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How to find a reliable locksmith

By emily.bailey

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Find a Reliable Locksmith | Schlage

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.


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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?

How to find a reliable locksmith | Schlage

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.
What tips do you have for hiring a trustworthy locksmith? Comment below to let us know. Be sure to visit the Schlage Security Center for more tips to keep your home safe and secure.
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