Choosing a Locksmith
If you want to hire a locksmith to install a deadbolt or re-key your locks, you have time to check around, just like you do when you want to hire other professionals. But if you’re locked out of your car or home, you NEED help right away. If friends or family can’t bring you a spare set of keys — or recommend a locksmith — you begin your search.
Pop-A-Lock of Omaha offers you a few tips when choosing a locksmith.
Some companies run multiple ads that appear to be for a local business, but they are not familiar with Omaha. Pop-A-Lock of Omaha is proud to be Nebraska owned and operated and has been serving the area for almost twenty years.
If you want to hire a professional locksmith from a reliable local business, you need to get information about the person, the price and the business when you call.
Remember some of these key tips
- Ask for the full, legal name of the business. If an operator will give you only a generic name, think about calling a different business that will identify itself.
- Ask the operator to confirm the address shown in the ad. If the ad doesn’t show an address for the business, find out why. A legitimate locksmith who operates a “mobile” business or runs the business from home will be able to explain that.
- Get an estimate of the total cost. You might have to describe the job or the type of lock you have before you get the estimate. If the estimate is very low, confirm that it covers all fees and charges.
- Find out if the locksmith has insurance to cover your losses in case your property is damaged during a repair.
- Ask for the locksmith’s identification and business card. Make sure the information on the business card matches the company name on the invoice.
- If the estimate doesn’t match what you heard on the phone, think about whether you want to call someone else. Do not hand over your credit card until you agree with the service.
- Show your identification. A legitimate locksmith should confirm your identity and make sure you really own the property or vehicle before starting work.
- If the locksmith gives you authorization forms or other paperwork, read them over carefully before you sign, ask questions.
- If the locksmith says it’s necessary to drill your lock and replace it, think about hiring a different person. A skilled, legitimate locksmith has invested in tools and education and should have the skills to unlock almost any door.
- Before you pay, get a written invoice that shows the company name and lists labor, replacement parts and all fees you’re being charged.
- If the service was good, save the number in case there’s a next time.