Last Updated Jan 17, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider
How much does a locksmith cost? It's not an easy question to answer because locksmiths can do far more than you might expect them to do. Their costs will depend on the type of job they do, the time of day, the complexity of the job and other factors. Here's what you need to know about locksmiths, the jobs they do and their costs.
When we think of locksmiths, we often think of two things. A locksmith might work in a stall in a shopping centre and make new keys or we might need a locksmith's emergency services when we get locked out of our house or car. Actually, trained locksmiths can do much more than those jobs:
These are some of the more basic jobs most locksmiths can do, but many go beyond these basic services. Some may be able to:
Emergency services are part of a locksmith's trade. A good locksmith can come to your house or car at any time to help you gain access to the house or car. They can also provide you with new keys or do whatever it takes to allow you to have access to your house, car or commercial property.
A locksmith will come to your premises in a van fully equipped with everything the locksmith needs to get a job done. This includes both jobs done during normal working hours and emergency services. If it's an emergency, they can allow you access to your home, commercial property or car and fix the problem on the spot without having to return to a separate location. The only exception will be if you need a new lock and door handle. They may not have the right parts on hand in the van, but can give you secure entry and finish the job later.
Locksmiths can also inspect all the locks in your home or business and give you advice on how to increase security. They may suggest installing security doors, deadbolts, locks on windows, locks on garages or other locks as needed. They will give you a quote for the price of everything and you can choose which items you think you need. As an amateur, you may overlook some important factors about your locks:
Indoor locks do not have to meet the standards set for outdoor locks, which are exposed to the weather. An experienced locksmith will make sure the locks they install meet or exceed Australian standards.
Not all locksmiths can do all the same jobs. Some are specialists and some have a broader range of abilities. When choosing a locksmith, these are the key things to look for:
Most locksmiths will give you an estimate of the cost of their services. However, an estimate is just an estimate. When they arrive, they may see something you have overlooked and may have to charge more.
Never hire a locksmith who does not carry insurance and bond coverage. A good locksmith will belong to a professional organisation such as the Master Locksmiths Association of Australia. Their membership will be your assurance that the locksmith you choose is:
Locksmiths in general take their work seriously and are fully qualified to make a home or business secure. Most will belong to a professional organisation, be insured and have a registered business. It's a good idea to ask anyway, since locksmiths aren't required to hold a licence. However, in many states they are required to have a security licence just as anyone working in the security industry needs a licence.
The average yearly salary of locksmiths in Australia is $61,000. The cost of their services will depend on several factors. During normal working hours, you will get a cheaper rate. Some typical costs during normal working hours may be:
These are approximate prices only and may not include the call out rate of approximately $65 to $110. Considering the fact that a locksmith has to come to your home and do the work, the prices above are very reasonable when you take travel time into consideration.
On average, locksmiths may charge (not including the call out fee):
After hours work can be quite a bit more expensive. Some typical after hours charges may be:
Locksmith costs can vary widely and it may depend on the complexity of the job. For example, you might pay:
These costs will not include the call out fee if the locksmith comes to your home.
Locksmith costs can vary depending on the services you need, their rates and travel time. Always get 3 quotes from locksmiths and try to find one who is located in your suburb. More travel time often means higher call out rates. Always look for a locksmith who is insured, bonded and belongs to a professional association that checks their qualifications, insurance and other factors. A locksmith may also need a security licence in some states. Rather than find the cheapest locksmith, find the most qualified locksmith that charges a lower rate than another locksmith may charge.
*Costs and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.
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