Have you ever wondered what you will do if you find yourself locked out of your house or car? Naturally your first step would be to look for the spare one. But what if there isn’t any? What you can do is hire a local locksmith. Now hiring a locksmith is not as easy as it sounds. You must check the expertise of the locksmith before hiring him. You must be warned that it is possible that some of the locksmith companies advertising in your phonebook may actually not be that “local” as they appear. They may not have any professional training at all. Most importantly you may be fooled, scammed or even worse, overcharged!
When that specific “Local” is actually a really long distance. Just imagine, a company far away from your place chooses a name for itself which is similar to that of a local locksmith. The company advertises using a local phone number and address in the phonebook or on web. When you call, you are actually connected to somewhere else. Doesn’t that make you feel uncomfortable?
Picking the perfect locksmith. How to pick the perfect locksmith for you? First of fall, consider researching local locksmiths before you actually need one, just like you do for plumbers, electricians or any other professional. This works in your favor if you want to feel secure while some stranger is working inside your home. But obviously you can’t do this in case of emergency, because you won’t have any time for a thorough research.
So, in case of emergency situations
• If you find a locksmith in phonebook or on internet and a business address is provided, confirm that the number does belong to him. Some companies list the street numbers just to give a false impression of being local. You can easily verify the addresses by matching them with their phone numbers. If you call a locksmith without any street number listed, just ask him “Why?” and you will easily judge if he is genuine or not.
• Write down phone numbers and addresses of several businesses for the future references in case you are not willing to go to the first locksmith you call..
• Make sure that the locksmith company sends is insured.
• When your locksmith arrives, immediately ask for identification and his business card.
Resolve your problems If you have any issue with your locksmith, act quickly and try to resolve the dispute with the company.