How do I find a good locksmith?
It’s probably weird to think that finding a proper locksmith isn’t as simple as just pulling a random name from the phone book, but it’s true. Just as when you’re looking to have any sort of professional work done, you don’t want to just hire anyone to do it, you want the right person for the right job. The question still remains, but how do I find a good locksmith? There are a few steps a person can take in finding the right locksmith and this article will walk anyone who’s looking, right through them.
- Checking with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). While there are many locksmiths out there that advertise their services and aren’t certified, you want to make sure you find one that is. The Better Business Bureau keeps a record of business’s and the experiences that have been had with them. They check to see if a business is credited, has faced any lawsuits and so forth. This is a great starting foundation on finding a certified locksmith.
- Use Google. While this may return results in your area, try to find out some information on them through their local website. By law, any locksmith that is certified is required to reveal their license number. If they’re unable to or even refuse, there’s a good chance they’re not certified and you don’t want to use them.
- Ask for references. No matter the type of business the person you need to hire is in, they should be able to provide you with a list of references. You can ask them about their experiences with the company, what to expect and so forth. Of course, if they weren’t worth the time then their references will reflect that.
- Ask friends and family. This is likely the easiest path to go down. If you know someone who’s had to use a locksmith before, whether good or bad, this is a great foundation of weeding out the bad businesses to stay away from and the one’s you want to do service with.
- Look at their reviews on places like Yelp. An honest review is going to be a dead giveaway on the service the company offers and the type of locksmith you’re dealing with.
- Look for telltale signs. In many cases, if a locksmith isn’t up to par they’ll beat around the bush when it comes to offering a quote or what the project may cost. A real locksmith should be able to be upfront and provide an exact quote or close estimate about project costs.