There are many things to consider when choosing a locksmith.
There are also many reasons why you might need one… particularly in an emergency.
You might, for example, have locked yourself out of your home or business and need access fast.
You may have lost your only set of car keys and need replacement sorting.
Perhaps most serious of all is if you have been unfortunate enough to suffer a break-in and need a locksmith to repair the damage and secure your property.
Whatever the reason, when it comes to locks and security, a locksmith is usually the best first port of call.
However, while the reasons why you need a locksmith will probably be pretty obvious to you, the things to consider when choosing a locksmith might not be so clear.
To help you choose, here are a few handy hints…
Choosing a local locksmith
When it comes to choosing a locksmith, one of the main things you’ll want to consider is how local they are to you, especially if you need them in an emergency.
Picture the scene, you’re running late for an important appointment and you can’t find your car keys anywhere. Or you’ve been called to your business in the middle of the night because someone has tried to force the locks and break-in.
Can you really afford to be waiting for a locksmith who’s based two hours’ drive away to turn up? Or do you want a local locksmith who can be there quickly to sort the issue out for you?
Grays Locksmiths Derby has been helping homeowners and businesses boost their security and gain access to their properties in an emergency for many years.
In fact, our reputation is so strong that we don’t just limit our services to the people of Derby and Derbyshire, we work across the wider East Midlands area too.
Choosing an experienced locksmith
Locksmiths are highly skilled and experienced professional tradespeople.
Some of the work they undertake requires specialist training, equipment and expertise, while locksmiths who have been in the industry a long time will also be able to offer you the best advice about security and the solutions that are right for you.
So, before you choose a locksmith, it always pays to do a bit of homework to check out how long they have been established for, and how reputable they might be.
Choosing a certified locksmith
Related to the above point, all reputable locksmiths undergo specialist training and qualifications to enable them to do the job properly, as well as keeping up with all the latest technologies and trends to ensure they are providing the best level of service possible.
So again, before you choose a locksmith, have a look at their website to check out their credentials and any trade bodies they may belong to.
The Master Locksmiths Association is the organisation which represents locksmiths across the UK.
It operates a certification programme and a referral scheme to direct consumers to its accredited locksmiths, so its logo should be one of the things to consider when choosing a locksmith.
Choosing a mobile locksmith
If you’ve lost your car keys or locked yourself out of your home or office, it’s no good ringing a locksmith that can’t come to your assistance straight away.
Similarly, if you’ve got to take your lock or key to a locksmith’s premises because they can’t get to you, that can also be a hassle you don’t need.
And if you want some advice about bolstering your security at home or work, you surely want someone who can come and have a look around so they can see first-hand what your circumstances are, rather than having to go to them and describe what you want to improve, right?
So, when you are in the process of choosing a locksmith, look for one that is mobile so they can come to you, wherever you are, to sort your problem out.
Choosing a trusted locksmith
There’s no beating word-of-mouth and recommendations from satisfied customers when it comes to choosing any sort of purchase, so why should choosing a locksmith be any different?
So, before you make the call, make sure you check out review sites and social media to see what people are saying about the locksmith you are considering.
Look out for any local ‘Trusted Trader’ type schemes which the locksmith is signed up to.
And again, if you choose a locksmith that’s a member of the Master Locksmiths Association, that’s usually a good place to start.
Give Grays Locksmiths Derby a call
Grays Locksmiths Derby is a member of the Master Locksmiths Association and has been providing professional and trusted locksmith services to the people of Derbyshire and surrounding areas for more than 30 years.
We aim to make all our customers feel safe and secure in their homes and businesses and protect what’s precious to them.
We are compliant with BS3621 standards, up to date with current insurance legislation and strive to stay ahead of the curve with all the latest security trends and technologies to ensure you are always getting the best advice and solutions on the market.
To find out more about our products and services, call 01332 404255.