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Tips for Choosing a Qualified Locksmith

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Tips for Choosing a Qualified Locksmith

Your security is one of the most important things you can have, so it’s important that you only trust your home, automobile, or business lock and key needs to a reputable, qualified locksmith. With so many locksmith companies to choose from, it can be difficult knowing whether you’re choosing one that can guarantee good results. Here are some tips to help you choose a qualified, reliable locksmith.

 

Look for someone who has been in business for a while. This indicates that your locksmith has done well enough to stay in business, and it shows that they will likely be in business for a while, which is important if you have problems with your locks later on.

 

Ask for references. It’s okay to ask a locksmith who they’ve worked for in the past, and most will be happy to give you references if they did a good job for their previous clients.

 

Make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. This will help you weed out any “wannabe” locksmiths who think that being able to pick a lock is the only skill you need for the profession. It will also protect you against having to pay for any damages to your lock should it be installed improperly.

 

Avoid choosing someone who quotes a ridiculously low price, or who won’t give a firm quote at all. A reliable locksmith can usually give you a firm quote over the phone, or at the very least, before work begins. Super low prices usually are just a ploy to get you to agree to the work, then the locksmith will likely increase the price before you actually have to pay. Low prices don’t always mean great value when your locks are concerned.

 

Never agree to let work begin without a firm price in place. This opens up the possibility of the locksmith increasing the price substantially after work has started, and you could pay far more than you expected to.

 

At the end of the day, trust your instinct. If your locksmith doesn’t feel like a good fit for your needs, walk away, and find someone who is.