Average Labour Cost/Price to Fit a Mortice/Chubb/Dead Lock

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does it Cost To Fit a Mortice/Chubb Lock?

mortice lock

If you don’t already have a mortice lock…

A good 5 lever mortice lock with an elongated striking plate will cost £60.00. A chippie will charge you half a day to fit it

If you already have a mortice lock and want a like-for-like replacement will cost
£60.00 for the lock and £30.00 to change it.

Don’t insurance companies give discounts if good locks are fitted?

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Fitting and Installing a Mortice/Chubb Lock (Dead Lock)

What’s that then?

The only visible bit of a mortice lock is on a doors edge, where the catch emerges. It doesn’t lock automatically like a “Yale”, you need to turn the key, so it normally only gets used when you are going out for a reasonable period, or at night.

front door mortice locks have no handles so only operate with the key. Back door mortices, which are combined with catches, which will keep a door closed (but not locked), do usually have handles and of course a key.

Any lock is only as good as the frame it “catches” on. Wooden door frames, are thin affairs and splinter easily. There is an argument for actually fitting a useless lock. It will still keep out the honest Joe but villains who are determined to get in,
will get in but actually do far less damage as they apply their size 10 bootage.

The average Yale type lock can be “kicked in” quite easily (or so “fingers” told me in the pub last week). If you want to keep the bad lads out long enough for the noise of them breaking the door down to actually attract a neighbour’s attention, then fit a m
ortice lock because its fitted (morticed) into the door and more importantly, into the frame.

Better quality mortice locks come with their striking plate, (the section fitted into the frame), elongated, so that it covers more of the frame’s area, has more screws holding it and will require almost total annihilation of that side of the frame before a persistent door kicker gets in.


At night when you lock it, leave the key in it, you will never find the key and get out of the house, in the event of a fire.

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