If there is one moment that you need to know that you can rely on a person, it is when you get a locksmith to your property. After all, this person is going to open your property without using a key or replace your lock. It is essential that you are confident that you are dealing with a professional who can take care of your property. But if you are not experienced in the industry of lock installation or repair, it could be difficult.
What is a bad locksmith?
- People who insist on cash jobs.
- People who don’t issue a legitimate invoice. (Which is required as a form of guarantee.
- People who over price jobs. (Get some quotes).
- If a person has a nice new van and a nice sign this still doesn’t guarantee the work or the price.
- People who don’t tell the truth to customers and people who are evasive.
Bad locksmiths are people who claim to have the skills needed to open a locked door but who really lack the training and expertise to carry out the job in the correct way. Sometimes they are known as rogue locksmiths. Typically, they target people who are in a vulnerable and desperate position, such as those who are locked out of their home. For example, they might come out to a house where the homeowner has lost their keys or has arrived home to find the lock jammed or vandalised. They will offer to open the lock, but do so in a way that damages the door more than necessary, before charging inflated prices for the repair.
Trusted Locksmiths Blyth
How can you identify a locksmith is reputable?
Do your homework, look on sites such as Checkatrade where other people will have left reviews.
Remember it’s not all about the cost, look for Locksmiths who use good products and who have knowledge of what they are doing. Ask questions.
Some people will be in this trade for the money they can make and some wont. It’s a difficult one to assess as you might not have enough time to do your research thoroughly.
- Word of mouth.
- Ask friends and family about who they have used and if they have been decent and reputable.
- This is as good a method as anything.
It could be difficult to know who to trust and who not to trust if you are not experienced with locks. However, there are some things that you can do to ensure that you are not being taken advantage of. One is to look at the website. Do they have a clearly identifiable address that is in the area near to you, or is the website deliberately vague and lacking in clear identification? Also, take a look at the locksmith reviews. You might find these on the website, but you could also ask for references that you can check, such as a satisfied customer. Some companies will not just rely on references on their own website, but have verified references. For example, Strongs Locksmith Services uses the ‘checked and vetted’ references system, which means that you can confirm that the reviews are genuine.
Of course, if you are locked out, you might not have the time to do a thorough check, but you can also see what the person is like when they come out. A professional should be willing to show you some identification. More importantly, they should try to use professional skills. In most instances, a trained and professional locksmith will use trade skills like lock picking or slipping the lock. Drills and heavier tools only come out as a last resort, and in extreme cases such as where a lock has been filled with superglue in an act of vandalism.
Time could be of the essence; sometimes for quickness a locksmith will make a decision to break a lock as the customer might need to get in quickly
Who can you turn to if you are looking for a reliable locksmith?
For trusted locksmiths, Blyth customers can contact Strongs Locksmith Services. We provide professional locksmith services which are reliable. We have verified references to verify our past work, and we always use trade skills to minimise any damage to the door and keep your costs low. We don’t charge VAT (like many Companies do) (20% extra) And all our work comes with a 1 year parts and labour guarantee.