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How To Keep Costs Lower When Hiring A Locksmith Service
Locksmiths like plumbers and other professionals charge more for performing emergency services outside of their normal working hours. Unfortunately, in many cases people seem to only need a locksmith during an emergency situation. However, there are several things you can do to help keep price cost of hiring a locksmith service lower than you may think. Here are some tips on saving money on those locksmith costs.
Get A Spare Key for Your Car and Home Door Made in Advance
Most people finding themselves calling an emergency locksmith because they have lost, misplace, or had their keys stolen and are unable to gain entry to their home. You can reduce the chances of this type of emergency occuring by having a professional and licensed locksmith make you a copy of your car and home door key in advance and then keep that key where it is easy to retreive or with a trusted friend or neighbor. Locksmiths don’t charge much money for simply making a copy of a key, and having a spare can be helpful in the event you do become locked out of your home or car.
Check Your Locks Periodically
Instead of waiting until the locks on your garage door, home, or gate malfunction and then calling a locksmith to have them repaired in emergency, get your locks check periodically to ensure that they are stable and in good working condition. Often you can inspect your locks yourself, and if you notice they are loose or don’t seem to work as they should, then you can schedule an appointment for regular working hours instead of waiting until the lock breaks and need to an emergency repair or replacement.
When Hiring a Locksmith Ask to See the Locksmith’s License and Identification
A license locksmith usually keeps their prices competitive with other locksmiths in the area, and do their best to keep their rates affordable. On the other hand unlicensed locksmiths tend to charge various amounts based on what they think they can get from any given person. In addition, an unlicensed locksmith may not be able to perform the task you need them to do properly resulting in them causing damage to a lock or door that will then cost you additional money to have repaired. Licensed locksmiths have the training and experience to perform the tasks that are expected from a locksmith and can do them quickly and efficiently costing you less money in the long run.
Saving Money When Actually Hiring a Locksmith Service
There are ways even in an emergency situation that you can save some money when hiring a locksmith. Here are a few steps you can take.
· Make Sure the Locksmith You Hire is Actually Local- Some locksmith services claim to be local when actually they may be located some distance away. The longer it takes a locksmith to get your location the more money you may lose, by missing hours at work, or paying more for a sitter. In addition, Locksmith services that are not in your immediate area tend to charge more for their services in order to cover their travel expenses.
· Ask about Extra Charges in Advance. When most people hire a locksmith they ask about the basic rate and don’t think to ask about any extra charges that might apply to your situation. Find out if the Locksmith service charges a minimum fee, if there are added charges for an emergency or same day services, and if they charge a mileage fee. Any or all of these fees can add significant costs to the locksmith service so you may want to shop around and see if you can get better rates with fewer additional charges.
· Check the Locksmith Services Business Hours. Some locksmith service keep extended business hours, which may mean that even in an emergency you can get your lock and key problem taken care for regular rates rather than having to pay for an emergency service if your problem arises during the extended business hours.
· Determine if Your Lock Problem Can Wait. If it is at all possible to wait to have your lock and key problem resolved during the locksmith services regular hours instead of using their emergency service then do so.
Weigh the Service the Locksmith Service Can Provide Against the Cost
You also need to remember that many times you really do get what you pay for. Any locksmith whose rates are significant lower than all of the other locksmith services in the area, may not perform the service you need to your satisfaction. While a new locksmith service may offer their services for a slightly reduced rate, no licensed and professional locksmith is going to under charge a significant amount for their services.
In addition, if you have previously used a locksmith on another occasion and found their services to be exactly what you wanted and expected, then you may want to consider using the same locksmith again rather than risking getting a less professional service for a slightly lower cost.
Home Run Locksmith Can Provide You The Service You Need for A Reasonable Cost
If you live in the Queens are our locksmith service here at Home Run Locksmith can provide you with the service you need at reasonable cost. We are more than happy to perform our services by appointment or under an emergency situation. If you call in an emergency we are only 30 minutes away from almost any location in Queens and will be more than happy to explain our charges upfront at the time that you call.
We are fully licensed and insured and can help you with any lock and key issue you may have. In addition, we are more than happy to make copies of your home, business or car door keys in order for you to have a spare key. We can also make and program a car key that will work with your ignition.
To hire our services or schedule an appointment just give us a call at 844-786-5225.
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