Whether it’s a car, a room, or a home—at one point or another, you have probably needed a locksmith. There’s nothing more frustrating than closing the door behind you and then realizing you’ve left the keys on the kitchen table. Or getting out of a taxi and not seeing your keys falling out of your pocket. Whatever the reason, it can put a damper on your day.
It’s important, however, to call a professional when this happens. If you are not experienced, then trying to fix the problem yourself can often at times do more harm than help. But how do you know if you’ve found a good locksmith? There are a few things to consider first.
A Local Location
One essential when choosing a locksmith? Make sure you keep location in mind. This is beneficial in two ways. First, your locksmith will be close by to quickly help solve your problem. Usually when you’ve locked yourself out, you are in a bit of a hurry!
The second benefit is that it will likely be cheaper, as locksmiths from further away can be costly for distance purposes. For example, there are several locksmiths in Mandurah, but that might not be your best choice if you live in Perth. The closer your locksmith is located, the quicker your service will be to get you back on your busy day.
Always Read Reviews
All companies will of course tell you that their service is the latest and greatest. However, to find the truth, turn to the customers to see if they live up to the hype. Check reviews for local listings in your area. Some important information to think about while searching the reviews is:
- How quickly have they have provided service in the past?
- How many types of services do they offer?
- What are their hours of availability? (Some are 24/7)
- Are they fully licensed professionals?
- How was the friendliness and approachability of the staff?
Licensure and Certifications
Just like electricians, mechanics, or plumbers, there are certifications available to become a locksmith. You likely wouldn’t choose a mechanic that is not qualified to fix a car, and you should treat your locksmith in the same manner. In Australia, the training and apprentice work is through TAFE and it can take anywhere from 1-4 years! When choosing a professional, you know you’ll be in good hands.