We’ve all be there before – locked keys in the car and misplaced house or office keys that you swear have just vanished into thin air. It’s no fun for anyone and always happens at the worst possible times, so having a backup plan is essential. Getting in touch with a local, reliable and trustworthy locksmith can be a helpful service when you’re left in the lurch outside of office hours, need to have new locks replaced and keys issued quickly or simply need a professional to let you into your property.
One of the easiest and most convenient solutions in these situations is in fact a locksmith. But you want to trust your property is as secure and protected as they claim. Hiring just any locksmith simply won’t do. There’s a few vital considerations you need to be looking at before you book someone in for the service. Here’s what you should know:
In most cases, we rarely lock ourselves out of the house or car at a simple hour. You want a locksmith that can save you after dark or the weekend, regardless of what emergency situation you’re in. Make sure the locksmith you’re calling offers around the clock 24/7 services. This way you can know you can call them whenever you need, no matter the time. Dealing with a locksmith that doesn’t usually provide emergency services may result in a higher fee charged too. A reputable locksmith will give you cost estimate for 24/7 assistance.
2. Proven Track History
Dealing with a locksmith that has a proven track record of good work will keep peace of mind you’ve picked someone professional. You don’t want just anyone having access to your home, office or car so it’s important you choose wisely. Before making the call, check the locksmith’s website for testimonials and experience. Don’t be afraid to ask how long they’ve been in the business for too.
3. Proper Identification and Accreditation
Does the locksmith you’re thinking of dealing with have their own shop marked with their brand name? Will the person arriving to help you out of your emergency situation be wearing a uniform with proper identification and a work vehicle? These are all important tell-tale signs you’re dealing with a reputable locksmith company.
A professional locksmith company will ensure police checks have been done on their tradesmen and be willing to show proof of their great work. Accreditation on the website or social media channels is a good place to start and check that they are a member of the Australian Locksmith Organisation of Master Locksmiths Association. Locksmiths that are accredited by places like this will offer a high-quality service and follow a strict code of practice.
4. Do Your Research
Prior research is absolutely essential before deciding upon a locksmith. Compare the costs and services of a few qualified locksmiths to weigh options and determine which one is best for you. Make sure that your ‘local’ locksmith is in fact local, as travel costs can occur. Don’t forget to ask around for recommendations and do an online search to find out what you can about the company before you commit to anything.
5. Quality Range of Services
Opt for a locksmith that has a quality range of services. This will give you a better idea on their experience and training too. The locksmith you call should be up-to-date with all the industry knowledge and expertise, with access to the latest lock models available on the market.
6. Don’t Be Drawn to ‘Cheap’ Services
Whilst you don’t want to pay hefty prices for emergency callouts or to have your locks changed, don’t be fooled by overly ‘cheap’ services. The price is a good indicator of quality – and when it comes to your safety and home or office security – quality shouldn’t be jeopardised. Instead, opt for value for money. If the service sounds too good to be true, chances are it probably is.
7. Honest and Reliable
A reputable locksmith will be 100% transparent about their services and work history. They will be willing to answer any and all questions, and more than happy to provide you with all the information you need to know to make a decision. An honest and reliable locksmith will be open about the techniques they use and committed to ensuring the customer is happy. They should tell you everything about how your new locks work, hold no personal copies or codes of your security system and maintain a high level of professionalism and punctuality at all times.
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