To avoid hiring an unethical locksmith or unskilled worker to solve your locked-out problem, take the time to research the company first. It’s best to use someone in anon-emergency situation. In that way you will get to know them and possibly use them when you are locked out of your home or car.
And follow these tips before you hire any locksmith in Belfast.
The best way to know whether a locksmith is trustworthy is to research them in advance. Call them, ask them detailed questions and check their reviews.
If you’re in a hurry, be wary of locksmith companies that answer calls with generic phrases like “locksmith services,” rather than a specific name. If a locksmith cannot or will not provide the business’ legal name, find another locksmith.
1.Make sure it’s a truly “local” locksmith
If you find a locksmith with a “local” address, search for that specific address online and see whether any other businesses use the same address. Ask them over the phone or via messenger where they are located.
Also, use extra scrutiny if a locksmith company uses an 800 number instead of a local phone number. It’s often a sign you’re dealing with a call center.
2.Ask the locksmith for a quote over the phone/messenger
Call center locksmiths typically quote prices that will also include service fees. They might be claiming, that the job is more complicated and will cost more. The call is normally answered by a person, that is reading from a script and might not have any practical knowledge of fixing locks.
It’s best to talk with the professional locksmith, who will be doing the work for you.
You are paying to get a locksmith shop at your home. And with that, there’s a bit of overhead.
A locksmith’s fee pays for tools, any licensing costs, continued training and transportation to and from a job.
Get an estimate before any work begins, including emergency service. Don’t hire a locksmith who refuses to provide an estimate.
3.Helpful questions to ask before you get the locksmith to your house/car
Ask these questions before hiring a locksmith. If a business can’t provide detailed answers, don’t hire them.
• Where are you located?
• How will you get into the house? Will you need to drill my lock? Can you tell me the exact process?
• Do you need a picture of the lock?
• Can you give me an estimate? What factors will cause this price to change?
• Do you require cash, or can I pay with a card?
• What’s the name of the locksmith who will be coming?
If you are in Belfast or the surrounding area you can call me.
My name is Mark and I have been working as a locksmith for over 20 years.I am based in Belfast and it’s where I live.
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