If you want to install a home safe or replace all the locks in your home, you may have time to shop around for a locksmith. But oftentimes, when you need a locksmith, it is for an immediate need. You have locked yourself out of your home or your keys have been lost or stolen, and you don’t have time to call your friends and family and ask for recommendations.
Unfortunately, there are unreliable and poorly trained locksmiths out there. So you want to make sure you get a professional locksmith who is trustworthy and knowledgeable. How can you do this?
- When you call, ask for the complete name of the business. If you can, do a search online about the business. Look for reviews and experiences.
- If there is no address given in an ad, ask why. There are locksmiths who run their business out of their homes or as a mobile business, but they should be able to explain.
- Get an estimate on the phone and request a written copy of the estimate that can come with the locksmith. Make sure the estimate includes any charges, including replacement parts, labor, any service call fee or any other fees that apply, like mileage or after-hours charges.
- Make sure the locksmith has insurance to protect your property. Ask to see proof of insurance.
- Did the locksmith ask for your ID to make sure you were the homeowner or business owner?
- Read all paperwork before you sign it.