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Our Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Reliable Locksmith

Having a reliable locksmith at the ready is like hiring a good doctor—you may not use them often but, when you do, you want to know you’ve retained the services of an expert in their field.

Okay, okay…that may be a bit of an exaggeration. But if you’ve ever found yourself locked out of your car or home late at night and felt that nagging sense of panic as you scroll through the endless list of companies offering late-night locksmith services wondering if you can really trust the person you’re about to call, you know how important hiring a reliable locksmith can be.

And that’s why, as one of Sydney’s most trusted locksmith companies, we wanted to share 5 tips to help you hire a locksmith you can trust.

1. Hire Local When Possible

It’s tempting to call the first name that pops up in your search results, especially if you are desperate to get into your car or home. But it is important to make sure the locksmith you are calling is local if possible.

Out-of-town locksmiths may charge an additional fee to travel to your location, something you shouldn’t have to experience with a local company…and locals can likely get to you faster than someone who is not.

2. Ask if They are Licensed and Insured

Before you hire any locksmith, be sure to inquire whether they are licensed and insured. Having a valid license means they have followed proper protocols for owning a locksmith business.

And any good locksmith should carry insurance that will protect your home and your belongings should anything get damaged during the visit.

3. Ask for Referrals

The best time to research reputable locksmiths is before you need one. Ask friends and family members for the names of companies they have used and whose services they loved. Contact the company directly and ask them for the names of satisfied customers who would be willing to talk to you.

And it never hurts to check out company reviews on their Google Business and social media pages. Once you have found a locksmith you trust, enter them into your cell phone as a contact. This will make it easier to get in touch with them when you require their services.

4. Inquire About Hidden Fees

Here’s another reason to contact a locksmith before you need them—it allows you to ask them about any hidden or undisclosed fees you might incur. Do they charge additional fees for “after-hour” calls? If so, what are their regular hours of operation?

Knowing the answers to these questions can help you from developing sticker shock when you see the cost associated with a late-night lockout.

5. Be Wary of Too-Good-to-Be-True Online Ads

If you are scouring the internet in the wee hours of the morning and stumble across an ad for locksmith services that are well below the average rate…beware. The internet is rife with ne’re-do-well scammers looking to take advantage of frazzled customers. Remember…if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you find yourself in need of locksmith services, we hope you’ll contact us at One & Only. Our team of experts will make short work of your locksmithing woes. We’ll have you in your car or home, safe and sound, in no time.

About Us: 

Our philosophy is client-first – and alongside undoubted quality services, they have given us the privilege of working with a variety of returning clients.  We keep your interests first, and our Locksmiths are there to help you as soon as you make a phone call!

  • Our mobile workstations/vehicles are fitted with high-tech tools and equipment to get most jobs done on-site and immediately.
  • Rain, COVID-19, hail, storm, sun, or fog – we will be there whenever you need us.
  • Become our regular customers and receive discounts from us.