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Tips for Finding a Locksmith Service

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You just never know when you might need a locksmith service, so its best not to wait until you’re having an emergency before you find one.

The best place to start is by asking around. Ask friends and family and business colleagues. If they can’t help you out, visit some local businesses and ask them if they use a locksmith that they could recommend.

If you still haven’t found one this way, it’s time to turn to the yellow pages or the internet. But do be careful. Just because a locksmith has an ad in the book or online does not mean he’s a reputable businessman.

You might want to run the locksmith service name through the Better Business Bureau or the Associated Locksmiths of America to see if there are any complaints against them.

Now you need to make some phone calls. Call at least two or three different locksmiths and make sure that the locksmith is certified and insured.

Find out if the locksmith provides a 24-7 service and if so if he charges extra for night or weekend callouts. If he does then shop around, many master locksmiths do not make these extra charges.

If you hire the locksmith, when he arrives check his identification, license and insurance documents. Don’t feel embarrassed to do this, you are just making sure he is safe to use.

If you need a big job such as replacing all the locks on your house, find a locksmith that will offer a free quote for the whole job.

Once you have found a locksmith service you can trust, keep his number in your cell phone so you can reach him in an emergency.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to find a local locksmith service and you do get into trouble then the best thing to do is call 411 and request a number. However, stay calm and do not hire the first locksmith you speak to. Talk to at least two locksmiths and get and estimate for the job. Do not sign or agree to hire them until you are sure of all the facts.

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