We have all been there. A momentary lapse in concentration, and – boom – we are locked out. Whether you are unable to get into your home or your vehicle, there is no more helpless feeling than being without your keys. Obviously, what we do is call a qualified locksmith. But what do we look for in a locksmith? How do we know who to trust?
1. HAS SOMEONE REFERRED THEM TO YOU?
Even in this day and age of crowdsourcing, there is nothing like a good old fashioned word-of-mouth referral. Use your social media to ask for a referral. Chances are, someone you are friends with on Facebook has had to use a locksmith recently, and they can point you toward (or away) from the service they used.
2. ARE THEY INSURED?
Yes, you may be panicking. But you want to be sure not to leave yourself open for any damages that may result from the picking of a lock. Most reputable locksmiths will carry liability insurance, that will cover them (and you!) in the event something does not go to plan.
3. WHAT ARE THEIR ONLINE RATINGS?
As good as word of mouth recommendations are, living in the 21st century allows us to draw from a much greater pool or reviews. While some of these may be taken with a grain of salt, online aggregators can be a vital tool in determining the trustworthiness of your locksmith Toronto.
4. DO THEY MAKE SURE YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE?
As stressful as being locked out may be, imagine how much more stressful coming home to find all your belongings stolen would be. A reputable smith will check your identification and verify your address. This is not to cause you any additional undue stress, but to ensure that they are not opening the door to a thief.
5. DID YOU MAKE SURE THEY ARE WHO THEY SAID THEY ARE?
Finally, be on the look out for scam or “fly by night” locksmiths. Are they driving a vehicle with a branded logo? Do they have a business card at the ready? Performing due diligence in this area could save plenty of headaches down the road. A reputable smith will not only anticipate these questions, but will welcome them.
When we find ourselves in a stressful situation such as getting locked out, our natural inclination is to try to make everything as simple as possible. Keeping these simple tips in mind will help you to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your belongings.