To most people choosing a locksmith happens on the spur of the moment, last minute, in a panic kind, selecting whoever is available to get them out of a pickle.
Is this really the way you want to select the person who you will place your trust in? Locksmiths have access to your family and treasured belongings, so you should have look for a few important elements and make an informed decision, when choosing a locksmith.
Here are our tips to help you find a Locksmith that you can trust:
1. Referral by word of mouth
Recommendations from friends, family and extended network are a great way of finding a trustworthy Locksmith. Once you have the names of some recommended locksmiths you can go one step further and research them online. Use the Locksmiths Guild of Australia, the Master Locksmith Association of Australasia, forums, social media and other sites to find out whether the locksmith is qualified and if the locksmith has any documented complaints or service issues made about them.
2. Local is best
Find a reliable locksmith that is based near your home or business. This way they are close by when you need their services and it may even reduce the cost. Having the number of a service that can help you if you become locked out of your car, office or home can also be a plus by reducing their response times.
3. Master Locksmith and other guarantees
It is always wise to use a Locksmith that is a member of the MLAA (Master Locksmiths Association of Australasia) or Locksmith Guild of Australia. These memberships indicate that the locksmith is qualified and experienced, is licensed to operate as a locksmith and has agreed to follow a code of ethics and conduct.
This gives you peace of mind knowing that you are dealing with a qualified professional. If a locksmith also personally guarantees their work you know that you are dealing with someone who has confidence in their own ability to do a great job.
4. Find value for money
Get a quote before any work is started. Prices can vary for different locksmith services, so it is worth spending some time getting quotes to ensure that you get the best price for work that needs to be done.
Your Sydney locksmith must have insurance. In the case of damage to your property during and installation or repair the locksmith’s insurance will cover the cost of any losses.
Don’t wait until you have an emergency to research locksmiths as it will end up costing you more and you may not end up with a locksmith who is properly qualified for the job.
At Britlock Locksmiths we have the experience and expertise to help you with all of your security needs.