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Checklist for Hiring a Locksmith

Hiring a locksmith should take time, thought, and research. After all, you wouldn’t want just anyone working on the security of your property. Often though, people rush this process by simply hiring someone they find on a Google search. While this saves you time, it is a gamble on the service you will be getting and the price you will be paying. There are many scammers out there who’s main goal is to take your money, so it is very important to do research before hiring a locksmith. 

We discussed the basics of a locksmith’s service and how to find one in our article, Everything You Need to Know About Locksmiths, but now we dig a little further.

At this point, you know you need a locksmith, and you know exactly what you need them for, but you need to find a reliable one. We gathered some tips and put together a checklist for you when you need to hire a locksmith. 

Finding a Business
  • Ask for their full, legal business name (should not be just called “Locksmith Service”)
  • Find the address of the business, and look up the location to confirm it is their actual business
  • Search their reviews, you’ll want to find someone with a good reputation
What to Ask Before
  • Ask for a price estimate for the cost of the job and make sure it covers all fees (labor, parts, travel time)
  • Ask for them to bring a written copy of this estimate
  • Ask if they have insurance to cover you in case they damage your property
*Some locksmiths may be members of the ALOA or be in one of the fifteen states that requires locksmiths to be licensed. If they are, you should check this information out beforehand and make sure they have proof when arriving. 

When they Arrive
  • Look for their logo on the van/truck (almost all with have some sort of identification of the company) 
Ask to see their:
  • ID
  • License or registration (if your state requires it) 
  • Proof of insurance
*Look at the written estimate and make sure it matches what was given over the phone (if it’s quite different, see why, or consider finding a different locksmith)

 The locksmith should:
  • Check your ID
  • Confirm you are the owner of the property before beginning work
  • May ask you to sign paperwork (make sure you READ before signing)
 After the Service
  • Get the itemized invoice in writing that covers all fees you are being charged for
  • Save their number to use in the future

*Note- A skilled locksmith will most likely be able to unlock any door, so be skeptical about anyone who claims they need to drill your lock to replace it. You’re best off getting a second opinion. 

If at any time you feel unsure about a locksmith upon arrival, don’t do business with them! Don’t allow them to begin work and do not hand over your credit card until you are certain they are not a scam. This will save you money in the long run.  

Let us know in the comments if you have any tips in hiring a locksmith!

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