We all need the services of a well-skilled tradesperson every once in a while, whether it be a plumber, a carpenter or a locksmith. When it comes to hiring a locksmith there are a number of things that you must keep in mind because not only do you need to find someone who is highly skilled at what they do, you also need to remember that your family’s security is in their hands.
Locksmith professionals wear several hats. They install locks, deadbolts and other mechanical or electronic locking devices to protect homes, businesses, vehicles and other property. And, they also repair these devices, make new keys or cards, duplicate keys and rekey locks. Many locksmiths also install and service electronic security systems, such as alarms, CCTV systems, and more. Some locksmiths also respond to emergency calls, around the clock; unlocking homes, businesses and vehicles which have either been unintentionally locked or are experiencing a problem with a lock.
Now that you know what a locksmith does - how do you choose the right locksmith for you?
Here are a few tips to help you choose the right locksmith for you:
- Plan Ahead Don’t leave it until you’re stuck and need a locksmith immediately to start looking for one. Of course, finding one won’t be a problem, but as we said, you want a skilled, trustworthy locksmith to help you and if you’re stuck outside in the middle of the night you won’t have the time to start checking out recommendations.Ask people you know and trust if they’ve worked with a locksmith whom they trust and would recommend. Also, do some online research, check out websites of local locksmiths and don’t forget to read reviews to see what their customers think of their services. It’s a good idea to call the business, even if you’ve already received word-of-mouth recommendations and have read great online reviews. This is how you can “get a feel” for the company; ask the questions that are important to you.
- What You Need to Know?
Some of the most important things you need to know about the locksmith you choose are:What the legal name of the company is
What services they provide?
What their service hours are and what area they cover?
Whether they are licensed?
Whether their staff have been professionally trained and certified
Whether they are insured to cover your loss in case any damage is done to your property during the course of their work
- Ask about pricing and reputation do they give estimates/quotes over the phone when you call for service? Does this price quoted cover everything or are there any extra charges or fees? Is there an extra fee for calls during the night, on weekends or holidays? Ask what brands they work with – you might also want to research this online.