To most people choosing a Locksmith is a spur of the moment, last minute, in a panic kind of whoever is available to get me out of a fix thing.
Is this really the way you want to select the person who you will place your trust in, let’s face it Locksmiths have access to your family and treasured belongings – hardly a hit and miss choice you would think.
Your Locksmith should be able to provide you with the information you need to make an informed choice to use their services. Here are our tips to help you find a Locksmith that you can call when you need to:
1. Referral by word of mouth
Recommendations of friends, your family and your extended network are a great way of finding a trustworthy Locksmith. Word of mouth is also how you can avoid the more shady Locksmiths operating in your area as well.
Once you have the names of some trusted providers you can go one step further and research them online. Use forums, social media and other sites to find out whether people have documented serious complaints and service issues.
2. Local is best
Find a reliable Automotive Locksmith, Commercial Locksmith or Residential Locksmith that is based near your home or business. This way they are close by when you need their services and it may even reduce the cost.
Having the number of a service that can help you if you become stranded in your car can also be a plus.
3. Master Locksmith and other guarantees
It is always wise to use a Locksmith that is a member of the MLA (Master Locksmiths Association). This membership indicates that they are qualified and experienced, are licensed to operate as a Locksmith and have agreed to follow the MLA code of ethics and conduct.
This gives you peace of mind knowing that you are dealing with a qualified professional. If a Locksmith also personally guarantees their work you know that you are dealing with someone who has confidence in their own ability to do a great job.
4. Find value for money
Get a quote before the work is started. Prices can vary for different Locksmith services so it is worth spending some time getting different quotes to ensure that you get the best price for work that needs to be done.
Your preferred provider must have insurance. In the case of damage to your property during and installation or repair the Locksmiths insurance will cover the cost of any losses.
Your Favourite Professional
Don’t wait until you have an emergency to research Locksmiths it will end up costing you more and you may not end up with a provider that is properly qualified for the job.
At Five Star Locksmiths we have the experience and expertise to help you with all of your Residential, Commercial and Automotive security needs in Melbourne. Contact us for a free quote.