Every car, home or business owner may find themselves in need of locksmith services without any prior warning. The best thing that you can do to prepare for a “what if” locksmith scenario is to do your due diligence and find the right locksmith company for you now, so that when the time comes you’ll be ready and won’t have the extra stress of having to find a trustworthy locksmith at the eleventh hour, and of course this will also save you from being scammed.
Here are a few useful tips to help you find a reliable locksmith:
Ask for Recommendations
Ask friends, family and colleagues if they have worked with a good locksmith and if they’d recommend him. Don’t ask strangers, either in real life or online, because at the least they could recommend a friend who is an amateur locksmith, and in the worst case, their recommendation might be harmful to your security.
Check Them Out
Once you have a couple of names look them up on the Internet. Look for their company website as well as any online reviews you can find.
It’s important to check the company out, find out as much about them as you can, for example, are they fully licensed? Do they have insurance, which will cover you if they damage your property in any way? Are their staff all professionally qualified?
When it comes to the security of your home or business, it is advisable to do a thorough background check.
And, when the locksmith gets there don’t forget to ask them to show you a valid ID. They should also ask you for proof of ownership, this is of course for your own safety.
Locksmiths offer a wide array of different services for buildings and vehicles, such as installation and repair of locks, deadbolts and other electronic lock devices, they duplicate and make new keys, rekey buildings, and some also offer service for electronic security systems.
What are your locksmith needs, both for the present and the future? Does the company you are looking to provide these services?
Time and Place
Find out whether they offer emergency locksmith services, meaning that they will be available to assist you at any time of the day or night even if it’s a weekend or holiday. Also, find out where they are located and what area they cover.
Pricing and Payment
Ask all about their pricing policies – will you be given an estimate before they send a locksmith? Does their price include the visit, service and hardware? Do they charge extra for emergency visits outside of normal business hours? Make sure to ask if there will be any extra charges. Also, ask them for a written estimate.
Also, ask them which brands of hardware they work with; you may want to check these manufacturers out.
Their payment options are also important. All businesses today take credit cards and this is the best way to pay because it protects you against fraud.
Once you’ve found a good, reliable locksmith save their number in your phone so you can contact them at the touch of a button in an emergency.
ADI Locksmith has over a decade of locksmith experience in Sacramento & Roseville. Give us a call to find out more.