Find a Locksmith
Edited by Robbi, Jerry Rivers, Eng, Lynn
Well, it has happened to you, too, probably. Locking a door is one of those perfunctory actions that you don't even think about as your mind travels to more important matters. You go through the motion of pressing that home or car lock button, take a step, and then it hits you as you feel your heart suddenly pounding and have this sick overwhelming feeling. Oh NO! Yep, you did it. You look at your ignition, or look through your pockets and/or purse. The key is there in your car ignition! Your house key is not anywhere with you, so it must be still on that key hook in the house! You put off making that extra key, and nobody in your family is anywhere near with their key.
The solution is your friendly locksmith. This tutorial will help you find that most important person in your life momentarily. You will learn how to find a locksmith if you follow the procedure below.
Steps in finding a locksmith
- 1In an emergency.Advertisement
- 2Look for credentials in a locksmith. Check for credentials required for professional locksmiths in your location. In the United States, for example, each locksmith is required to have a license in the state where he does business. There is the American Association of Locksmiths in the U.S.A. If you hire a locksmith who is a member of this association, you and your possessions are in good hands for security. In the USA call the Better Business Bureau regarding your prospective locksmith if you are unsure of his record with customers.Advertisement
- 3In the United Kingdom, there is no government body for overseeing the work of locksmiths, but there is the Master Locksmith Association. Member locksmiths of this organization must pass stringent requirements to become members. In any city, the locksmith should have a city business license as well.
- 4Look for the best service, not the best deal. When it comes to your family, your belongings and you, the value is priceless. You should consider that rather than consider the cheapest fee from a locksmith. This applies to security systems that locksmiths offer, also. Go with a licensed locksmith only. When it comes to money, there are always scammers. Make sure that you pay only what is agreed upon up front by the locksmith. If he is installing a security system, look over the contract and have a common agreement before the locksmith and installers install your security system. The old saying applies here, too, "If the price seems too good to be true, it is just that." There will be fees that you will face in the end that make up for what you thought was such a cheap price.
- 5Take time to search and research. It is an investment to take time to choose among established licensed locksmiths to find one who is in your vicinity with a reputable track record. Initially, make a list that you have compiled from searching online or in the phone book. Find one that provides the services that you need, and what they charge. You can always ask friends, fellow workers, your relatives, your dentist, or doctor for their recommendations.
- 6Get that invoice! Be sure to always get an invoice. As mentioned, there are scammers in every business. With an invoice, all services and fees are documented and legally binding. Regardless what is said, if it's not in print you do not have a case, should it go to court. An invoice also keeps the entire transaction of service clear for you and the locksmith. Nearly all locksmiths are legitimate, but a misunderstanding could arise from any verbal agreement. Read over the invoice or contract thoroughly before signing, and ask your locksmith if there are any concerns or questions before you sign. If there are any guarantees on products, or warranties on service, you and the locksmith will need verification. The invoice will also be a reference for any regularly scheduled follow-ups on your security system and/or locking devices.
- 7Find a locksmith who offers a free estimate. Unless you are in a crisis situation, take the time to find a locksmith who can give you a free estimate on the total charges for his service and products. Once again, you trust this person with all that is valuable in your life. So look for a reputable, well-skilled, and licensed locksmith with the credentials.
- 8Have the right security for your situation. You want the locksmith to be knowledgeable and skilled to not only give you security, but to provide the best security for you. Does he offer "on-call" service for any emergencies, such as locking yourself out of your home in the middle of the night? Is he giving you the best advice for an alarm security system for your home or business needs? You want to be sure that you are spending your hard-earned money on the appropriate security in the first place.
- 9All of these steps should be considered and followed if you want to find the best locksmith for you, your possessions, and your loved ones. You want the peace of mind and trust that your locksmith is providing you with the security and service that you deserve. Stay safe.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Jerry Rivers, Robbi