When you have a locksmith come to your home or business, it can be a precipitous event if you don’t know the individual you call. For this reason, it’s essential to understand how to find a reliable locksmith, hopefully before you need one.
Ask a friend
One of the best ways to find a local locksmith is to ask people you know--your friends or family. You can ask business associates, such as other tenants in your office building, or individuals with whom you maintain business relationships. One or more of them may have had successful dealing with a locksmith in the past. Your realtor might know a locksmith.
Ask the internet
Another option to look online. You might be able to find a locksmith who advertises lockouts for $15. This is a sure sign you’ve found a dishonest locksmith!
When you check online groups such as Yelp, Google, HomeAdvisor, and Angie’s List, peruse the comments from prior customers. Sometimes, scammers try to build up fictitious reviews on review sites, but they can never erase the cheated customers who were told $15 and then charged $200. Besides red flag reviews, there are several markers which indicate a locksmith isn’t a scammer. The first is that he won’t advertise a price that’s too good to be true. The second is that he answers his own phone. It won’t be answered by a call center operator who can’t offer any information except that the locksmith will call you back.
Check out their website
But, before you make that call, go to the locksmith’s website. His name and a picture will be posted. When you call, he will answer his own phone. When you tell him what you need, he will be able to provide you with a quote. When he comes to do the job, he will have the name of his business on the side of his vehicle, on his shirt, and will be able to provide you with his license and ID.
Hire a professional
A locksmith will act as a locksmith. There is an infamous sting operation on YouTube in which a ‘locksmith’ is secretly recorded at a lockout job. He takes a huge wrench and uses it to twist the doorknob off the front door. Later, the news reporter showed the film of him ripping the doorknob off and asked him, “Does this look like professional behavior to you?”
Undaunted, the man sneered, “I never said I was a professional.”
Once you find the locksmith, don’t be shy about plying him for information when he comes to do the job (unless it’s a 3 a.m. lockout!) The reason people become locksmiths is because they have a passion for the job. This means they know quite a lot, not only about locks and keys but also about alarm systems and ways to increase your home or office security.
Keep the number!
Last of all, put his phone number in your contacts list. You never know when you might need him again or when you might get that call from a friend or business associate asking if you know of an honest locksmith. (Like Bill at 623-300-1889.)
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