If you’ve ever misplaced your keys or felt that familiar twist in your stomach as a door accidentally swung closed with your keys on the wrong side of it, you know how helpless and vulnerable a forgetful moment can make you feel.
What will you do now? How will you get back in?
As you mentally scour your list of people who may have a spare key and come up with nothing, you have a sudden moment of hope: You can call a locksmith!
Locksmiths are trained professionals who will help reunite you with your keys or access to a home or car quickly and safely — no fumbling with coat hangers or cards required.
Locksmiths can help you avoid that awkward late night call to a friend or family member with spare keys. You won’t need to inconvenience loved ones, and you won’t need to spend tense moments figuring out if you’ll look like a burglar trying to break into your own house or car.
Like most service industries, however, not all locksmiths are created equal — some provide superior service, and others … not so much. How can you tell the difference, especially when you’re in dire straits? It’s easy enough: Just use the following three questions as a guide.
1. Is the business a true local BUCKS-MONTGOMERY COUNTY LOCKSMITH?
Unfortunately, there are many less-than-scrupulous “companies” that will prey on clients stuck in a vulnerable position. They may claim to have a local address, and may even have what looks to be a local number, but in reality your frantic call is being routed to a call center.
According to Consumer Reports, when you call these supposed Bucks-Montgomery County locksmith companies, the locksmith who shows up may be poorly trained, or even demand more money than you were quoted, along with a cash payment, knowing you don’t really have another choice.
Always ask if the locksmith service you’re calling is physically located in Bucks County or Montgomery County, and if you’re able to. look up reviews online through your phone before calling.
2. How much will the locksmithing job cost in total?
Getting a firm quote over the phone almost certainly means that the locksmith company you’re calling is legitimate. It gives you a cost to work with so that both you and your locksmith can avoid unpleasant surprises when you meet.
Be honest about the work you need done: Describe the situation in detail, such as your car’s make, model and color so that the company of your choice can accurately quote the job and locate your position. Also, be ready to provide some sort of proof of ownership or residence, if required. After all, locksmiths need to ensure they’re staying on the right side of the law!
3. What certifications or identifications do you possess?
You absolutely have a right to know the identity and qualifications of the individual you’re paying to get into your home or car. If your locksmith doesn’t readily offer a business card, certification or some sort of ID upon request, don’t hesitate to look for another company. You should always feel safe with your locksmith — their job is to restore your peace of mind, after all.
While accidents and problems are usually what leads to a call to a Bucks County or Montgomery County locksmith service, that doesn’t have to be the case. Holicong Security not only offers emergency service when you’re locked out, but assistance with rekeying rental homes, deadbolt installation and inspection, and more.
Wouldn’t it be a relief to call a familiar, known service when you find yourself locked out, rather than calling a stranger and hoping for the best? For all of your locksmith needs in Bucks-Montgomery County, call Holicong Security at 215-794-7542 or visit us at HolicongSecurity.com. Come experience the “key” difference our expert team of locksmiths has to offer!