Do you need a locksmith? In most cases the homeowner does not need to hire a locksmith to change out a standard lockset or deadbolt.
With that said, many instances come to mind where a locksmith is needed. As a general rule, the more expensive the entry way and lockset, the more likely you are to need a locksmith. Another reason to use a locksmith is to have the keying changed on existing locksets to match your new key.
Most homes today have standard fixtures manufactured by the top 4 lock makers. These are highly standardized and easily swapped out by an experienced handyman.
If you are choosing the hardware, buy the more expensive off the shelf brand. It will install more easily and last longer. When purchasing multiple locksets the manufacturers are now coding the boxes so that you can purchase sets with identical keying. If this is not available, your handyman should be requesting that the home improvement counter cut matching keys at the time of purchase. They will usually provide this service at no extra charge.
Cost to change a single door with a lockset and a deadbolt:
- Lockset and Deadbolt
- Labor 1 hour
- Total materials and labor: $95
Cost to change locksets on multiple doors:
- Locksets and Deadbolts
- Labor 1/2 hour per door
- Total materials and labor: $75 per door.