Getting locked out of your home or car is stressful enough, but finding the right locksmith for the job can create added stress and even lead to you being overcharged by a locksmith scammer.
Whether you’re looking for a locksmith to help you get back into your home or fix your locks or you need a reliable residential locksmith to service rental properties or to have on hand in an emergency, this guide has everything you need to know about finding a local locksmith.
Residential locksmith – Go local
Increasingly, national locksmith services rely on call centers to rent out locksmiths. These locksmiths could be anyone, may not be accredited or experienced, and could even scam you for more money. Rather than choosing national services, find a local service by searching ‘locksmith in Birmingham’ or wherever you are on Google or with a local directory.
Residential locksmith – Get multiple quotes
Even if you’re locked out of your house or car, avoid choosing the first locksmith you get a quote from. Instead, try to get three quotes from different locksmiths and always opt for locksmiths who give specific quotes rather than a minimum amount. Also make sure you have a quote specifically for the job at hand and watch out for call-out fees.
Ask for credentials
Locksmiths are not regulated in the U.K., so there is no single credential that sets apart the legitimate locksmiths from the rest. That said, there are many accrediting bodies that locksmiths can join. The Master Locksmith Association (MLA) is one of the largest locksmith accreditors in the U.K., so look out for this credential where possible.
Residential locksmith – Look at customer reviews
Many of us wouldn’t go to a restaurant without checking the online reviews. Likewise, we should also check online reviews for locksmiths. This is an easy way to find out how legitimate and reliable a locksmith is. Word-of-mouth is also important for finding great local locksmiths, so ask friends and colleagues if they can recommend someone.
Check with your insurance provider
If you have home insurance, business insurance, or car insurance, you may be able to claim back locksmith costs. Before choosing a locksmith, see if your insurance provider has a list of accepted locksmith services. They may even have locksmith services that offer a discount for members. That way, you won’t be caught out if your insurer doesn’t cover your chosen locksmith service.
Watch out for locksmith scams
By sticking to local, well-reviewed, accredited locksmiths, you’re already taking the necessary steps to avoid locksmith scams. Other ways you can watch out for locksmith scams include:
●Avoiding locksmiths that offer ‘too good to be true’ prices at less than £60
● Check for a business name on the phone and on the locksmith’s car or van
●Be wary of locksmiths who say they need to drill into your door
By finding a trustworthy, local locksmith, you can be confident that all your locksmith-related needs will be met and you won’t be overcharged and you can expect a professional service for your lock.