DIY projects are all the rage. Just look at the popularity of the DIY Network and HGTV. It seems like there’s an online tutorial for almost any project a homeowner would want to tackle, from updating your bathroom vanity to creating faux-marble kitchen counters to repainting your front door.
Doing it yourself is a budget-friendly, simple way to add personal style and make improvements to your home. So why should you pay a locksmith to perform a task you can probably do yourself? As anyone guilty of a Pinterest fail knows, DIY projects aren’t always as easy as they look online. With the right conditions, replacing your locks can be done by a homeowner. However, complications can arise if your door is not perfectly aligned, your new hardware has different dimensions that what is currently on your door or your current lock is broken and gets stuck on the door.
Are you planning on adding a lock where none exists? Professional locksmiths are trained and experienced in installing new locks on all kinds of doors. This training and experience means they can complete the job much quicker than someone who has never installed a lock before. When you do the job yourself, what happens if something goes wrong? If the new door knob doesn’t latch, if the deadbolt is difficult to unlock, if you have to jiggle the door to get the bolt to latch, you will likely have to pay a professional to fix the problem. If you hire a locksmith and the lock isn’t working correctly, he will return to fix it.
If you’re thinking about skipping a visit from a locksmith in favor of doing it yourself, make sure you do your research. That research should include calling a couple of respected locksmiths for quotes to make sure that going the DIY route will actually save you time and money.