4 tips to locate a legit locksmith

Posted by: Angie Hicks on


If you're locked out of your house, don't get locked in to hiring a scammer. To find a reputable locksmith service, heed these hints:

  • Get an estimate of services and hardware before you agree to have work done. Ask about extra charges, including emergency hours, mileage and service-call minimums.
  • Be wary of workers who show up in unmarked vehicles and who won't provide identification or specific information about their employer, such as the legal name of the company.
  • Be skeptical if your locksmith immediately insists on drilling out a lock. Experienced locksmiths can open most doors with their tools and expertise, although there are occasions when it's necessary.
  • Check if your locksmith has a license, if your state requires it.