As a landlord, access to a good locksmith is one of the basic resources you’ll need on tap. Whether you’re changing the locks for a new tenant, getting spare keys cut or requiring emergency access to a property, you’re likely to employ your locksmith’s services on a regular basis, so it’s in your interests to choose a high quality provider. If you’re not sure how to choose between your local locksmiths, here are 5 qualities that set the best apart from the rest.
Qualifications and experience
Like any other trade, locksmiths have professional benchmarks to indicate their skills and capabilities. While locksmiths are not required by law to hold a licence in the UK, the best ones will be approved by the Master Locksmiths Association, and carry their logo. This guarantees that they’ve been vetted, are regularly inspected, and have passed an exam to demonstrate their skills.
Another measure of experience is the length of time a locksmith has been in business. If you are dealing with a long-established business, you can be more confident that your locksmith has the skills and experience that you require.
Word of mouth is key! Kevin Carloni, the founder of Fort Locks – a Hertfordshire and North London based locksmith, quite rightly suggests… “Whether this is in person or through an online review, before you even consider hiring a locksmith, it’s always wise to find out exactly what existing and previous customers have to say about their skills, professionalism and customer service”.
Range of services
It’s easy to think of locksmiths as providing one or two simple services – key cutting and lock changing. But locksmiths can provide a much wider range of offerings than this, and different locksmiths will have different levels of expertise. Do you require a specialist in access control for flats, or need an expert to give advice on security upgrades for your property? Check out your chosen locksmith’s skill set to ensure that they can offer all that you need.
Good landlords need to respond quickly to their tenants, and so you need a locksmith you can rely on for emergency call-outs. Does your local locksmith offer this service? What’s the call-out charge? Do they offer a guarantee to arrive at the property within a specific amount of time? It’s essential to employ a reliable locksmith who will be there when you need them.
Local to you
Is your locksmith a local business, or part of a national chain? While a franchise can provide a professional service to rival the locals, you may want to proceed with caution if you are calling them out through a national call centre, as they may not have been vetted to the highest standards. The Master Locksmiths Association recommends searching for locksmiths in your area through the MLA website – or you can check out websites like TrustATrader and CheckATrade to ensure that the services offered are both of high quality and good value for money.
Article Courtesy of: Fort Locks – Hertfordshire and North London based Locksmith