Having access to a reliable locksmith can make a world of difference if you accidentally lock yourself out of your home, business, or vehicle. You want to choose a trustworthy, local locksmith who can provide the services you need. Our tips will hopefully help you hire a reliable locksmith. You want to ensure that they are knowledgeable, skilled and deliver quality service. And, of course, you want to pay a fair price for the work.
1. The right time to find a locksmith
A good time to find a locksmith is immediately after you have bought a new house. Only by changing your locks will you know that others don’t have a key to your house. Given you are already researching other contractors for your home management team, you could add a locksmith to your list.
2. Always ask for identification
After you have contacted the locksmith, you should ask for identification when they show up. Also look at the vehicle in which they drive. Normally they will be in a company car or van with the company name clearly printed on the side. This helps to prove further that the company is legitimate.
3. Ask which locksmith providers are covered
Your homeowner’s insurance policy, company insurance policy or car association membership may cover the cost of repairing or installing locks, or for lockout services. If not covered, they may have a list of providers that charge a reduced membership fee. If you have insurance, make sure that the company you choose is included. Sometimes pre-authorization is required to be eligible for cover. Please contact your insurance company or association to find out the necessary steps.
4. Get an estimate for the cost of services
Next, you have to find out how much you have to pay for the service. If you have a membership that offers coverage or discounts, make sure the locksmith’s written estimate reflects that. Make sure to confirm that the estimate includes all associated costs and fees. Always ask for a written copy of the requested quotations.
5. Finally, get an invoice for the locksmith services
Make sure that you get a copy of the invoice with the final cost of services when all the work has been done. Any replacement locks, locksmith labor time and special emergency service pricing should be listed in the invoice. You may need submit this itemized document to your insurance company or membership association.