What To Look For When Choosing A Locksmith

When looking for a locksmith for your residential, commercial or automotive needs, gaining a deeper understanding of the qualities, skills, and abilities a lock technician should possess is one of the most important things you can do. With so many expert locksmithing services in your area, it's easy to feel overwhelmed or make the wrong decision at the end of the day. Being pressured by an emergency such as an accidental lockout from a car in the middle of a hot summer day or a key that has broken in half in the ignition, will add to the stress and lead the poorly made decisions.

If you do not have a lot of (or any) experience selecting a locksmith, or you are new to the neighborhood and you need a little guidance, these next few tips should simplify the process for you.

Credential, experience, positive customer feedback, licensing and insurance or bonding proof, 24/7 availability, fast response time, affordable rates – are only some of the factors that are needed to be taken into consideration, assessed, compared and used when deciding which locksmith service you should give your business to.

Offers 24/7 Services

Look for a lock technician who offers 24-hour services and can handle your midnight lockout crisis just as well as they would at 2 in the afternoon. It is important to select a service that has an available mobile crew ready that is patiently waiting to answer the calls of people in distress at all hours of the day or night. This means checking if they have the right sets of tools, key duplication devices, and software needed to diagnose and fix any rising issue.

Keep in mind not all locksmiths work 24/7, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Some will take holidays off, some are free during the weekends, others close their shops at 5 or 8 PM and so on. Make sure you know their exact work schedule and availability in case of emergencies.

Covers Your Area

Hire a locksmith who is in your immediate proximity or at least in your town/area/zip code. Do not endlessly wait for a locksmith from another state to reach you the following day, especially if you are dealing with an emergency that cannot suffer any delays. Ask about their geographical coverage and make sure you either select a local technician or a nationwide service with mobile crews dispersed in all states.

Has A Fast Response Time

Make sure you get in touch with a company that can immediately send over the nearest available locksmith and handles your every need on the spot. Nowadays, there are services that can reach their clients within 20 to 30 minutes from placing a call to their dispatch or customer support number.

Is Licensed Or Authorized

choose a locksmithNot all US states require locksmiths to get a license in order to work. However, if your city's regulations mention the legal need for a locksmith to obtain their license or get authorization to operate, only hire a service that complies with these rules. This way you will make sure you will be selecting a technician with the highest possible levels of training and expertise who is up-to-date with the latest industry releases. You can use a search engine and find out which states require locksmiths to be officially licensed and what sort of license they need to operate in your city.

Is Insured Or Bonded

An insured/bonded locksmith will guarantee any potential damage caused to your locks, doors, keys or property, in general, will be covered by an insurance policy. You will, in other words, be paid for any damage that they may cause because of improper work or accidents on site.

Has A Lot Proven Of Experience

You can either be direct and ask them details about their approximate number of clients and projects or do your own research online, check out anything from the Better Business Bureau to satisfied/dissatisfied customer reviews, credentials, and recommendations from people you trust. The 24/7 On Time Locksmiths team only works with well skilled and talented technicians with a lot of experience under their belt, so do not hesitate to join us for any lock related issues.

Has Your Exact Key

If you are driving a more unique model of a car or you have a rare type of lock installed on your storage room or attic, you may need to look for a locksmith who can provide you with the replacement key you need. Some may have only the most common key's on hand and other will have a more advanced key cutting machine that can take care of any type of key need.

Charges Affordable Rates

Always ask for their prices upfront or consult their website for a detailed and transparent price list. If you are not given a clear list of prices, take it as a red flag and move on to a different company. Remember that larger companies operating in all states can cut their business costs with the help of bulk orders. This means they can display and charge smaller prices and are the better choice.

Will Service Your Locks

Some of the older generation locksmiths will refuse to service, install or fix electronic or smart locks. If you have them installed in your house or commercial space, make sure you find a technician who is up-to-date with the latest industry trends and is endowed with the right tools needed to handle your exact types of locks.

Get in touch with the On Time Locksmiths crew today and schedule an appointment or let us immediately send over the nearest available locksmiths to handle your needs in the shortest time possible!

What Customers Say About Us

Jannie W.
W. 29th street
 

Dave is great! He was punctual and professional. And after installing the new locks on all of our doors, he cleaned up after himself! The same cannot be said for the last service I hired… would definitely recommend and use again!

Adrian Stanton
S Kenton Ave
 

We live not too far from Chicago and I spend about a hour and a half to get to my office. Mornings are always in a hurry for me and a broken door would be the worst I could expect. However, this was exactly what happened. I had no time to lose and so I called 247 Ontime Locksmiths. The expert guy from Locksmiths could fix the problem and I could go to work.

Tim Lewis
E Van Buren St
 

My car door didn’t open at all. Just a phone call to 24/7 Local Locksmiths and in less than 15 minutes I could drive my car again! Good job!