If you are locked out of your home or your car, or if you need to have other work done, you might be thinking about hiring a locksmith to help you out. However, one thing that you might be concerned about is the cost of hiring one of these professionals. Luckily, following these three tips can help you get the lowest rate when hiring a locksmith.
1. Call During Regular Business Hours, When Possible
Many locksmiths offer 24-hour services and will come out and unlock your house or your car -- or change your locks -- at any time of the night or day. However, many of them charge higher rates for working outside of regular business hours. There are some situations in which you may not be able to wait, which can make it a good thing that locksmiths often work around the clock. However, if the job that you are having done can wait, consider waiting to call during the day (and during the week) to minimize any additional charges.
2. Ask About Additional Rates and Fees
When you call and inquire about the cost of unlocking something or changing out a lock, you might be given the basic rate for doing so. However, if you don't ask, you might not be told about the additional costs that might be tacked on, such as mileage costs or service call costs. Make sure that you inquire about any additional rates and fees beforehand.
3. Avoid "Too Good to Be True" Deals
If the cost sounds too good to be true, there is a good chance that it is. If you call around and get multiple quotes and find that one locksmith quotes rates that are much cheaper than all of the others in your area, there's a chance that something is being left out, such as additional costs that the locksmith might charge you upon arrival. There is also the chance that you won't get the best work. It's typically not a bad idea to avoid locksmiths who charge much lower rates than everyone else, no matter how much you might want to save money on the job.
If you are worried about the cost of hiring a locksmith, it's a good idea to give these three tips a try. Then, you can help ensure that you get the job done for the most reasonable pricing possible, without worrying about falling for scams. Contact a local locksmith, such as one from A-Dave's Lock & Safe, for further assistance.