Depending on where you are located, there can be a plethora of locksmiths in your area. This can make for an extremely difficult decision when trying to decide who to use. Corporate clients tend to have it a little easier, as they are able to associate with other companies and inquire about the locksmith they use. In essence, they are gathering references. This works more easily for corporate clients because there are less of them. If a resident asks for references, they have thousands of people they can ask just in their immediate neighborhood. With this being said, there are some questions that can be asked in a universal setting that can help separate the wheat from the chaff.
These are just a few of the many questions that can be asked to a potential locksmith:
- Are you bonded and insured?
- This is an important question to ask because a true, legitimate locksmith will be able to show you his/her papers and proof of insurance.
- How long have you been in business?
- This may be asked to show the locksmith’s experience. Many locksmiths continue the trade through their family and can trace their business back a generation. This can help to insure the quality of the work that this locksmith does.
- Do you have static pricing?
- It is always important to know pricing, as this can make or break a decision depending on the client. It is important to consider that a more experienced locksmith may be worth a little extra cost, but you shouldn’t be paying an arm and a leg for a job that most locksmiths can do easily.
- Are you open 24 hours?
- Being open 24/7 is always a good thing to know, but may or may not be a deal breaker. Most of the time things break during the day, when they are being used the most, but there are those inopportune times when something fails after hours. It is always good to know a couple locksmiths that do service 24/7 even if this is not your primary locksmith.
- Piggy-backing on to this question – Are there extra fees for after-hours calls?
- This like the question previously can be important to know, as it allows you to gauge whether or not you would rather call a locksmith out immediately, or wait until the next day.
There are also a few other resources that can be used to find a reliable locksmith for your needs. Many states or areas will have a Locksmith Association that you can get in contact with to gather a list of many different locksmiths in the area/state.