Do you need a locksmith? Calling one you can trust can help you out of some sticky situations, especially when you are locked out. However, sometimes you just want to get your home or business assessed for security levels and how well the locks are doing. That’s why it’s important to have certain information handy when you make your call. Here’s what you need to put together.
Proof of Property Ownership
First things first, you need to be able to prove that the property you call the locksmith to actually belongs to you. This is much easier to do when you are inside your home, office, or car because you can furnish necessary documents that prove you are supposed to be there and truly need the help that locksmiths can give you. Sometimes all you need to prove ownership is a photo ID, a driver’s license or a bill addressed to the home or apartment.
The Type of Lock
This may sound obvious, but many homeowners won’t know the finer points of what the locks are and how to tell them apart. Different types of locks include smart locks, vehicle locks, deadbolt systems, and padlocks, too. Telling your locksmith ahead of time what they need to inspect and possibly repair means they will arrive with the right tools and won’t lose time trying to find and retrieve the right equipment, either from their truck or the main office.
The Brand of Lock
The brand of lock that you need to have opened is also important. Please note that this is different than the type of lock – it depends on the manufacturer. Again, if your locksmith knows which brand of lock they will have to interact with, it means they can bring the proper tools and equipment with them, saving you time, money, and frustration.
Other Ways to Get Inside
Are there other ways to access your property? This might not be possible for a car unless there is a fob that is attached to a conventional key. However, buildings often have multiple doors and windows that allow entry and exit – and sometimes, it might be the window locks that need to be repaired and not the locks on the doors.
Possession of Keys
Ask yourself this: do you have the keys? It’s entirely possible that the problem isn’t that you lost your keys, but that they are either stuck, jammed or simply snapped off in the lock mechanism!
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