Locksmith Safety Check Before Hiring
What To Ask Your Local Locksmith Company
- Ask for the locksmith’s full legal name of their business. Should the locksmith you call give a very generic name that doesn’t show up online, consider calling one that will better identify themselves.
- Doing a quick online search of their business name with works like “reviews” or “complaints” should pull up anything bad about the company you’re considering hiring.
- Confirm the operators address as well. Mobile locksmiths that don’t show their address online are normal but they should be able to explain this as well.
- Get a preliminary estimate of the total cost of the job you need done. You may have to describe the type of locking mechanism on your door or job before you get an accurate estimate. Should you get a very low estimate make certain to confirm that it covers all fees and charges.
- When the locksmith arrives, ask for their business card and any identification they have. Make sure the information on the card matches all of thier information on your invoice before you pay it.
- Look at their proof of insurance before any work is done. Show your identification before any work is done. Good locksmiths should know to check ownership and identification prior to starting a job.
- Read any and all forms given to you prior to signing anything.
- Ask for a written estimate if you have concerns over total cost of the job before any locksmith work is started.
- Beware of a locksmith that says the only option is to drill your existing lock and replace it. Well trained locksmiths should be able to unlock almost any door.
Put your safety first, if anything feels off then it probably is and you can just cancel your locksmith call. Established and well trained locksmiths should be able to set your mind at ease regardless of the situation. Many locksmiths will show up in well maintained vehicles that are wrapped with their company name and offerings.
Some locksmiths however are just a one man business or getting started. There is nothing wrong with this, just be overly safe when dealing with companies or individuals not as well established. These tips are meant to keep you and your family out of harms way when you are trying to hire a locksmith for your home.