When it comes to getting any kind of lock work on your home or business, there’s no replacing a qualified, reputable locksmith. Your usual handyman will not understand the complications involved in making sure that your locks and door hardware give you the security they were created to provide in the first place.
Common issues include lock installations where master pins allow other unauthorized keys to operate the lock; entry locks that do not perfectly align with the strike; and jambs that are not mortised well enough, such that deadbolts do not actually lock.
Here are tips to help you avoid these scenarios:
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1. Choose local.
The Path To Finding Better Professionals
Dishonest persons and companies with no training operate all across the country, flooding phone directories and the Internet with ads meant to keep the gullible away from reputable local locksmiths.
Even as these companies typically prey on those looking for emergency service, – for instance, folks who’ve been locked out of their homes or vehicles – they have also been noted to offer other locksmith services of extremely poor quality at prices well in excess of what a qualified locksmith would have collected from them. They entice people with ads, claiming dramatically low service call rates and infeasible response times.
If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Always look for a local company.
2. Consider reviews and referrals.
Independent consumer websites are a great starting point. Since paying members write their reviews, these sites are less susceptible to manufactured testimonies. Definitely, referrals your friends and relatives provide are also usually reliable.
3. Assess credentials.
Though some locksmiths will be happy to have limited number of skills and confine their work to those specific areas, most will worker harder to know more about the trade, giving them the chance to expand their businesses and offer improved service to their customers.
A lot of manufacturers offer product-unique training, but ALOA Security Professionals Association and the Society of Professional Locksmiths (SOPL) – two big organizations – are providing ongoing locksmith training. Both run directories as well, allowing customers to find members who are operating in their area.
SOPL members, after passing all requirements and background checks, are issued photo IDs with a QR code; hence, customers are able to ascertain their updated membership status.
Note that most professional locksmiths are glad to answer questions regarding locks and door hardware, and will probably ask you a few questions themselves as to your needs. With that, they are able to prepare for the job you have for them – not something call center representatives of less legit organization can do for you.
In any case, it is important that you are comfortable with any person or company you choose. Of course, that after you have looked into their credentials and reputation.