We put a lot of faith in our locksmiths, which is why it’s important to hire a certified locksmith.
After all, this is a person that we’ve trusted to secure our homes or to help us get back in when we’ve lost our keys and or locked out. We call on them to install safes in our home and keep our homes safe, so it makes sense that we feel safe with them.
Here are a few things to look for to make sure you’re hiring a locksmith you can trust:
1. Pick someone close to home
You’re locked out of your house, so you search for a local locksmith. You find someone who appears to have a local address and phone number and make the call.
Unfortunately, the person on the other end might be at a call center on the other side of the country, who dispatches an untrained locksmith to your home.
You may end up paying for shoddy work at a price far above what a local, certified locksmith would charge. Be on the lookout for these scams. If their promises – low rates, response times that appear unrealistic – appear to be too good to be true, they most likely are.
Always ask if the locksmith you’re considering is physically located in your area. If possible, check out their online reviews before you call.
2. Experience counts
Lock technology is always changing, which is why it’s important to look for a locksmith who has not only been in business for some time, but who has also worked on a variety of different types of locks.
Be wary of locksmiths that say they need to drill your lock open. This is a sign that you aren’t dealing with a reputable locksmith. Most professional, certified locksmiths will have the skills and tools with them to get your home or car unlocked without resorting to the drilling method.
3. Licenses and insurance
In order to avoid the type of untrustworthy locksmith we described above and to make sure you’re getting work that meets industry standards, look for a certified locksmith. If your locksmith can’t offer a business card, certification or some sort of identification upon request, look for another company.
It’s also important to find an insured locksmith. Even if your locksmith meets all the criteria on this list, accidents can still happen. An insured locksmith will have the means to cover any losses if your property is damaged during lock installation or repair.
4. Firm quotes
Getting a solid quote upfront is a good sign that you’re dealing with a professional, certified locksmith. A reputable locksmith will be happy to give you a written estimate before they begin work.
If a locksmith gives you one quote up front and then names a higher price upon arrival, don’t allow them to do the work and don’t feel pressured into overpaying.
Whether you’re locked out of your house or have locks that need to be replaced or rekeyed, Holicong Security can help.
We’ve spent nearly 70 years helping customers in Bucks and Montgomery counties secure their homes and businesses. Contact us today. Our factory trained, bonded and insured staff of certified locksmiths is ready to take your call.