Find a Reputable Locksmith
Needing a locksmith is frustrating enough, but finding out that the one that you chose wasn’t trustworthy is the icing on the cake.
Anytime you need a locksmith, whether you need the locks on your home changed or just to get into your car, you should be very careful about which one you choose. Trusting the wrong locksmith can lead to anything from being overcharged to a home invasion. There are a few ways that you can reduce these risks, however.
Getting recommendations from friends and family members is one of the best ways to find a reputable locksmith. Chances are, at least one of your family members or friends has needed locksmith services. These individuals will often be more than willing to share their experiences – good or bad – with others.
Check for Insurance
Any locksmith that you choose to use should be insured. There is always a chance that a locksmith might damage your property, even if he’s experienced and talented. Locksmiths with insurance will usually have no problem paying you for the damages.
Ensure They Are Licensed
In some areas, locksmiths are required to be licensed. Before hiring a locksmith, you should first check to make sure they should be licensed in your area. If they are, never hire a locksmith that is unable to prove that he has met the proper licensure requirements. In most cases, these professionals should be able to provide proof of being licensed whenever they are asked.
Get an Estimate First
Reputable locksmiths can be expensive. Unethical locksmiths, however, may be even more expensive. Some of the more unethical locksmiths may try to charge you way more than the job is worth. To avoid this, make sure that you get an estimate before you allow a locksmith to work on any of your property. This can help prevent them from overcharging you at the time of billing. If you don’t agree with their price, you should shop around to compare prices.
When a locksmith arrives, he should arrive in a professional vehicle with the name and logo of the business clearly visible on the side. Before he starts working, you should also have him show you his identification, and get a business card. Taking these steps can help prevent shady individuals from working on your property by impersonating a locksmith.
Show Your Identification
Locksmiths that show you their identification willingly or even without being asked, are most likely on the up and up. Locksmiths that actually ask for YOUR identification, however, are most likely great at their jobs. Don’t be taken aback or get agitated if a locksmith asks for our identification. This is a sign of a true professional, and he most likely just wants to ensure that you are the rightful owner of the property that he is about to work on. Think about it. If he didn’t ask for identification, nearly anyone could claim to be you and, in the process, manage to easily gain access to your home or vehicle.