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How to Choose a Locksmith When it comes to fixing or installing any type of lock on your home or place of business, nothing beats hiring a qualified and reputable locksmith. Your regular handyman will not have a good grasp of the intricacies of making sure that your locks and door hardware provide the level of security their manufacturers wanted them to offer. Typical issues include inadequately mortised jambs, creating the possibility of deadbolts failing to lock; installation of locks with master pins that permit other keys (keys outside of those provided to the owner) to work with the lock; and entry locks that are not well aligned with the strike. The following are tips that will help you avoid such scenarios:
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1. Go local.
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Unprincipled individuals and companies with no training operate all over the country, flooding telephone directories and the web with advertisements that are intended to drive the vulnerable away from highly reputed local locksmiths. Although these companies generally prey on those who seek emergency service, like people locked out of their cars or homes, they have also been observed to provide other locksmith services of exceptionally poor quality at prices well beyond what a qualified locksmith would have billed them. They attract their targets with advertising, claiming very low service call rates and impracticable response times. If something sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Always look for a local company. 2. Give weight to reviews and referrals. Good starting points are independent consumer websites. Since paying members write their reviews, these sites are less susceptible to manufactured testimonies. Definitely, referrals your friends and relatives provide are also usually reliable. 3. Assess credentials. Even as some locksmiths are satisfied with learning a few skills and limiting their work to those areas, most will take the extra mile to learn more about the business, and this allows them to grow and be of better service to their customers. A lot of manufacturers offer product-unique training, but ALOA Security Professionals Association and the Society of Professional Locksmiths (SOPL) – two big organizations – are providing ongoing locksmith training. The two offer directories that allow customers to search for local members. Once they have passed all background checks and membership requirements, SOPL members are given photo ID cards that include a QR code, allowing customers to verify their updated membership status. Note that professional locksmiths are most often happy to answer queries related to locks and door hardware, and will likely even throw you some questions themselves about your needs and requirements. With that, they are able to prepare for the job you have for them – not something call center representatives of less legit organization can do for you. In any case, make sure you are comfortable with whomever you decide to hire. Of course, that after you have looked into their credentials and reputation.