Why Does A Locksmith Cost So Much?

Locksmiths play an incredibly important role in making sure your home, or business, is safe and secure. But when you need to call a locksmith, you might find yourself questioning the price they quote you. Even the cheapest locksmiths have faced scrutiny for their pricing (usually for different reasons), but most are asked the question – ‘why do you charge so much’? We wanted to tackle this question head-on and share the factors that make up our pricing decisions, so you know exactly what you’re paying for, and why.

Training and Certifications

While the locksmith industry isn’t regulated, there is a lot of work that goes into a reputable, professional locksmith. For the team at My Locks that means hundreds of hours of training, sitting exams and certifications and going through the gruelling challenges to become a Master Locksmith. On top of that, there are some pretty strict security standards we have to meet when installing security products. And it’s not just learning it once – we also need to stay up-to-date with the latest security technology to provide the best possible service to our customers.


One of the main things that drives up the price of a locksmith is the availability. A bit like 24/7 plumbers, emergency locksmiths need to be available 24/7, 365 days a year. After all, emergencies can, and do, happen at any time, and so locksmiths need to be able to respond quickly and efficiently. At My Locks, our locksmiths often have to work outside of regular business hours, which means that you may need to pay a premium for late or out-of-hours calls.

The Right Tools

Never underestimate the value of having the right tools for the right job. Locksmiths will have a wide range of specialised tools and equipment in their kit that help them do their jobs properly. A few examples of things we use include:

  • Lock picks
  • Pick guns
  • Tension tools
  • Key-cutting machines
  • Clamps
  • Lubricant
  • Extractors
  • Impression tools

And many more besides. All of these tools can be costly to buy and maintain, which is one of the reasons locksmiths choose the pricing brackets they do.

Door-to-Door Service

Due to the nature of our jobs, locksmiths don’t really work from home. We go to the customer, no matter where they are, or what time it is. This might mean driving long distances, paying for parking or tolls, and spending time travelling to job sites. All of this is incredibly convenient for you as a customer, but it all adds up. So depending on where you are and where the locksmith is based, you might find the price goes up to cover the cost of that convenient door-to-door service.

Quality Guarentee

A big advantage when using a locksmith is that their work comes guaranteed. At least, the good ones are! By doing a little due diligence you can find a reputable locksmith who is happy to guarantee the quality of their workmanship. Which means if anything does go wrong with the work they do, they will be willing to come out and put it right. At My Locks, we provide a full guarantee, and are always happy to make good on any issues reported to us, free of charge.

Extra Security

It’s also important to think about the value of the security services that a locksmith can provide. After all, it’s not just cutting keys and opening broken locks! We can also provide you with a free security check on all of your doors and systems, as well as free advice on how to make your home more secure. Our skilled locksmiths can help give you peace of mind by ensuring that your property is protected, and that you and your family are safe. When you think about it like that, extra security is worth the extra cost.

At My Locks Locksmiths we pride ourselves on being fully-fledged members of the Master Locksmiths Association, which means each and every one of our locksmiths are fully vetted and trained. It adds to our collection of other industry certifications, all of which say the same thing. You can trust us to do what’s right for you and your locks, and we have the badges to prove it! If you’d like to know more, just get in touch with the team today.