When looking for a locksmith, it is common to go to the google search engine and hire the first locksmith without even knowing him, but it is important to be very careful who we let into our homes as they will be entering your home and will have contact with the place where you are safe with your family. Scammers abound nowadays, even more so on the internet, that is why you should be very careful when hiring any service online.
The good news is that you can follow these warning signs to avoid locksmith scams:
Avoid no-name locksmith companies.
Be wary of locksmith companies that respond to calls with generic terms like “locksmith” instead of a specific name and any personal details of the locksmiths they offer. If the locksmith won’t give you the name of their company, find another one. Note that if you find a locksmith with a “local” address, look for this address on the Internet. Check to see if other companies use the same address. Ask the company to confirm the location when you call.
Beware of suspiciously “low” prices.
They attract customers by advertising low prices and then raise them once the customers arrive. They usually claim that the job is more complicated and costs more. The suspiciously low price at the beginning is a warning. When you pay a local mobile locksmith to come to your home, there are overhead costs involved. Tools, licenses, training and transportation are not cheap.
Find out about prices before you start the job.
Look for a reputable locksmith in your area who offers transparent pricing from the start. Of course, things can change if the locksmith encounters a problem, but in this case the trusted locksmith will explain why. Before starting work, get a detailed breakdown of costs and ask them to note any changes.
Don’t let the locksmith open the lock for you.
If your lock slams shut, beware of locksmiths who insist on drilling or replacing the lock. The most experienced locksmiths have the skills and tools to open almost any door. They have the option of changing the lock or replacing the key and usually only drilling is necessary to open high-security locks, so you are advised not to leave any work unattended.
Find a reputable locksmith in advance
The best way to know if a locksmith is reliable is to check them out beforehand. Call them, ask them detailed questions and check their reviews. When you find a reliable locksmith that meets all your requirements, save them in your phone so you can find them again later.
In the meantime, take the time to properly maintain your door locks. Learning how to maintain your locks will keep you from getting ripped off by locksmiths because you don’t need them. Modern locks offer the same quality of security without even the need for a key, will make your life more efficient, and will prevent a bad time if you lose your keys.