How Much Does It Cost to Install a Smart Lock?
Smart Lock Installation Costs at a Glance
- Smart lock: $100-$400+
- Installation: $50-$100
Whether you’re trying to improve your home security or you're tired of looking for lost house keys, a smart lock may be the answer. These devices replace traditional key locks, letting let you lock and unlock your front door by entering a PIN on a keypad or using a mobile app.
While these connected home devices can add style and function to your entryway, they come at a cost.
Like most other connected devices, a smart lock’s price tag can vary depending on the manufacturer, the aesthetic and what type of functionality it offers. Although you may be able to purchase a simple smart lock at around $100, PC Mag says most consumers can expect to pay an average price of $200 to $300 for a unit with standard features such as voice control, auto-locking and tamper alarms. At the upper end, high-quality locks from top manufacturers may cost as much as $400.
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Installing a smart lock is relatively simple, and professional installation by a locksmith or licensed electrician typically costs between $50 and $100. However, contractors may charge higher fees for more complicated locks that involve the installation of multiple accessories. The cost of installing a smart lock may also be affected by other factors such as:
- The type of door it’s being mounted on
- The door’s overall condition
- Whether the door has a preexisting lock and deadbolt
- Where you live
Most smart locks are easy to install and fit into the holes already drilled in your door. Plus, because they’re battery-operated, they don’t require installation by a licensed electrician. In fact, depending on the lock you choose, installation may be as simple as removing several screws, changing your preexisting lock to your new smart lock and replacing the screws.
You’ll also need to connect the device to your Wi-Fi and set up the user app on your smartphone. If you’re handy with tools and technology, you can typically complete the job in an afternoon.
However, if you aren't comfortable using standard household tools or struggle with technology, you may want to hire a pro for the job. Professional installation is also recommended if your entry door needs to be realigned, isn’t drilled for a deadbolt or requires other major alternations.
If you decide to install a smart lock yourself, it’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions precisely. You should also check with your local building department to find out whether a permit is required for the job.
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