When you’ve suddenly found yourself locked out of your home, finding a trustworthy and reliable locksmith who can quickly and efficiently solve your dilemma will be a top concern. But what should you consider when choosing a locksmith?
It is always a good idea to make note of a reputable locksmith before you actually need one, as this means you can research your options more thoroughly, rather than having to hire one on a whim.
Many locksmiths build their reputation on word of mouth, so ask around – see if friends or family have any recommendations they can pass on. Find out how long the locksmith has been in business, and if they come with any worthy accreditations or testimonials.
If a locksmith is licensed by a relevant trading body, such as the Master Locksmiths’ Association (MLA) or the National Network of Approved Locksmiths (NNAL), this is a good indication of quality standards and expertise.
It makes sense to choose a locksmith who is as local as possible, for the sake of convenience, but also because if you contact a national company, you can’t be sure who will be given the job. Local businesses also tend to offer cheaper rates than national firms.
It goes without saying that you should choose a locksmith that offers a 24-hour call-out service in the event of an emergency, but also research if a locksmith offers a specific response time. Ideally, you want one that can be with you within the hour.
Before you decide to hire a particular locksmith, make sure they have given you a clear indication of what you can expect to pay for the job. Some locksmiths may slap you with a call-out charge on top of their services, so choose one that doesn’t do this, and has transparent costs.
If you’re looking for a reputable locksmith in the Leicester area, why not consider JG Locksmiths? Call us today on 01163 400131 for all your lock needs.