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How to hire guide: locksmiths

Because there is no government-based licensing for the locksmithing industry, anyone can call themselves a locksmith. Take these precautions to find a reputable professional.

1. Get recommendations when looking for a locksmith

Ask friends, family or colleagues and find endorsed locksmiths on Which? Trusted Traders.

2. Get a specialist

Some locksmiths focus on particular areas of their trade. Ask your locksmith what they specialise in and hire them according to the job if it might be complex.

3. Shop around

As with all trades, get a few quotes before you commit to any work.

4. Ask for a no-obligation survey

Good locksmiths will visit to assess your home security and advise on minimum requirements as well as appropriate additional security measures. This is also an opportunity to judge how comfortable you are with having the individual in your home.

5. A one-off payment for piece of mind

The cheapest quote is not necessarily the best. If you’re replacing or upgrading your locks and other devices, think of it as a one-off payment that will secure your home for a lifetime.

Choose a locksmith who shares this approach and seems knowledgeable about the various products on the market.

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