the scale, the average locksmith job in Edinburgh costs around £100, while the average in London costs around £163.47. 

The best way to get an accurate price for your job is to get quotes from at least three locksmiths near you.

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