Lockout situations happen all the time but there is still no better cure than a good locksmith service. The house lockout service is likely the most requested among other locksmith services. People need a locksmith to unlock their houses in different situations. Each situation needs a specific solution. But we can classify all lockout situations into 2 main categories:
You’ve lost the keys
In that situation, you need a locksmith to make a new key. That service won’t cost you a lot. A simple solution for a locked door. But if you think that your keys were stolen, then better ask the tech to replace the whole lock. This service is more expensive, but the exact price depends on the cost of the lock you need. Just to be sure that no one dangerous found (or stole) your keys (especially if there was some information about you, your home, etc) spend some extra money on a new lock. The locksmith will gladly help you to choose the right lock at an affordable price. You can ask for help in Sure Lock & Key, the company that provides locksmith services for more than 35 years.
Accidentally locked yourself inside or outside
If you accidentally locked yourself outside or inside your house and the lock has no issues, then the opening will rather be cheap. But very often lockout situations happen due to lock’s malfunctioning and then you may need a new lock as well.
The best way to save your time and money in the long run is to install a good lock.
Is there something else that can influence the price? Yes, besides whether you need or no a new key or a new lock, the final price can vary depending on:
If you choose a locksmith company from far above your neighborhood, then you’re going to pay more. Here we have another big disadvantage of such choice: the further your locksmith is from you, the longer you will wait for him to open your house. Helpful lifehack for the future: choose a reliable and trusted locksmith company near you and save their contacts. And if you need them, you can contact them and get the locksmith help asap.
If you need a locksmith service after hours, you will pay more. But it isn’t a problem to find a locksmith company that provides 24-hour locksmith services at a reasonable price. For example, you can try Sure Lock & Key, one of the best locksmith companies that offer after hours locksmith service.
The way a locksmith opens a lock
To open a locked door a qualified locksmith uses different techniques, specialized tools, and his own experience. There are 2 main methods to open the locked door: non-destructive or destructive door opening. A responsible and honest locksmith will always try the non-destructive methods first. To hire one of these you can contact Sure Lock & Key and be calm about the quality of locksmith service you get. The most popular non-destructive entry techniques are attempting to pick the lock, sliding the latch back by hand, using bump keys to “twist” the pins. Also, the locksmith can use different tools such as trip wire, modified hex keys, electric pick gun, mortice lock decoders, letterbox tool, etc. If one of these methods worked and your door is open now, then the final price will rather be cheap. Moreover, you don’t need to pay for a new lock and door repair (yes, that can happen too). If none of the non-destructive approaches doesn’t work, then the locksmith has to attempt destructive opening. He will drill a lock out or will try to open the door by using force. In that case, you will have to pay not only for locksmith service but also for a new lock.
As you can see, pricing in the locksmith area is a difficult and lenghty process.