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Question DetailsAsked on 12/14/2015

how much does it cost to replace a broken front door lock

The door knob broke while the front door was locked from outside. The lock and gthe panel housing the lock had to be hammered in order to open the door. Now in order to repair the broken door and replace the front door locks, what would be the estimated cost? Thanks

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Lock - typically about $100-150 installed depending on quality and if normal knob type - more for fancy plated, solid brass (as opposed to plated), oversize, high security, or handicapped type lever opening. This price assumes done along with door repair/replacement - more if requires separate trip, by maybe $50-75 or so.

Door repair/replacement - depends on the damage done. Likely repair cost if fairly minor damage that can be patched and repainted minimum probably $150-200 by a Handyman, more likely about $200-300 including repainting so it all matches or putting solid brass finish plate ovear damaged area to hide it. Replacement door panel (if available in that exact size and cost typically $250-500 range (installed) for normal run of mill in-stock store door panels without a lot of glass or fanciness, up into thousands for fancy ones. More like probably $400+ installed if a totally new pre-hung door has to be bought because door that size and desired is not available as a replacement door without frame.

Handyman might be able to handle simple repairs or replacing a door panel - entire door replacement (including frame) some can do right, some not - a Door contractor might be your better choice for that.

Note - if you want the new lock to have matching keys with any others in house make that part of contract - will limit brands of locks that can be used, and should be rekeyed before installation (at locksmith's business) so a trip charge is not necessary.

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