How to Select a Reputable Locksmith Company

Locks are one of those things that we don't usually think about much. They simply exist, fulfilling an important role in our lives – they ensure the security of our homes, vehicles, and workplaces – yet we hardly give them a second thought. It is only when things aren't working as they should, when something goes wrong, that we sit up and take notice. Most of the time when that happens, the average person does not have the number of a good locksmith to hand. No matter whether you need help in a lockout emergency, whether you need to have your old locks upgraded, or whether you need an entire office building rekeyed, you will need the services of a reliable locksmith company. The trouble is finding one! If you live in the Island of Montreal, Ville St. Laurent, or West Island, try KGO Locksmith. We are one of the premier Montreal locksmiths, and provide residential, commercial, and emergency locksmith services. We are true believers in quality products and service, but all the same, we encourage our customers to shop around if they think they may be able to find better services elsewhere. Here are some things you need to know, which will help you in your hunt for a good, reputable locksmith company.

Stay Local

This is one of the best tips we can give. If you hire locksmiths that are based in a different town or city, you will (in all likelihood) have to pay for their travel time and costs. Local locksmiths, on the other hand, should have an office in town where you may actually visit them to use one of their services. It pays to build relationships with local businesses – mutual trust is important. Further, someone local will have a reputation to upkeep, so this reduces the risk that they might be scam artists. The exception to this is mobile locksmiths; they may operate out of their home or vehicle and may not have a storefront. Try checking with their previous customers, or go to your local business bureau to verify their service and validity. It may also be a good idea to have more than one reliable locksmith at hand; your regular go-to company may not operate an emergency service, for example.

Ask for Referrals

Talk to your colleagues, friends, and family – ask if they have worked with or know of a good locksmith. The thing is, if you live in a small town, you might have only two or three locksmiths to choose from, but if you live in a city like Montreal you will have a list of at least twenty! Getting good referrals from people you know is probably the best way to go about finding reputable local locksmiths.

Try the Web

Many locksmiths these days will have a website that describes the various services they offer, the locations they serve, their prices, and so on. On one hand, this may provide you with a good way to compare the various options you have. On the other hand, information that you find online can be hard to trust sometimes, or may be simply inaccurate. You may see a good quotation online, but then find out once the locksmith is at your house that they will charge you double. In an emergency situation, however, the internet may be the best way to find 24-hour locksmiths.

Locksmith Pricing and Liability

montreal locksmith When you do call anyone in, be sure to ask the locksmith if they are insured. They should have liability insurance which will cover any accidents that might happen on your property. Try to stay away from locksmiths who are not insured! If they can't be bothered to invest in insurance that protects themselves and their customers, chances are that they are not running a properly licensed business either. Further, you should always get a confirmed quote before agreeing to proceed with the service. You don't want to be surprised by any hidden charges later on. Good locksmiths will have no problem agreeing to this; if they are hedging about the price, you should probably call someone else. And finally, if you have a lock that is undamaged and the locksmith tells you that they need to break the lock and replace it, be very wary. Professional locksmiths are usually able to unlock most types of doors without the need to damage or replace the lock.

If You Live in Montreal, Call KGO Locksmith

Unlike some other less trustworthy locksmiths, KGO is a company that you can count on. In addition to providing all standard, basic locksmithing services, we also provide high-end residential and commercial security solutions. Our technicians will always provide you with full identification and an accurate estimate before we begin the job, and will let you know immediately if the situation unexpectedly changes. Save our emergency number in your phone today, you never know when you might need it.