How to find a reliable locksmith.
Friday, July 29, 2022
Sometimes it’s best to get professional help when you don’t have a feasible way into your own home. Here's what you need to know before hiring a locksmith.
Locking yourself out of your house usually makes for a funny story later, but when you’re faced with the problem, it can be infuriating. Our advice: don’t let the inconvenience or uncertainty of hiring a locksmith go to your head. Sometimes it’s best to get professional help when you don’t have a feasible way into your own home.
Forego the risk of doing it yourself and damaging your expensive door hardware or windows; find a trustworthy locksmith to ease the pressure of your lock-out emergency. If you’re like us, hiring a locksmith is never top of mind until the moment you need one. And as much as we all wish it was a good friend on the job, it’s likely you haven’t met or gotten to know a good locksmith. How do you trust your Google search results?
Confirm any precautionary measures
Some states require locksmiths to be licensed or registered. Before reaching out for service, learn whether your state requires locksmith certification for business. If so, ask to see documentation and verify your potential locksmith’s credentials.
You may be aware that many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover locksmith fees. In case of times like this, brace for unplanned labor costs ahead of time. We advise you also verify the person you hire is insured to cover losses if your property is damaged during service.
Look for “green flag” business practices
Professionalism goes further than a handshake. Make sure a locksmith is thorough in their business practices—do they ask for a signature or identification to log you as a client? Legitimate and experienced locksmiths are known to ask clients for proof of residence/ownership to protect all parties involved in the transaction.
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If you call a locksmith who says it’s necessary to drill your lock and replace it, think about hiring another person. A skilled, legitimate locksmith has invested in the tools and education and honed the skills to unlock almost any door.
Find a dependable locksmith by asking local friends and family, do a quick Facebook search or Google it if you prefer. Afterward, if your service is good, spread the word and leave a positive review on their website or digital search listing. Someone else will soon appreciate it.
Remember your good experience in case you need a locksmith for less urgent jobs, too. If you’re rekeying or replacing all door hardware in your home, a trusted locksmith might be worth the investment. Try findalocksmith.com, sponsored by Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), only featuring registered professional locksmiths. You may also explore our own resources to find a good locksmith.
We hope you feel better knowing more of what to look for before you hire a locksmith. What tips do you have for hiring someone trustworthy? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to visit the Schlage Security Center for more tips on keeping your home safe and secure.