Hiring a professional to help with something as important as the locks on your home, property or business should be pretty easy. All you need to do is look up “local locksmiths” and you should be quickly be able to put your finger on one qualified and ready to do what locksmiths do – provide legitimate and quality services as advertised. After all, the locksmith profession is one of the oldest and most trusted lines of work around, right?
If only it were that easy. While it’s true that locksmiths have been around for centuries, it is also true that there were “not-so-trustworthy” locksmiths even back then. As with anything this important, you are wise to do your research to find a trusted locksmith before you actually lock yourself out of your home or car, or misplace the master key to the warehouse.
How do you separate the good from the bad and what are some of the things to watch out for?
First of all, know that while some states carefully regulate and licensure and certification of locksmiths, not all do. Don’t assume that an accreditation agency is looking out for your personal safety or interests. When it comes to finding a professional locksmith you can trust, it takes a little more than an online search and selecting the one at the top of the list.
Here are a few things to look for as you begin your search to vet and identify reputable locksmith professionals:
- Does the locksmith have a “brick and mortar” business space that you can identify, drive by, or visit? Or, if you’re in contact with a mobile locksmith, do they have legitimate, verifiable history of exclusive service to your area or region?
- Can the locksmith provide references in your own community that you can contact directly to ask about their experiences and satisfaction with services? If so, be sure to take the next step and call a few to be sure.
- Look for a locksmith affiliated with the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) whose mission is to assure the professional ethics and practices of those in legitimate locksmith professions, whether or not their home state requires licensure.
- Look for a locksmith business that will provide detailed, free quotes and professional guarantees. You should never have to pay something up front to find out just what you are in for and if you aren’t satisfied with the service for any reason, there should be a commitment to make it right.
- Verify the locksmith is fully licensed (if applicable), insured and bonded. No legitimate locksmith would risk putting you or your business at risk by performing services without these assurances in place.
If you don’t have the time to check into these details, what is the worst that could happen? Plenty. Do your research now and avoid the pitfalls of making a bad decision later. The best time to find a locksmith is before you really need one.
Choosing a legitimate, professional locksmith doesn’t have to be left to chance.
If you are in the Omaha, Council Bluffs, or surrounding metropolitan area, Big Red Locksmiths can provide all the assurances you need to make sure your home and business are protected. We’ve built our reputation on providing reputable locksmith services for the area since 1992. And, with a BBB A+ rating, so you can rest easy. Call 402-554-0499. We’ll be here when you need us.