Whether you’re locked out of your house or vehicle or need to change the locks on your new home, a good locksmith is an invaluable resource. Here are a few tips on what to look for when hiring a pro.
- In most states, a locksmith must be licensed. Usually, states require the license number to be displayed publicly. Go to the state agency’s website that regulates locksmiths, check the company’s reviews, and verify that the license is current.
- How long has the locksmith been in business? A business that has operated for many years is doing something right.
- Check reviews on the Better Business Bureau, Google, and other sites for customer feedback.
- Is the locksmith knowledgeable and experienced with the latest in-home pin pad-operated locks, remote-controlled locks, and other technologies?
- Some professionals also offer alarm systems, which may require additional licensing in your state. The same due diligence steps apply if you are considering the purchase of a system.
- Check to see if the locksmith or vendor is a member of any state professional associations.
Choosing the right locksmith
Narrow your search to two or three choices, then contact them, explaining your specific needs.
Ask for prices upfront. Ask for a written estimate and warranty terms for large jobs, such as installing door locks for an entire house.
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