So often we do not find out the names and numbers of qualified specialists until we are in desperate need of one. You can change that by researching locksmiths and having a list on hand before something happens such as you lock yourself out of your home, car or office. If you are planning to have locks replaced at your residence then you have time to do the necessary research, however this is not the case when you find yourself in the middle of an emergency lock situation!
Hiring a locksmith who is legitimate, will help you with whatever you need and charges a reasonable rate is essential. If you come across a locksmithing professional over the web, in the telephone book or by calling directory assistance then take the time to verify that the business address and phone number is valid. This is a means of guaranteeing that you do not end up calling on the services of a disreputable company.
Be aware that some companies of this sort work from their home location or have a “mobile” business and therefore no physical address to speak of. This would explain why you cannot find an address for the business. In this case the individual may be every bit as skilled or qualified as a lock specialist who has his own business storefront.
Make sure you select a company that has a specific legal name. If you call up the company and the person answering the phone just says “Hello” or gives a generic phrase then this is a red flag that there is a problem. Listen to the alarm bells in your head and try the numbers of other similar businesses.
Ask for an estimate for the work to be done and/or for replacement parts before the work actually gets underway. A legitimate professional will have no trouble doing that for you. Some may even be able to provide you with an estimate over the phone when you explain what work needs to be done and/or what problems you have encountered with a lock.
If you have been quoted an estimate over the phone and then the locksmith arrives and tells you that it will cost you an entirely different amount do not let the person do the work. Instead call someone else who can be trusted.
Some companies charge extra fees for such things as answering calls on weekends or holidays or coming out in the middle of the night. Some companies also charge more if they have to drive further than what they are used to in order to assist you. Before you hire the company or individual to do any work for you it would be wise to find out if any extra fees will be charged and what applies to you.