Do I Need a Domestic or a Commercial Locksmith?
Locksmiths can play a vital role in the day to day running of many businesses large and small but they are also vital to the domestic or residential client and offer many services from emergency lock repairs to gaining access to you home after a lock out.
Nearly all locksmiths offer both domestic and commercial services because to a professionally trained locksmith it is all the same; a lock is a lock whether it's on a residential or commercial property so if you have had a break-in or an attempted break-in and simply need locks replacing you do not really need to tell the locksmith that it is a residential job or a commercial job.
Boarding up can be a different job depending on the premises being commercial or domestic, most domestic boarding up simply requires standard sizes of board and standard tools and equipment, but a commercial premises especially a shop with large display windows can require large, specially designed boards and special equipment for securing the board, which a locksmith or a security firm may not carry on their vehicles as standard, so it is wise to make sure that the emergency locksmith you call knows that he or she is coming out to a commercial premises, shop or office building otherwise they might turn up and not have the correct boarding up equipment with them on their vehicle.
This can result in longer waits for you and a larger bill, remember even locksmiths who say that they do not charge a basic call out fee will charge you for the time it takes them to carry out the boarding up job and if the locksmiths are driving backwards and forwards through no fault of their own it is you or your company who will have to foot the bill.
It is also important to remember that not all locksmiths actually carry out an emergency boarding up service and you should make sure that this is a service they do actually offer by looking on their website before you ring them and you also need to make sure that the locksmith you call out knows exactly what type of call out it is so he or she can bring the correct tools and equipment for the job.
So, whether you have had your home or office broken into, your home, office or shop window damaged or you simply need a locksmith to get you into your own home after losing or misplacing your keys it is important that you take care when choosing a local locksmith to come out to you as not every company offers the same service and a rule of thumb is that you should always call a local independent locksmith and never call a nationwide call centre.
A nationwide call centre will charge a call out fee, whereas many independent locksmiths will not, remember; all a nationwide call centre will do is ring a locksmith on their books on your behalf and add their percentage to the job. Another big issue people have with the large call centres is that they will claim to have locksmiths in every area when in reality the nearest locksmith on their books may be 50 or even 100 miles away resulting in a much longer wait.