There are a lot of people that are passing themselves off as locksmiths these days. They assume that they know what they are doing and sometimes they can get you into a home. In order to fool or scam you they will work within sketchy rules and regulations. There are several things that you should watch out for when you hire a locksmith. The following tips can help you avoid scams straightway.
Professionalism in Communication
When you call pay close attention to how your locksmith answers the phone. If they do not specify their business name or identify with a specific company don’t hire them. Some individuals that are pose as companies and answer their calls with a “locksmith” or “hello” instead of a professional greeting. Always be careful here. Business casual greetings are fine but be wary of greetings that are to casual.
Locksmiths in various cities have to be licensed. This applies to locksmiths in nearly all states and even counties/parishes. Never be afraid to ask for an ID and to view their licensing information. If they are not ready to give you that or are unusually hesitant don’t consider hiring them. Move on promptly.
Always ask for a price up front. Don’t move past a phone call if they don’t have at least an average price or offer a free estimate . Be thorough and ask about any ask about any extra fees that may come up. It’s important that you do not let them tack on more costs after an estimate so ask up front.
Look At The Vehicles
Legitimate locksmith businesses have company vehicles with signage. Even “new” companies have this. If someone shows up in an unmarked vehicle with no signage be careful. Clearly marked vehicles are important to consider when looking to hire professionals in this field.
If you’re locked out for any reason do not allow anyone to drill through your car door or home’s doorknobs. Professionals in this field have tools that can help them get through without having to rely on these tricks. Furthermore, don’t trust the “coat hanger” trick, or anything that seems like “amateur” hour when they arrive. Professionals are not going to rely on “tricks”, but rather expertise, and it will show in the tools they use and work they produce.
At the end of the day make sure that you look into hiring only professionals. Look for licensed, well-reviewed, and low cost solutions especially if you are dealing with an emergency. It’s easy to get scammed especially when you’re in a hurry. Take your time and do your research.