Locksmith Weybridge – How Much To Change Locks

24 Hour Locksmith Weybridge - Local Emergency Service

Premier Locksmiths cover the whole of Weybridge and the surrounding areas Having dealt with numerous lost keys and lockout situations we understand that for our local customers these are quite often times of distress, which is why we have a rapid response time of under 30 minutes for local locksmith emergencies. If you require an emergency locksmith then one phone call any times, day or night will get you a fully qualified and professional local locksmith on the other hand if you simply want new high security locks fitting, your locks changing or some advice on security for your home or office then we can book an appointment at a time most convenient for you.

Our locksmiths carry a range of locks and tools enabling them to complete most jobs there and then. They are also fully qualified and have regular update training so that they are well prepared to deal with any scenario and be able to gain access to your property with minimum damage to your property. We supply and fit a variety of locks, including Mortice locks, Rim Cylinders, Euro cylinders, MultiPoint uPVC door locks, digital locks, dead bolts plus many more. All of the locks we fit meet the insurance approved standard BS3621 and include brands such as Yale Locks, Chubb Locks, Union Locks, Mul-T-Lock and others.
If you live in Weybridge, and are looking for a locksmith near me then contact us today

 

What Services Does Your Weybridge Locksmith Provide?

We provide a full range of services to all of our clients 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Some of the services we provide include

  • Commercial Locksmith Services
  • Residential Locksmith Services
  • Emergency Locksmith Services
  • Locked Out Situations
  • UPVC Door And Window Lock Maintenance
  • Rekeying Of Locks
  • High Security Lock Installation
  • Burglary Repairs
  • New Locks Supplied And Fitted

 

Do You Have Another Key In Case You Are Locked Out?

There is a popular misconception about locksmiths in Weybridge . Many people think that if they lose their keys then the local Locksmith can come to their location, look at the lock, make a mould somehow and then produce a new key. Unfortunately, this is just not the case. If you lose your keys and you don’t have a spare, then the only option that your local locksmith has is to replace the lock.

This is where the real cost comes in for locksmith services, you are not only paying them for their time and labor, you are also paying for the products that they use to replace your lock.

In most cases locksmiths will carry around everything they need to service their customers. This means that their trucks or cars have replacement deadbolts, doorknobs and even key columns for your car. There may be some occasions that they do not have the necessary items to replace a lock, but overall they will have everything that they need.

This does not mean that you have to use them to replace the locks. You can have them remove the old lock and you can do the rest if you like. However, if you aren’t handy, this isn’t recommended.

Now, if you are in a situation where you have broken your key in your lock, then this might be a salvageable situation. Most Surrey  Locksmiths can piece together a broken key and make a new key from the broken one. However, the condition of the key is important. If you break the key and there are several pieces and some are slivers, then even the best locksmiths may not be able to do anything with it.

Bent keys are also able to be copied by Mobile Locksmiths. However, in most cases you can take a bent key into a locksmith shop rather than calling a locksmith to you. This depends, of course, on whether the bent key is for your car or van. It is important for you to not attempt to straighten the key yourself as you may end up breaking it or causing more  damage so that it prevents a copy being made.

 


The Locksmith

how to change locks

Are you thinking about becoming a locksmith? Many people ask me about my profession when I arrive at a job site. The idea of working with the public, working with hand tools, making a quick buck on lock-out calls, and of course the power and ability to unlock doors, cars and safes is quite intoxicating for some people. I don't place help wanted ads, but nevertheless I average one unsolicited résumé a month via e-mail. Usually it arrives from an eager teenager looking to do an apprenticeship. O.J.T. (on-the-job training) is a fine way to go if you can get the gig. That's precisely how I started. That and reading every trade magazine I could get my hands on, endless hours doing research on the web, taking classes, attending trade expos, and talking with any locksmith who would take the time to chat with me (and many would, so long as I wasn't one of their competitors). But that's how it is for most lock jocks. Once you begin work as a locksmith it gets under your skin. It consumes you and becomes an obsession. That's not exactly a bad thing after all; to be (God willing) financially successful at what you enjoy is a great way to pay the bills. There is, however, a price to pay that does not fit with most people's lifestyle, and thus -- the purpose of this article.

The Good: Helping the public and making a few bucks while doing it. First off, I rarely charge to unlock a car or house when there is a child locked inside. When I get the call, usually from a panicked parent declaring his or her child is locked inside a car, I rush to the scene. There are few better moments for me as a locksmith than seeing the relief in a mother's eyes when I unlock the door and she pulls her child from a sweltering car on a warm summer day. "You're my HERO," she says as she holds her child close with tears in her eyes. "No charge ma'am. We don't charge for children locked in cars. If you like, for a small fee, I can make you a copy of your car's door key so it's less likely to happen again." They almost always say yes, and the payment for the key usually accompanies a tip. The "up sale" is simply to cover my gas going out on the call, and the tip, if any, buys me lunch.

The rest of my jobs are typically for-profit jobs. Still, over half of what I charge goes right back into the company in the form of gas, insurance, advertising, trade organization dues, license fees, vehicle maintenance, tools, supplies, and other expenses.

As a locksmith you will never get rich, but if you play your cards right you could retire well. The plan, as I read in a popular trade magazine, is to sell a well-established shop with a long list of customer accounts, while owning and collecting rent on the property the shop sits on. It's even better if you own an entire complex and collect rent from your shop's neighbors, too. I personally know a retired locksmith who did exactly this and I understand he is doing quite well for himself.

Many locksmiths make and sell tools and/or reference books, or teach classes (as I do) to supplement their income.

The Bad: Being on call 24/7. After-hours and weekend service can account for a large part, if not most when first starting out, of your income. Then there are the late night calls. 2am, half drunk and he can't find his car keys: "I'm sorry sir -- I can't help you drive your car tonight, but if you call me in the morning I will be happy to assist you."

The locksmith industry is a highly regulated (but necessarily so) security industry. The licenses, insurances, and bonds you have to carry can cost a small fortune. I have a city business license, a state locksmith license, a State Contractor's License for lock and security work, two insurance policies (general liability and commercial vehicle insurance), two different bonds, and I am a member of two major national trade organizations. In California, you need to be fingerprinted and pass State and Federal background tests. I am also a member of some local organizations including the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the North Valley Property Owner's Association.

The cost of running a business like this can be overwhelming and there is always another tool you need to buy, another software update, or replacement parts/tools that need to be ordered. I am currently saving up for a high security key machine that retails for $5,800.

Let's not forget the paperwork. You will need to keep legal forms for customers to fill out and detailed records of who, what, where and when. The last thing you want to do is make keys to a car or house for someone who does not have authority to hold a key to that property.

Lastly, buy a nice shirt and tie because there is a good chance you will find yourself in a court of law before long for, among other things, domestic disputes.

The Ugly: Evictions, repossessions (R.E.O.'s), and re-keys after a domestic dispute. There are few things as humbling in this profession as writing a bill for after-hours service and handing the new keys over to someone wearing a fresh black eye. I vividly remember one woman who was standing next to a hole in the drywall where her head was forcibly inserted only a few hours earlier. The local sheriffs know me because it's not uncommon to perform the re-key and security checks while they are still there, filling out their report.

Can you say fleas? Yep, now I keep flea powder in the van because you never know what condition a recently foreclosed house will be in.

Angry former tenants who have been kicked out can also present a challenge. Sometimes the locks are disabled or destroyed, and I keep latex gloves in the van in case I ever have to pick open another lock that has been urinated on.

The bottom line: I am quite happy being a locksmith, most of the time. The pay, the freedom of the job (I can leave my schedule open if my kids have a school event), and the satisfaction of helping people while making a profit for myself keeps me going.

My advice to you:

1. Do your research before entering the market as a locksmith. My town has too many locksmiths per capita. There is barely enough work to go around much of the time.

2. Get on with another locksmith and be willing to relocate, as you may be required to sign a "no compete" contract saying you will not leave to be your boss's competitor. Locksmith schools are okay, but a seasoned locksmith can show you some tricks of the trade that can help you make higher profits or perform jobs better and quicker than the basic skills taught in most schools.

3. Be willing to pay your dues. It will take many years to build up a customer base, and a name for yourself. A wise locksmith once told me it takes at least three years before they (the customers) know you're there, and seven before they notice you are gone.

4. When you start out on your own, get an easy to recognize logo and put it on everything: your van, invoices, pens to hand out, and every other piece of advertising (see our logo below).

5. C.Y.A. Document everything and have pre-printed, professionally prepared, legal forms for your customers to fill out.

6. Don't get too carried away. If you have other obligations, like a spouse and/or kids, make sure to make time for them. It's hard to turn the phone off, or turn down calls because you're turning away money, but you can't get back the days you miss.

A former employer of mine occasionally tells the story of how he made $2,000 in one weekend dispatching calls to his on-call locksmith, while he was on a boat on Lake Shasta with his wife. It was a rare weekend vacation for them and he spent a good part of the day on the phone. She died of cancer two short years later, and he later told me he would give just about anything to have that day back. I know this story personally as I was the on-call employee that weekend.

To quote Uncle Ben (from Spider-Man, the movie): "With great power comes great responsibility." The ability to unlock doors, bypass alarm systems, unlock safes, and the inside knowledge of customers' security systems has been the downfall of unscrupulous locksmiths. In short, if you can't handle the temptation, don't pursue the profession.

Finally: Never take advantage of someone. Like Grandpa always said, it can take a lifetime to build up a good reputation but only a moment to ruin it.

Good luck in whatever you decide -- unless, of course, you are planning to open a lock shop in my service area.

 

 


Car Locksmiths

change locks on house

Why is it important to hire a licensed and professional bonded locksmith? For starters, many countries and states have such laws. For example, California has a law that all locksmiths should be licensed. And they should be licensed through the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services.

Also, when licenses are given out to bonded locksmiths, the governments, agencies such as the FBI collect identification details. They also collect fingerprint information for each bonded locksmith. This ensures that the bonded locksmith does not have a criminal background. This gives the user of the locksmith services an assurance that the bonded locksmith you are hiring is legitimate and that he uses his craft and skills to ensure your protection.

Finally, and unfortunately, there are many locksmiths out there who are not licensed locksmiths. Many times these unlicensed locksmiths who are often also inexperienced, very unprofessional and simply call themselves "locksmiths" are simply trying to earn as much money as possible. These locksmiths therefore will give deleterious and very misguided advice. Most of the times, these people do not have any real experience in locksmith services. They also lack training in the security industry. They are often very greedy individuals.

It is only a licensed locksmith who can give you qualified advice. He can also give you recommendations regarding your security needs, your security systems, your security solutions security solutions which maybe physical as well as electronic for your home. This advice also is availed of by big business houses.

A licensed locksmith is the one who has filed the necessary paperwork. This paperwork has to be filed with state and sometimes also with federal government agencies. The locksmith then receives a license to operate as an official bonded locksmith. So the next time you seek a locksmith, ask him for his license number first.

An insured locksmith is the one who has purchased liability insurance. This insurance protects both the locksmith and his clients against any accidental damage to the property or to life. This is similar to the car insurance. We must an insured locksmith to ensure the safety of work, property and of life.

A bonded locksmith is bonded when he pays a fee, which is often quite nominal to a bonding company. After passing a background check, these locksmiths are guaranteed that in case of occurrence of an accident, the bonding company will reimburse certain previously agreed upon amount of money. They will then modify the situation and fix the problem. Bonding is similar to insurance. It is an added protection for the client. Many big industry organizations offer bonding for locksmiths in their respective areas. Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) offers bonding to their members.

You yourself can also conduct your own locksmith license search. It is your right to get hold of this information. It will assist you in making a responsible decision when choosing your locksmith. Car locksmiths install security hardware similar to deadbolts and access control systems. Car locksmiths can give you advice for your security needs. They can help you gain access to your car if you happen to get locked out. You name it; these locksmiths can help you with it.

 

Back to Locksmith Surrey page

Bookmark and Share