Finding a Local Locksmith
Finding a reputable locksmith
Your very first step in finding a good locksmith should be to ask for recommendations. Seeking referrals for a good trades person is something that you can do via family members, friends, work colleagues and other acquaintances who you can trust. Checking online testimonials on websites, video testimonials, online reviews and other types of written and audio/video recommendations can still be useful. But you might want to take some of these with a pinch of salt and consider a locksmith's reputation by asking real people in the real world, especially those who are trustworthy themselves and who have had a positive experience with a particular locksmith.
Are they going to arrive on time?
There's nothing worst than waiting on a locksmith, or any other type of trades person for that matter, who either arrives later than stated, the next day when it should have been today or even doesn't turn up at all. This type of situation can be a real let down and I understand your frustration if this has ever happened to you. This type of scenario can be avoided if you follow my first point of always asking for a recommendation. Don't hire someone who you haven't checked out first. Also, check their qualifications, credentials, any insurance that they should have and just watch how they assess the job. If they seem confused about how to approach a job then it's probably going to be better to hire someone else.
If they can't provide you with a straight quote over the phone based on your description of the job, then be aware that either a guide price might be the only type of quotation that they can do in this case or they're trying to rip you off. It can be a difficult and disconcerting to let a locksmith complete a job having had no prior indication of how much it will cost (despite having asked how much it will cost) and then be handed a rather large bill, disproportionate to your prior expectations. These types of tactics are undesirable and part of your locksmith's job is to manage your expectations sufficiently so that you are able to make an informed decision about whether or not to hire them for the task.
Recommending your local locksmith
So we've gone full circle haven't we? If you hire a great locksmith then I think that it is your responsibility to tell others about him. After all, if you've followed my initial advice you'll have hired a trades person to fix or repair your locks or fit you new locks, based on reputation. Therefore, you'll then want to go on to recommend this fantastic lock fitter to others. You'll not only be doing your family members, friends, colleagues and/or acquaintances a favour but you'll be contributing towards ensuring that your local locksmith birmingham al stays in business for when you need him or her the next time.