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Keytek

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

Keytek Locksmiths has been established for over 15 years and are the UK’s largest national emergency locksmiths. Whether you are locked out, moving house, office or simply need to update your security our local mobile locksmiths will be there to help you.

Trades serviced: Burglar Repairs, Door Opening, Door Replacement, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith, Garage doors - installation / repair

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Reviewed by Shamsun on 21/5/2018

reliable man and great work thank you

TheOddJobManCo. is built on the fact that families are nowadays, busier than ever and as a result do not have time to do everything them selves. Understanding that, any spare time is valuable. With a wide range of skills we are sure to get the job done.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet Cleaning, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Decorative Glazing

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Reviewed by Wai Tak on 20/5/2018

Would like to have them back! Thanks so much!

tom/eliot

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

A professional reliable local service,We carry out repairs/renewals and maintenance to homes and gardens. We specialise in Fencing,Brickwork,Roofing, Plastering and Painting. References and rateings available.We are always happy to help, just ask!

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith, External Rendering

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Reviewed by Dale on 18/5/2018

Great job. Simple and straightforward to deal with. Recommended.

Almega

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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hi i have been 35 years in the building trade working from foundations to roofs and all aspects of building and maintenance and construction . any questions you may have feel free to ask thanks

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Patricia on 16/5/2018

More than satisfied with William's work. Will be using him in the future.

KScompany

Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

we are company with just over 6yr experience, house and garden maintenance, clearance, painting & decorating, housekeeping etc..!! Fully insured!

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Burglar Repairs

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Reviewed by Gordon on 15/5/2018

Very good job can recommend Vlad and will use him again

I'm a one man team, been in the building trade since I was 15 years old, I'm a carpenter by trade but have put my hand to most trades in my many years of working,

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Door / Window painting

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Reviewed by Ivan on 15/5/2018

Job was done quick and well. Will use again in the future

Dedicated to Bulding work carpenter, tiling, painting and decoration, brick work, flooring, locksmith and general handyman service including gardening. All work we made is based on quality. Reasonable prices and nice job done.

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith

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Reviewed by Declan on 15/5/2018

Offered to turn up on Sunday - very convenient for me. Fiddly jobs completed well - very happy customer. Would recommend and would use again - thanks ???? Angelo.

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by Hanif on 15/5/2018

Excellent job by Tomasz. Polite, tidy and helpful.

We are a 24hr locksmith based in south london. We offer, Alarm ,access control ,entry phones and locksmithing services all at cheap and reasonable prices. All work is covered by Public Liability insurance. No call out charge, Quick and reliable service

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Burglar, security & intruder alarm installation, CCTV installation, Emergency / 24 hour locksmith, Lock fitting / Repair

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Reviewed by Sandra on 14/5/2018

I chose the right tradesmen when I contacted Paul. He turned up on time and did an excellent job at fitting two brand new locks on two doors. He did a great job cleaning up after and his price was good. I wil highly recommend Paul for future jobs. I will definitely keep Paul's contact and use him again

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Burglar Repairs

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Reviewed by Andrej on 14/5/2018

Always on time, job done as agreed, cleaned after themselves. Good plumber, would definitely recommend.

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Emergency / 24 hour locksmith specialists - what you need to know

If you’re unfortunate enough to lock yourself out of your home (or need to repair a faulty or temperamental lock), then you’ll need the services of an emergency or 24-hour locksmith. Your knight in shining armour, they’ll arrive and rescue you or secure your home – depending on the jam you find yourself in. 

Locksmiths don’t just fix broken locks or cut new keys. They deal with all things security-related, from high-tech digital access systems and burglar alarms, to more traditional deadbolts and doorknobs – ensuring all bases are covered.

You might be tempted to do this kind of work yourself. But if locks are ill-fitted, you risk your security (as well as potentially invalidating your home and contents insurance). Find a professional locksmith, and they’ll be able to advise you on (and properly fit) the most appropriate locks for your house.

Cost of emergency locksmith services

An emergency locksmith should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cost of hiring them will vary depending on the time of day and scope of the job.

Typical fees, labour only, are:

  • Replace a budget lock: £100-£150+
  • Replace an advanced anti-snap lock: £125-£175+
  • Lost keys or remove a broken key (no new lock required): £50-£150+

Locksmith prices – what affects the quote?

Your locksmith may charge more (or less) depending on:

  • The size of the job. Many locksmiths charge an hourly rate, so changing one lock at your property could take an hour. Multiple changes, not surprisingly, can take several hours.
  • Additional parts. Any parts that are required will also affect your quote. This is often necessary if you have a snapped lock or cylinder, or if a lock can’t be repaired. The specific lock needed will depend on what type of door you have (and, potentially, on your insurance policy).
  • Call-out fees and 24-hour service charges. Emergency locksmiths are likely to charge a different fee for more inconvenient hours, usually between 6pm and 8am. They may include a call-out fee too.

While there are lots of variables when it comes to the cost of hiring an emergency locksmith, they should be able to accurately quote for the work upfront.

How to choose your locksmith

Here are some credentials to help you decide which locksmith is right for you.

  • Specialists in the work you need. Some locksmiths may have extensive experience in alarm systems, while others will focus on replacing and repairing locks. There are also auto locksmiths who can help if you’re having problems with your car’s security.
  • Emergency or 24-hour services. If the nature of your job is urgent, this is a must.
  • An accreditation from the Master Locksmiths Association. MLA-accredited locksmiths must undergo comprehensive inspections, so you can trust their expertise.
  • Warranty. Some locksmiths will offer a warranty on their work – it’s worth enquiring about this when your professional provides a quote.

The qualifications your locksmith needs

There are currently no legal regulations in the industry, meaning a locksmith doesn’t need a licence or qualifications. However, many locksmiths choose to gain training or accreditation through recognised bodies such as the MLA.

While MLA membership is a good indicator of a locksmith being well-established and reputable, it’s equally important to consider the experience they have built up.

Planning permission for locksmith jobs

You won’t require planning permission to change your locks, but you may require it when making more significant changes to your home (like replacing doors or windows).

Insurance for locksmith work

While a locksmith doesn’t require any legal insurance, a reputable tradesperson will have public liability insurance to protect against any accidental damage.

You’ll also need to review your home insurance documents, which will determine what type of locks and security measures are necessary for your policy.

Questions you should ask your locksmith

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Do they have plenty of relevant experience?
  • Can they provide a warranty on their work?
  • Can they provide other services such as burglar alarms, and auto security?

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