Three Common Myths About Locksmiths
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When you find yourself locked out of your home or business it is essential you get back in as quickly as possible before stress levels start to rise. The first thing you would normally do in these circumstances is get out your phone, search google, and call a locksmith. Let’s be honest as far as most people are concerned one locksmith is just the same as another. However, that could not be further from the truth as the services, skills and costs of locksmiths can vary massively, with some charging significantly more than others. So we thought we would look at three common myths around locksmiths that can hopefully help ensure you choose the correct one.

Locksmiths Can Pick Locks Easily

Picking certain locks is relatively straightforward and as such can be easily picked by even a locksmith with the most basic skillset. However, there is a wide variety of locking systems on the market and picking these require specialist training, years of experience and practice. A less skilled locksmith will automatically just drill into a lock to open the door causing damage and the need to replace your locks which will come at a significant cost. Alternatively, a fully skilled locksmith will usually be able to get you back into your home without damaging your door or locking mechanism. Our advice is always to look for locksmiths advertising non-Destructive entry and take note of recommendations. While the initial cost may be slightly higher it is highly likely to save you money in the long run.

All Locksmiths Charge About the Same

This could not be further from the truth as charges will often vary widely. For example, large national chains that feature prominently on advertising platforms such as google will often charge up to three times more than your local locksmith. Some locksmiths charge a call out fee and then charge by the hour. A good reputable locksmith will usually be able to provide you with an accurate quote for the job in hand when you call them. Our advice is to try and get a guarantee on the maximum price and if possible get a locksmith who doesn’t charge a call out fee. Remember spending an extra 10 minutes on the phone can save you a fortune.

Every Locksmith Guarantees Their Work

Not every locksmith uses premium quality parts and locks or provides you with a guarantee for their work. Always endeavour to choose locksmiths that are members of an accredited association such as the Master Locksmiths Association. These locksmiths have taken the trouble to become accredited and as such will always use the best British standard kite marked locks which themselves carry a guarantee.

While we understand the need to get issues resolved as quickly as possible, always try and take the time to do a little research. Let the internet be your friend or use recommendations from friends. Don’t be seduced by the offer of cut-price services, remember the old age saying, if it looks too good to be true it probably is.

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