Don’t Get Swindled, Get Smart!
Lock and key emergencies happen to everyone. From lockouts to missing keys, to broken locks at you’re home or commercial space, everyone needs the services of a professional locksmith from time to time. After all, locks and keys, like all hardware, are prone to damage and require the occasional maintenance or replacement job.
Some folks can handle a simple job – like switching out locks – more or less by themselves. But for those who are inclined toward guaranteeing quality work and security, hiring a professional locksmith is your best option. Unfortunately, there are many less-than-reputable people in this industry, and hiring them to work on your locks can wind up causing more damage and more money spent. With locksmith fraud on the rise, it can be hard to know who to trust. That’s why we’re sharing our 3 tips for choosing a qualified locksmith.
What Should You Consider When Hiring a Locksmith?
1. Check That They’re Licensed
Before agreeing to hire someone for a job, make sure to ask to see their license and identification. Requirements for locksmith licensing vary from state to state, so check what the laws are in your area. Many states do not require locksmiths to have a license, which ups the chance of your hiring someone completely unqualified to work with your locks and keys. We recommend ALWAYS selecting a licensed locksmith, even if your state doesn’t require it.
2. Get an Estimate First
When you’re on the phone with a locksmith, always request an estimate on the service you require BEFORE agreeing to hire them. And make sure to ask about supplemental charges that may apply, such as weekend rates, emergency fees, and anything else you may not anticipate. A qualified locksmith will be able to give you an estimate, and won’t attempt to inflate the price after the job’s done. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is. Don’t be duped into choosing a locksmith because they advertise extremely low prices – you haven’t come upon a “reasonable” professional, you’ve just stumbled into a scam.
3. Verify Their Locality
While it’s not necessary for mobile locksmiths to operate a storefront, they are still required to have a physical corporate address. Make sure this is the case for the locksmith you’re looking into. Locksmith scamming is a lucrative, growing industry, and one way scammers get around this is by listing an address that doesn’t actually exist. Verify their listed address by searching it in Google Maps, and then check out the Street View of the location. If the place where their location is supposed to be is an empty lot, then they’re not worth your trust.
Licensed Locksmith in Bay Area
Looking for a licensed and insured locksmith in the Bay area? Give Omad Locksmith a call! We’re always there for you when you need us!