How to hire a locksmith fast!
If you’ve lost a key, broke a key or a lock, locked yourself out of your home or car and you don’t have the luxury of time to research how to hire the best locksmith, then you are in the right place. Below is a quick guide to hiring a locksmith.
1. Find out what their specialty is before disclosing your issue
The first tip is to find out what each locksmith specializes in before you initiate contact and disclose your issue. If you found them via Google, check the websites of three locksmiths first to see if they have experience and expertise in dealing with problems like yours. The information should be under the services tab.
You should do this because locksmiths rarely turn down work even if they aren’t qualified to do the job. To avoid working with a novice who will just waste your time, find out what they are good at first before you call to discuss your problem.
2. Hire a locksmith who is licensed and insured
You also need to check if the locksmith you want to work with is licensed and insured. If they are licensed and insured, this information should be easy to find on their website. The information should also be verifiable. You should work with licensed locksmiths only because they operate within the law. Insurance is important for protecting you against risks such as; further damage to your lock/s or theft of personal belongings among other risks that can occur while you receive locksmith services.
3. Make sure you are getting a warranty
It’s also important to make sure the locksmith services you are getting come with a warranty or some sort of guarantee. Reputable locksmiths offer warranties to cover for any hardware or installation issues that may arise afterwards. If the locksmith doesn’t offer a warranty of at least a month (especially for new installations), look elsewhere.
4. Understand the pricing
You also need to know how much you will be charged for the services. Different locksmiths charge different rates. Some charge per hour while others may charge per job, type of lock, expertise required, etc. This information is usually available on locksmiths’ websites. You can also call to find out. The idea here is to avoid being overcharged.
5. Are the employees vetted?
It’s also important to find out how potential locksmiths hire their staff. Given the sensitive nature of locksmith services, you don’t want to hire a locksmith with a criminal record. The locksmith you choose should be able to prove they are trustworthy.
As long as you pick a specialized, licensed, insured and trustworthy locksmith, you shouldn’t expect to have any problems. You should also go for reasonably priced services that come with a warranty.