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Choosing an emergency locksmith

Finding yourself locked out is not a situation you can always prepare for. We at Pick me locksmith Ltd answer more calls to a failed lock or UPVC mechanism than we do to keys being lost or left in the house, therefore a supportive neighbour or close family member may not always be the solution.

So, before you launch an attack on the small side window or send the smallest person up a nearby drain pipe in a precarious attempt to gain entry through a slightly open upstairs window, you decide to call a locksmith.

What do you need to consider when calling a locksmith? Choosing the right locksmith will affect three things:

  1. Time
  2. Cost
  3. What you’re left with after.

Time will be a major factor as you don’t plan to get locked out, so you will have somewhere to be. To ensure you get the quickest response you should consider location and size. A national company will use a call centre, so you could be speaking to an unqualified person who has little understanding of the local area. After your initial call you will have to wait while they will call around the locksmiths on their books to get someone out to you.  If you call a local locksmith however, you will generally speak to the locksmith who is going to come out, this means you will have an accurate understanding of the progress towards getting you back in. As a small business’ reputation is vital, you can be sure they will be very customer focused.

Cost is also key as we cannot be expected to budget for the unexpected. You will want to avoid paying a premium for a national company who will quite often subcontract to a local company who would be cheaper if you called them direct. You still don’t want the guy off ‘rogue traders’ tipping up who only takes cash! Local Trusted Trader schemes offer an opportunity for customers to get some background information on the tradesman they intend to hire. Method of payments accepted also helps demonstrate how established and serious a small business is. The last thing you need if you’re already inconvenienced by a lockout is having to dash to the nearest cash machine once you get back in.

When locked out your main focus is on dealing with the task in hand, but you can end up with a lock that needs replacing unnecessarily or a repair not completed. I attend a good number of jobs where the previous tradesman advised they have done all that is possible, but the door still catches or the lock is still a bit stiff where a small amount of adjustment is all that’s required.

Going direct to a researched local locksmith will connect you directly to the quickest and best solution, meaning you will be catching up on the recent political drama with a cup of tea in no time!

By |2018-02-13T08:04:47+00:00February 13th, 2018|Insurance, Security Advice|4 Comments


  1. Philip February 13, 2018 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Very useful advice and worth keeping Marks details saved on your phone just in case!

  2. Lillian Schaeffer March 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    I like how you mentioned that time is a major factor when you’re dealing with being locked out of your house. My husband and I just moved into a new area, and I want to be prepared in case I lock myself out. I’ll definitely look for a locksmith that is located close by so I won’t have to wait too long if this ever happens to me.

  3. Advanced Lock and Key in Perth April 17, 2018 at 5:07 am - Reply

    I like how you mention about time and cost. It is really important since it is relevant to have the job done early. Thanks for sharing this, I really appreciate it.

  4. Callum Palmer May 24, 2018 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I agree, time is a huge thing to take into consideration when choosing an emergency locksmith when you find yourself locked out. As the article points out, no one ever plans to get locked out of their house and can get locked out at the most inconvenient times. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing an emergency locksmith that can come by and help you out after hours or on the weekend.

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