There are many reasons why homeowners change their exterior door locks including moving into a home, broken or loose locks, the desire for something more secure and wanting to update the style. Whatever your reasons are, the tips in this house repairs guide will help with the work, whether you do it yourself or hire a pro for the work.
Of course, if you love your locks but want to have the tumblers changed to require new keys, your local hardware or locksmith should be able to help you with a job that requires specialty tools and parts.
We also supply a few tips for repairing locks that don’t work properly, so all sides of the issue are covered.
We start with tips focusing on repairing and replacing the exterior locks. They’ll assist you in deciding whether or not you want to tackle the work yourself. We list the costs you might incur as well as the tools and materials that will be required for the repair or replacement. Tips for saving money are included, and the last section is a list of resources you’ll find very helpful.
Here are ballpark figures for doing the work yourself or hiring someone for the job.
DIY door lock repair and replacement: These are the tools and materials needed to do the work and what they cost.
Professional door lock repair and replacement: Handymen and locksmiths often do this type of work. They might charge a minimum service fee to come to your home, and the fee is typically $40 to $125. That fee might cover the cost of a single door lock replacement, but if the seat for the latch assembly needs to be widened, the cost might be higher.
The cost to install a deadbolt lock or install locks in a new wood door without openings averages $125 to $175 when you supply the locks/handles.
How to Save Money on Exterior Door Lock Replacement
Call several companies in your area to receive estimates for the work. Among the contractors to call include locksmiths, door specialists and handyman services.
Top Home Security Info – Excellent tips and video on installing various types of door locks are available from this local home security company’s site.
Fixing Screens – This site supplies good information on replacing sliding glass door locks.
YouTube – This video from a home inspection company offers an excellent overview of door lock replacement.