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  • Locked out of your house? How frustrating! But it happens to the best of us. Don’t panic. You can simply call a locksmith to help you get back in. But before you call, you may have some questions, such as: How much does a locksmith cost to unlock a house door? How will I prove that I actually live here? Will the lock have to be broken and replaced afterwards? If so, how much will that cost? 

    Read on for answers to your most pressing questions about residential locksmith services. 

    How much does a locksmith charge to unlock a house door?

    The average price range for a residential lock out is $60-$90. A locksmith has the necessary equipment and knowledge to pick your lock and get you back into your home relatively quickly. High security locks may take a bit longer to get into, and therefore cost a bit more. The range for high security locks is $85-$225. Screen door locks range anywhere from $45-$125. Keyless deadbolts and sliding door locks usually cost around $45. Pricing for residential locksmith services is mostly based on the time it takes to pick the lock. 

    How will I prove that I am the owner of my home?

    The locksmith will want to verify that you are the owner of the home. Proof of ownership must be provided before the locksmith can open the lock. Usually an ID with the correct address on it as well as a bill or some other official document with your address and name on it will do. Some documentation can be accessed online, such as property tax records. In most cases some form of verification can be found in order to proceed. 

    Will the locksmith have to break my lock or do other damage that will need to be repaired? 

    In most cases a locksmith, with their expertise and equipment, can pick your lock without causing any damage to the lock, door, or door frame. That is one major advantage to calling a locksmith rather than attempting to break into your home yourself. You may be able to break down the door or break the lock with a tool or other object, but then you could have damage to repair afterwards. Of course if there is an emergency (if someone is in danger or if there is a fire) and you can’t wait for a locksmith, do whatever is necessary to get inside. 

    What if my key has broken off and is stuck inside the lock? 

    This is a common problem. When a key is old or worn out and you have trouble turning it in the lock, there is the potential for the key to break off with a piece stuck inside the lock. A locksmith can help in this situation, removing the broken piece of the key and even creating a new key for you from the broken pieces. 

    Will emergency service cost more?

    Are you also wondering how much does a locksmith cost to unlock a house door in an emergency? If you call for emergency assistance from a locksmith, either requiring fast service or after hours service, the cost may be higher. But if you have a true emergency, it may be worth paying the additional fee. However, if you have the option to wait until normal business hours or until the locksmith can get out to your home, you may pay a lower price. If the weather is bad or if you don’t feel safe, go to a neighbor’s house to wait for the locksmith, or stay at a friend’s house until the next morning when you are able to call a locksmith during normal business hours. 

    Locked Out? Call Texas Premier Locksmith

    If you’re looking for a Dallas locksmith, Texas Premier Locksmith serves Dallas and the surrounding area. When you’re locked out of your home or car, it can be frustrating and even scary. We respond quickly to calls so that you can get back in right away. 

    Call (866) 948-8188 today or request service. We are standing by to help you get through any door you’re locked out of.