5 Tips to Finding a Locksmith You Can Trust

When dealing with an emergency like getting locked out of your home, you simply don’t have time to search for the best locksmith. While I’ve used this argument for building a team of contractors so you’re prepared for emergencies, my list has never included a locksmith. I knew it was important to share these tips on finding a locksmith you can trust. That’s because home security is a key element of home safety.

PS Thought it was fun showing a door with an old fashion, skeleton key lock.

Finding a Locksmith Tip #1: Timing

Your home is your castle and you want to protect it. A good time to find a locksmith is right after you buy your home. Changing your locks is the only way you know that others don’t have keys to your home. You’re already researching other contractors for your home management team, so add a locksmith to your list.

Alternatively, you might switch to one of the new smart locks, that lets you track everyone entering your home. Before you buy your smart lock, consider all the other smart products you’ll be buying. You want smart products that work together, or connect through a common Internet hub.

Finding a Locksmith Tip #2: Verify the Business

Once you’ve found a locksmith, research the business online. Confirm they’re using a local address (Google maps will show you what it looks like). Check their online reviews. Call them outside normal working hours to insure they’ve got phone coverage for emergencies.

When talking to the office, ask questions about their process. How does their pricing work? Will they give you a rough estimates over the phone? Are their locksmiths licensed? Will they give you the name of the locksmith being sent to your home?

Finding a Locksmith Tip #3: Ask for Identification

When the locksmith arrives at your home, the most important thing to do is check their identification. All licensed locksmiths have a Master Security License Number. This number should be displayed on their vehicle and their photo identity card. If they say they’re licensed but don’t have their card, I’d suggest sending them on their way.

Finding a Locksmith Tip #4: Get a Written Estimate

After the locksmith has reviewed the situation, they should be able to give you a written estimate. That’s how my handyman business worked. First we’d build a list of projects over the phone. Then we’d estimate how much time everything would take, which allowed us to give a rough estimate. After our handyman technicians reviewed the work, they’d confirm or adjust the estimate.

Before you decide to replace your own door lock, consider the cost of the tools and hardware, in addition to your time. Locksmith estimates may include the following:

Service fees including transportation and additional charges for emergency service outside normal business hours. My handyman business charged a flat “trip fee” that covered our time to drive to/from the job site.

Hardware fees if a lock has to be replaced (lock and strike plate) or re-keyed. According to Improvement.com “If a locksmith tells you the locking mechanism needs to be replaced, you may want to get a second opinion.”

Make sure you have an opportunity to review, approve and sign-off on the estimate before work starts. This will help avoid questions at the end of the job.

Finding a Locksmith Tip #5: Pay via Credit Card

All legitimate businesses today take credit cards. It’s the safest way to pay because you’re protected against fraud. Never pay cash as there’s no way to trace it, and no recourse. And with today’s smart phones, there are lots of devices like the “Square” that enable payments through the phone (shown above).

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Nine must know tips to secure your home

Whenever you are planning a well-deserved holiday break make sure your home is secure before you set out on your journey.

Bianca de Beer, spokesman for Dialdirect Insurance urged homeowners to ensure that their home security is top-notch before going away.

“According to the SA Victims of Crime Survey 2016, unguarded doors and windows greatly increase your risk for burglaries and break-ins.

“Of the 30 000 people surveyed, 44.8 per cent stated that burglars entered their homes by smashing a door and 34.2 per cent said they got in through a window.

“Interestingly, the days are also long gone when criminals mostly waited for the dark of night for cover, with 24.3 per cent of these break-ins occurring in the afternoon,” said de Beer.

With this in mind, having burglar bars fixed to all opening windows and security gates fitted to all external doors is no longer a nice to have – it’s become essential.

Here are some other things you can do to ensure you find home in the exact same state you left it in before going on holiday.

First check that you are properly covered on your insurance policy for all of your household items.

The amount for which you have insured the contents of your home should be equivalent to the amount it would cost to replace all the items with new items, at today’ prices.

Make sure you have an up-to-date inventory list of all your household possessions.

Most insurance companies will also recommend that you have an alarm system installed that is linked to a reliable armed response company.

Even with both of these measures in place, the lack of a human presence in your home is always obvious from outside. The best way to ensure peace of mind is to employ a house sitter. A house that’s occupied is almost always safer than a house that’s empty. See if you can get a trusted friend or relative to stay at your home while you are away.

Curtains being opened and closed, lights being switched on and off and the presence of a car in the driveway are all signs that people are coming and going.

If nobody will be house sitting, it’s worth your while to put your lights on a timer, and in several rooms. Set the timer to turn on the living room lights at sunset, as you would if you were home.

Cut back any trees or bushes that obscure your front door or driveway. These could be used as hiding places.

Clean up in the garden and be sure to lock away spades, rakes and other tools which could conceivably be used to break a window or gain entry into your home.

De Beer also reminds homeowners that upgrading their home security could result in lower home contents insurance premiums.

“The level of security in your home is one of the underwriting conditions that goes into determining your monthly premium. If your home is safer, your risk profile decreases and your premium could be reduced as well,” she said.

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