We've all been there — when our keys played hide-and-seek and when that once dependable lock refused to budge. After we've tried everything we can think of, our minds turn to locksmiths. Let's face it; we never think about them any other time, but they're almost first responders — a vital service in a time of need.
Naturally, we ask ourselves if we know one, soon followed by wondering "How much does a locksmith cost?" That's a question we can help answer. Let's look at how much you can expect to pay.
The answer to how much a locksmith's fee is isn't simple. Their services aren't one-size-fits-all, so you should expect different factors to affect the fees. Typically, the final bill will comprise the costs of the parts and labor.
Rekeying involves changing the lock's internal configuration to work with a new key. There are several reasons you might want this, such as if you're moving into a new home or you want to restrict access to certain individuals. The locksmith will disassemble the lock, replace the pins inside and give you a new set of keys. Rekeying can cost between $70 and $160 (CAD 100 and CAD 220) per lock. Keep in mind that the cost will vary based on the type of lock and the locksmith's pricing structure.
There'll likely come a time when you lose your keys. Usually, you'll find them again — probably in that place you already looked. But if you've hunted high and low to no avail, you'll need key duplication services. Locksmiths use specialized machines to shape precise copies of your existing keys. It's a simple procedure but can become complicated if it's a high-security key with a chip inside. Therefore, you can expect to pay around $10 (CAD 14) for a basic key and upward of $25 (CAD 35) for a specialized one.
Installing a lock is putting one somewhere that didn't have a lock before. Lock replacement is usually if the existing lock can't be repaired or the person is upgrading their level of security. On request, locksmiths will recommend the right lock for your needs and install it. The cost of lock replacement varies depending on factors such as the type and number of locks and the complexity of the installation. Prices can range from $50 to $300 (CAD 70 to CAD 415) per lock.
Few situations involving locks are more stressful than getting shut out of your house. If this happens, you should call a professional locksmith because forcing your way in could damage your property and ultimately cost you more money. Numerous factors can affect costs, including the type of lock and the time of day. Typically, a locksmith will charge between $50 and $75 (CAD 70 and CAD 105) per hour.
Being locked out of your car is inconvenient and potentially dangerous, especially if you're stranded in an unfamiliar location. Resolving a lockout can cost between $60 and $150 (CAD 85 and CAD 210). Locksmiths can provide new locks and keys for cars as well, but you should give serious thought to this before making a decision because you may invalidate your insurance, guarantees or warranties.
Modern locksmiths aren't only lock experts; they also install security systems. They can install an array of features, such as motion-sensor alarms, high-resolution cameras and various access-control systems. Security system installation costs can vary widely, depending on the complexity of the system and the specific features you require. The average cost is $475 (CAD 655), but it can be as low as $200 (CAD 275) or more than $1,150 (CAD 1580) for higher-end systems.
Emergencies can strike at any time — sometimes in the dead of night. Fortunately, locksmiths do night calls. However, it probably won't surprise you that the locksmith's prices are much higher than during the day. You should expect to pay anywhere between $150 and $250 (CAD 210 and CAD 345) per hour. It's costly but better than being locked out of your home or car at night.