While you will probably want to ensure that an emergency locksmith comes to your home or place of business as soon as possible, it is worth taking the time to ensure that you choose the right person for the job. Here are a few questions that you should ask before hiring an emergency locksmith.
Are they an emergency locksmith?
Not all professional locksmiths will operate on an emergency’ basis. A small number will require you to make a booking, which probably won’t be that convenient if you need to get into a building now.
If you are calling a locksmith in the middle of the day, then you can always ask them if they operate on an emergency basis. If it is the middle of the night and their advertisements or website doesn’t mention ’emergencies’, then they probably are not right for you.
Are they qualified for the job?
Not all locksmiths will be qualified to do every job given to them. For example; certain locksmiths may not be able to deal with car lock issues.
When you call a locksmith, it is important that you describe the problem in detail. They can then tell you whether they can help you out or not.
Beyond this, you may want to ask them how much experience they have being locksmiths. If a locksmith has been in business for a while, then you can assume that they will be a ‘safer bet’ than one that may have only just started up their company.
While we are all of promoting brand new businesses, you will always want to ensure that you have somebody with experience on the job. Things get done quicker, and there will be far fewer headaches.
Is there a guarantee or warranty on any services offered?
What happens if the locksmith arrives and it turns out they can’t fix the problem? You may want to find out whether you will still need to pay them.
What happens if they have to replace the locks? Is there any sort of warranty on these locks? What happens if they need to be replaced a few months from now because they are broken?
Any locksmith worth their salt will have a warranty on their services. It shows that they have trust in what they are offering.
How much will it cost?
A locksmith may not be able to tell you the exact price over a phone call, but they should be able to give you a rough price based on what you have told them. Remember; if the problem ends up being more complicated that you described, the locksmith may charge extra money for their services.
While you are unlikely to be able to call multiple locksmiths in an emergency situation, it is always important to know roughly how much is going to be charged for the services. Remember; a locksmith will likely charge more for their emergency services, particularly if you contact them outside of normal working hours.
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