Cost to Replace a Lockset

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.


24 thoughts on “Cost to Replace a Lockset”

  1. $75 per door, assuming set is provided. We suggest using quicksets locks that can be rekeyed without a locksmith, saving you time and money in the future. We are a licensed, insured and bonded company that services the Solano County Area.

    1. price is good but real locksmith know what is junk not handyman. and if your going to sound like you know what your are talking about spell it correctly Kwikset not quickset. this is why i would never trust a handyman other then easy stuff to do. and if you were licensed why would you not want to be call a Contractor. i have a $10 tool to open your can be rekeyed without a locksmith lock.

      1. Me too… My #10 US Army combat boot will open that door you just re-keyed yourself in about 5 seconds. Part of what you pay a locksmith or contractor for is the experience they carry in their heads. Like throw those screws away that came with your lock… even the ‘long’ ones and sink 4″ screws into the frame of the house, minimum of two for your knob strike plate, 4 for your deadbolt, and 1 or 2 on each hinge. I do this on every door I re-key as a courtesy, where most handymen I have encountered don’t even understand that a $350 Medeco lock is no better than a $30 Kwikset if it is installed improperly or on a door that most people could kick in without much difficulty.
        Whats an extra $20 when it comes to the safety of your home and your family. Hire a bonded professional, and ask if these things have been done on your entry doors.

        1. I want to know the cost to change a single door with a lockset and a deadbolt. what is your phone number so that I can call U and discuss.

      2. Well, I would never use that K bra nd but I (homeowner, DIYer) can’t spell Shlage and can do better tban a pro…a friend locked himsclf out of my house, had a professional locksmith break open and replace. Crap chepo lockset compared to what I paid a premium to install/replace myself on front door initially in 20 min. The licensed pro did not match the set in color, quality, or shape. Cost my friend 120 plus another 150 to have me replace it again. Smart locksmith would have put the replacement on the side door and keyed it the same. I could have lived with the ugly one there.

      3. Well Don, I am a Carpenter, 36 yrs. old and I have been doing this for 20 yrs. now and to me it sounds like you don’t know what you are talking about. Also, you might want to check your own punctuation sir, before calling someone else out on theirs.

      4. Sounds like somebody’s afraid of a little competition believe me a handyman if he knows what he’s doing is more than capable of putting in a lock and usually gives the customer options on locks. He can point them in the right direction but it really comes down to if the customer wants to spend the money or not.

    2. Diane Desjardins

      I need to have new keys for two doors. It’s a rental that I recently sold. I lost my keys and renter is refusing to give me his keys.

  2. I agree with John on the screws as I have been doing that same very thing for years. I wont buy Kwickset myself because they are cheaper than most locks and tell clients to spring for a few extra bucks. Re keying is slowly becoming a thing of the past with numerical locks becoming more popular and keys slowly fading out.

    As far as the childish comment by Jon I would not be throwing stones at someone for spelling a product name wrong when you cannot even put a capitol letter at the beginning of a sentence.

    As far as why someone would put handyman instead of contractor well lets see, all he stated in his comment section is,”We are a licensed, insured and bonded company”. Never did it say he was a licensed contractor, he merely stated he was licensed, and that his business is insured and bonded non of that means that he has a contractor license.

    This link is for people who are open minded and trying to give quotes, dont cut anyone down unless you can manage a somewhat intelligible sentence that doesn’t have to be read five times so that someone can take a stab in the dark about what in the world you are talking about.

    1. Way to go Kelly! Last thing anyone wants to read is dribble from want- know-it-alls. We just want opinions and facts, not a cheesy blog like the other sites. As far as installing locks, I believe as a experienced consumer, I would take my chances on word of mouth regarding the character of any Handyman over a licensed, bonded super-duper contractor. Everyone with any intelligence knows the bigger contractors with all the bells and whistles have to charge and gouge the consumer to pay for their overhead. Furthermore, the bigger Contractors usually send out little green horns that don’t know which way their own shorts should face. Give me a break!!

      Good Luck

  3. JoshuaAndrew Wallace

    I enjoyed the comments section… I actually started a handyman business back in June of this year (2014). Tired of working for the man… So far it’s been good to my family and me. I charged $65 for a lock set I changed recently and I felt like that was a lot to ask but I guess it seems to be an appropriate thing to charge the prices I’ve been seeing… I’m thankful for the comment on the extra screws on the doors hinges. I guess I just assumes that it was always done during installation but I guess assumptions can be… Bad… I’ll be sure to check that from now on here on out. Thanks guys.
    Joshua Andrew

  4. As a handyman, I charge a minimum of $75 for a service call. That would include the 1st door. $35 for each additional door.

    Many of my customers purchase the what they want ahead of time, but for an additional charge for the time and materials, I am happy to pick up the materials for my customer’s convenience.

  5. I’m a licensed and insured home improvement contractor in NJ. Installing locksets is usually a fairly easy job but it can be a can or worms once in a while. I always start at an hourly rate of $75 for the first hour and $50 for each additional hour. If it’s just one lockset and it goes in quickly I might reduce the price to as low as $25, especially for my regular customers. They appreciate the discount and always call me for their bigger jobs.

    1. This is exactly the same pricing I use. Even the part about dropping it to $25 for regular customers. If I happen to be there for another project I usually reduce the price to $25-$30. You are also correct about the can of worms bit, sometimes they can be a pain. Myrtle Beach, SC.

  6. Graham Bolton

    What would the labor charge be to replace all interior and exterior door hardware (hinge, knob, latch, strike plate, dead bolt) just to update the existing color. Not including material cost. I have 10 interior doors and 3 exterior w/dead bolts.
    I’m looking for a low-high price estimate. Zip code 28079. Thank you, you time is appreciated!

  7. How much would be reasonable to charge for installing a Samsung finger touch smart door lock on an entrance door to a home ??

  8. Hello ~ will someone please let me know what a reasonable offer to a handyman be in Omaha NE, if I needed someone to 1. Re-key a deadbolt and the bottom door knob (I will have the materials. and I cannot change the current key I am a renter with a landlord who doesn’t have a problem with tenants making any changes) 2. Change out a kitchen faucet (I will have the new faucet -it’s not changing any configurations -same 4 hole (8 in)wide spread) and 3. Change out a ceiling fan that will be going from one that hangs down a bit now -and I need it flush mounted. So I will have the new fan as well.

    This is all strictly labor – I don’t want to be insulting to someone but I am not rich so -I need the cost to be fair and reasonable.

    I estimated 210.00 -am I way off? I can’t afford more so I will fore-go any upgrades if it would be a lot more.

    Thank you!

  9. Kelly, You tell em girl. Your comments show class. That being said, I agree with you and John with regard to securing strike plates and hinges with 4 inch screws sunk into the studs. I have done this for many years, also with excellent results preventing break ins. However for deadbolts I prefer the strikers to be the larger ones that use 6 screws. I’ve had clients call and report damage to a door indicative of attempted break ins that failed. I once saw a door I had secured for a client, that had been battered with a sledge hammer, and did not give way. May I also add that all the screws and locks won’t help you much if the door just breaks away because it’s one of the cheaper ones I too frequently see used today. I would suggest that anyone serious about the security of their home/business see that 4 inch screws are installed as John and Kelly both suggested. I believe that it might even be more important than which lock is used. Provided of course you don’t get too poor a lock. Unless there is some sort of problem I charge $75 labor for 1 door and 50 for each after that. In that I include 4 inch screws except on rare occasions when the client does not want them. I also include the deadbolt striker I spoke of if the client is willing to pay for the cost of the striker itself.

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