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What should you look for in a locksmith?

7th February 2017

When choosing a locksmith, you should go through the same process as you would with any other professional trade. Not only should they be experienced and competent, but also have a strong track record that shows they're up to the job at hand.

Here are just some of the qualities you should be looking for the next time you need a locksmith in South Yorkshire.

Have they been approved by insurance companies?

Home insurance companies have strict criteria they look for whenever you make a claim. It's therefore important to make sure the work carried out by your locksmith is up to the required standard and will meet the needs of your insurer.

Any substandard work may mean you run the risk of your insurance company failing to pay out further down the line, leaving you in a financially vulnerable position. It's worth investing in expertise from the outset.

Do they use locks that meet British Standards?

British Standards were introduced to ensure product and service quality - and the locks on your home are no exception. Your locksmith should use products that will stand the test of time and sustain everyday use, meaning that cheap imitations simply won't do.

Has the locksmith been DBS checked?

DBS checks - formerly known as CRB checks - are carried out to give customers peace of mind. They show the locksmith doesn't have any criminal convictions or anything else on their record that might put others, such as yourself, at risk.

Do they have any industry accreditations?

Locksmiths can have industry accreditations that can offer reassurance to their customers. One of them is affiliation with The Association of Accredited Locksmiths.

In order to display their logo, the locksmith must not have a criminal record, have public liability insurance in place and provide two references of previously undertaken and verified work. They also need to follow a set of rules set out by the Association.

What is their reputation like?

Locksmiths work in the same way as many other trades in that they rely on word-of-mouth recommendations. It's important to look for someone who has been in the industry for a while and can offer testimonials from the many satisfied customers they've had along the way.

Additional assurances such as a quick call-out service and 24-hour emergency contact number can also be indicators that the locksmith is reliable.

Finding your next locksmith in Doncaster

Here at SF Locksmith, we've been helping homeowners throughout South Yorkshire with lock replacements, repairs and various other tasks for more than 20 years. Not only do we meet all the criterial listed above, but we also offer a friendly, efficient service whenever you need us.

To discuss your requirements in more detail, or to arrange a free, no obligation quote, please get in touch with us on 01302 378067. We look forward to hearing from you.



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