You never know when you might accidentally be locked out of your house or business, which is why this is one situation you should be prepared for. There are a few simple steps you can take beforehand rather than trying to scramble around when you have an hour left to get ready for work, or your child is locked in and you can’t get to them, or your shop has to be open in an hour and you are not prepared. Save yourself the stress by knowing which numbers to call when you require help and keep them in your phone. Picking a good tradie is no different to choosing a good Doctor or Hairdresser, so when you have found one, keep their details handy for emergencies like these. There are a few handy tips for choosing the most suitable locksmith for your emergency situation. Some important ones are as follows:
Visit the website of your preferred business
Check out the website, social media page or other online data of the Locksmith you are planning to hire. A lot of businesses may offer locksmith benefits however they are not all fundamentally the same. Check for the address of the business and their contact data, especially if your situation requires a very fast response, in which case you need someone very close by. Remember though, that tradies can be very busy people and even close by might not guarantee that they can get there when you need them to.
Check their experience and credentials
This is crucial to consider, especially if you are a single person or parent, and even more so if you are calling at night. Dodgy “locksmiths” can seem to be cheap at first but your safety is paramount and scammers abound these days. Remember; you are inviting a total stranger into your home or business, so you can’t be too careful here. Be prepared to interview them, and CHECK! A real Locksmith in Western Australia is POLICE licensed and should always have their licence number somewhere in their advertising, and NEVER be afraid to ask to see their security licence, which they should always carry with them. Also check how much experience the person has, are they a registered business with an ABN and are they insured? A real tradesman will be happy to answer your concerns and provide the information you are asking for, if not, it might be best to give them a miss, but if you are happy with their information and have done your due diligence you’re good to go.
Most locksmiths will have a 24-hour emergency locksmith service available within Perth. Make sure that the business you’re opting for provides that kind of service. A few things to consider though: Most will have only one technician on call after hours and at night, so availability could still be limited especially if they are having a busy weekend or night, or are just plain had it and need some sleep (they are only human after all). The solution to this is to pre-book your lockout. That may seem strange but a lot of these situations can be resolved by having somewhere to go for the night and having the Locksmith booked in for a time during the day, and it’s usually a whole lot cheaper and less stressful too. Pre-planning is your best friend here. If that’s not possible you should still have somewhere safe to go, even if you just lock yourself in your car until they arrive, as waiting times, especially at night can be longer than you might like, especially if they have to wake up enough to drive their vehicle safely.
Ask about the service charges – if it seems too good to be true…
We all want to save a dollar these days but it is vital that you enquire about the upfront costs and don’t get sidetracked by “free” or no, or very low call out fees. Hidden fees and tricks are everywhere these days, but a reputable business will provide you with an honest evaluation of the charges that you’ll incur for their service, including a service call (because they have to eat and pay their bills too). Remember that the more exact information you provide, and photos are a great help these days, the more accurate an appraisal you will receive. We offer free quotes which are usually the best idea for locking situations so the technician can see exactly what they are dealing with and then you can decide if you want them to go ahead. In other situations we will always give you an honest appraisal before commencing, then YOU make the decision if you want us to go ahead with the work.
Let’s review the basics
Be Prepared: Choose a good, reputable, licensed, experienced and insured professional before you need them and keep the number handy.
Check their website or social media pages to get to know them better
Always check their official credentials and avoid them if they won’t produce these.
Check their availability and charges so you have no nasty surprises.
There you are, so next time you have a lockout situation and need a good emergency locksmith, you will be prepared. Feel free to call us.