It’s happened to the best of us – locking yourself out accidentally, losing a pair of keys, or being unable to turn a key in your lock. If this is you, then you need to find a local locksmith with Hoppy’s help.
Locksmiths can help with much more than reuniting you with your home though as their skills also apply to repairing damage from forced entry and even helping to get you back into a locked car. When it comes to all things lock-related, DIY is generally the last recommended approach – find out below why using a locksmith’s services is the best use of your money.
- What can a locksmith help with?
- Opening a locked door
- Replacing a door with a lock
- Repairs from forced entry
- Changing a door lock
- Emergency locksmith services
- Auto locksmith services
- Key cutting
- How Hoppy helps you choose a locksmith with Rated People
Hoppy has partnered with Rated People to help you find local trusted locksmith and get the job done in just 4 easy steps.
- Select ‘locksmith’ from the list of trades and tell Hoppy all about your job by completing a short form.
- Then post your job – you’ll get a confirmation email from Hoppy and our partner Rated People that your job has been posted, with a link to where you can manage it.
- Now sit back and wait to hear from up to 3 trusted tradespeople about your job – be sure to check out their profiles, where you’ll find examples of previous work and genuine reviews.
- Then simply choose the right person for your job!
- What questions should you ask a locksmith?
- For emergency jobs, do you charge a call-out fee?
- How long have you been trading?
- Do you have public liability insurance and what does it cover? (optional)
- What qualifications does a locksmith need?
Locksmiths don’t need formal qualifications. It is however a good idea to ask how long they’ve been in the trade. You can also ask if they’re affiliated with MLA (Master Locksmith Association), a non-profit organisation that promotes skills and ethics within the industry.
- Common questions to ask a locksmith
What to do if all your keys are lost or stolen?
Most people think that in instances when keys are stolen or go missing the whole lock needs replacing. While this is one option, it’s a bigger job than getting your locks re-keyed. When a lock is re-keyed, only the cylinder is replaced, so you get to keep old lock with only a new set of keys to worry about.
What to do if you find it hard to turn your key in the lock?
This is a common problem that’s likely to pop up from time to time as dust, dirt, and debris build up inside the locks’ mechanism. Start with a DIY option first, applying lock lubricant according to instructions and trying the key again. If the issue persists, then you should call a locksmith and ask for their expert advice.
With changes in weather, wooden doors contract and expand, affecting how the lock fits with the doorframe. Usually, this is more of an inconvenience than a huge problem as the lock should work with some wiggling, but you can always get a locksmith to adjust it for you too.
What to do if you lose the key to your car?
Losing a car key is a very distressing, especially if it’s your only one. Good news – an auto locksmith can save the day. You won’t need to replace the locks on your car; instead, the auto locksmith will provide you with a replacement key, re-programming it to work with your vehicle. They’ll also de-programme the old key, making it unusable in cases of theft.