Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Wondering how to choose a locksmith that is trustworthy? Here are a few tips and red flags to look out for when choosing a reliable locksmith.
More often than not, you’ll only need a locksmith at the most inconvenient time. If you’re like many of us, you don’t think about finding a reliable locksmith until an emergency occurs. You haven’t had the luxury of building a relationship with someone you'll be trusting with a most important job, your home’s security.
The first thing you’ll do is Google search a locksmith in your area. What next? How do you know if the locksmiths at the top of the search results are reliable?
Here are a few tips when finding a reliable locksmith:
- Locksmiths should have a valid state locksmith license or registration. Make sure to ask for this upon obtaining service.
- Some states require locksmiths to be licensed or registered. Ask if your state requires a license or registration, and say you want to see it when the locksmith arrives. Findalocksmith.com is a website sponsored by Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) and only features professional locksmiths who are registered.
- Your locksmith should double check you are who you say you are. They should ask to see a valid ID and proof of residence/ownership. This is done to protect all parties involved.
- Ask the locksmith to bring a written estimate of the total cost. If it seems low, confirm that is covers all fees such as service call, labor, replacement parts or mileage.
- Find out if the locksmith has insurance to cover your losses in case your property is damaged during a repair.
- Ask for the locksmith’s identification and business card. Make sure the information on the business card matches the company name on the invoice.
- If the locksmith says it’s necessary to drill your lock and replace it, think about hiring a different person. A skilled, legitimate locksmith has invested in tools and education and should have the skills to unlock almost any door.
- If the service was good, save the number in case there’s a next time and leave a positive review on their website or digital listing – for the next person in the same emergency.