How Much Does A Locksmith Cost?
Posted on 14th, Jul 2017
Raising the level of security on your property is one of the best things you can do for keeping your office, home and property safe. Many wonder how much a locksmith costs, what factors affect their pricing, and how to negotiate with them for a better price.
These questions can be complicated because no one price fits all the bills. There can be a great variation between what different locksmiths charge for the same – or similar – job.
The cost of a locksmith depends upon who you call!
a) Professional locksmith vs unqualified locksmith
Anyone can operate as a Locksmith legally regardless of age, experience or criminal record. Which is why it is important to first make sure that you are dealing with a reliable, professional and trustworthy locksmith.
An unqualified locksmith could do a substandard job on your property and overcharge you for it. A rogue tradesman might quote you $100 but bill you $1,000 in the end. To prevent this it is better to insist on a fixed price, or at least get a worst case scenario price so there is no chance of getting ripped off in the end.
On the other hand, a professional and reliable locksmith will get the job done effectively and efficiently and charge a very reasonable price that is negotiated at the start.
b) Local locksmith vs national locksmith
You should be aware of the physical location of the company when calling a locksmith. Most of these companies are only ‘middle men’ firms who set up websites and advertise in the local directories and do not actually employ local locksmiths.
Most of the national companies simply subcontract the work out to a local locksmith when a customer wants to use their service, paying the locksmith only a fraction of the price the company charges the customer. You can cut off the national company ‘middle man’ by using a local company and save you a fortune on the cost of locksmith services, while helping your community too.
c) Home-based locksmith vs shop-based locksmith
A shop based locksmith will cost more as compared to a home-based locksmith because rent, bills and stock, etc of the shop all are paid for by charging higher prices to the customer. Whereas a home based locksmith only pays for things like stock and the fuel used driving to jobs so he can charge lower prices comparatively.
While it feels like a good proposition, companies with physical addresses usually come with a certified staff and work guarantees, which means you will have peace of mind and better security.
The level of service the Sydney locksmith company offers
You must keep in mind that the cost you incur depends primarily on the type of service you request for. Do not expect the same price for each and every service because every service requires a different amount of skill, strength and obviously time. However, the logic is simple: the more difficult a lock is to operate, more will be the cost of a locksmith service.
Choosing the wrong locksmith could cost you both money and your security in the long run. Also, realize when you pay a locksmith you are not only paying for the materials but also for their expertise and experience and putting your trust in their ability to secure your property.
NJs Locksmith is your local Sydney-based residential, commercial and automotive locksmiths. If you want us to quote you a price for a service, just call us at 0415 680 062 and be sure that there will never be any hidden, last-minute charges.