It seems that regardless of where you live in the United States finding a reputable locksmith is always bit of a chore, finding a locksmith in Waterloo is no different. Recent stories that have been aired on almost all local news stations regarding dishonest locksmiths in the Waterloo area have stressed the importance of taking your time and choosing carefully when it comes to selecting a locksmith. Unfortunately, most of the time when you need a locksmith, time is not luxury that you have. So we recommend taking the tips outlined in this article and applying them now so that when you’re in need of an emergency locksmith you’ll be ready.
A good Waterloo locksmith should be able to provide a range of services, including fitting and re-keying locks, extracting a broken key from the ignition of your car, and installing high security locks at commercial locations. Also, take into consideration the emergency locksmith services your potential Waterloo Locksmith offer, are they available 24 hrs. Do they respond to emergency vehicle lockouts, how quickly they can get there? With so many questions as to what makes a great locksmith we narrowed down our top ten things to look for when it comes to finding a reputable Waterloo locksmith.
- Make a list of all your locksmith requirements. If you just purchased a new property, or moved to a new area, ask a friend or neighbor to recommend a good local of locksmith service. If you have someone on an online, see if there are any testimonials or references. The more information you have, the easier it will be to make a decision on who to hire. If it’s going to be a larger job such as rekeying your whole house or business, ask for recommendations and contact information of previous clients. Contact these previous clients about their experience dealing with this Waterloo locksmith.
- What type of locksmith services do they offer? It’s best to hire a Waterloo locksmith that is able to perform a wide variety of services. That way you can work with the same one again and again. It will save you time searching for someone all over again, and you would have already established trust and a good working relationship.
- Ask if they are bonded and insured. This assures you that the locksmith company can take care of damage to your property during the service.
- Ask for a business license number. Not having a license is a big red flag for you not to use this particular company.
- Does your locksmith offer, as part of their locksmith services, a free estimate for any work they are doing BEFORE they perform the work? Choose a locksmith that is able to give a free estimate for any non-emergency work. This is always a good idea.
- Do they offer emergency locksmith services? Are the emergency locksmith services available 24 hours a day? A good local locksmith should be able to be on-site within 30 minutes in the event of an emergency, such as locking yourself out of your home. Definitely pick a locksmith that responds to emergency automobile call-outs. Types of scenarios include a broken key in the ignition, or an emergency lockout.
- Does your locksmith have a good ‘reputation’? Check with the Better Business Bureau for more information about their history. You can also check with your local Better Business Bureau about possible reports of unsatisfied customers pertaining to this locksmith.
- Find out whether the local Waterloo locksmith that you are considering has the appropriate professional qualifications, or has membership with trade associations, such as the Associated Locksmiths of America. You want to make sure that the person is up to the job.
- Call other locksmith companies for their prices. This will give you an idea on how much the service you require will cost. An approximate going rate for a locksmith is $40 – $60. Shopping around is fine, but beware of “low price” offers don’t settle for open-ended quotes. The quote you get by phone should be what you pay.
- When you finally find a good local locksmith, make sure you have the telephone number handy at all times.