When & How Much You Should Tip a Locksmith

Generally, it is not necessary to tip a locksmith. There are some exceptional cases when they may deserve a small token of appreciation; for example, if they provide after-hours emergency service or over the holidays.

If you’re interested in knowing the exact tipping policy, We’ll go into more detail below. There is something odd about the way locksmiths are typically tipped.

Tip a Locksmith

When should you tip your locksmith, and how much should you give?

Most people choose not to tip their locksmiths or other tradespeople, and there isn’t a need to do so. Tipping is optional in those cases and your locksmith won’t expect a tip; therefore, you aren’t obligated to give one. If tipping isn’t something you’re interested in doing, that’s fine too.

I decided to tip him because it was really cold and dark outside in Brampton. Although he was on standby, I think he should still be paid for his time. It would also be nice if someone noticed that and gave a small appreciation for his services. Additionally, the police stopped by to check our house due to an unknown presence there.

According to a poll, there are dozens of reasons why people may want to give their locksmith a tip. The most common reason is that the service was very good and quick.

When to Tip:

  • Providing services at odd hours
  • The job was not scheduled
  • They fixed something extra for free
  • They didn’t break your lock that was not in need of replacement.
  • They charge fairly for their services and provide excellent service.
  • They will have to work without complaining when it’s raining.

How much to Tip:

Most people typically tip around $20 – $50 for regular jobs. People typically tip locksmiths more generously for ordinary jobs than emergency jobs; however, for me personally it makes more sense to tip locksmiths generously on the latter. I have read a couple of stories about people tipping locksmiths after receiving lock-smithing assistance on Christmas Eve.

When not to Tip:

You lack the money to spare.

Although tipping isn’t necessary, if the service is exceptional and you’re able to tip then it’s a nice gesture to do so.

They Performed poorly

Locksmiths can finish their job slowly, take a break in the middle of the night, or make a huge mess in your home. They deserve to be tipped only when they truly complete their task quickly and efficiently.
To me, the locksmith is a savior during cold winter days when I’m waiting outside my building for him to show up. It’s amazing how infrequently people tip despite his hard work.

The last one needs no explanation.

They are a company owner

Some people believe you should not be tipping anyone, especially company owners. They are paid fairly without your participation. However, I disagree with this point of view: it’s possible for some business individuals to only charge fees competitively and not according to the value they have delivered.

Provided that locksmithing is an expensive business and requires a license as well as specialized tools, earning big tips for showing up and doing a great job is deserved.

Tipping is not required if you have an emergency, even on Christmas Eve. You can choose to give them a tip around $20 or just be friendly. Regardless of whether you wish to tip them or not, they deserve your appreciation for their hard work and kindness above all. 

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