Saving Money on Essentials: Locksmiths

March 20, 2014

We’re all well aware that financial times are tough and that unexpected, unfortunate events in life do come up. There are some expenses that are difficult to avoid, like natural disaster repairs or healthcare costs. But for some things, you can at the very least be prepared – especially if you’re a homeowner. Living in a busy city like Bethesda, locksmiths are bound to be needed at some point – hopefully because you’re locked out, and not because your house has been broken into, but unfortunately you never know. Not only having a number on-hand, but knowing the least expensive locksmith in the area will make you thank yourself later. Here are a few tips on how you can save even more.

 

The Internet: Use It!

 

Never hire an essential service, such as a locksmith, without first looking at their website. Many even have social media accounts! This is the best way to find out if they’re running any deals at the moment, and believe it or not, businesses like these very frequently put up special offers. You might get 10% off your first service, or a free few miles if they have to travel. In any sense, it can save you a few bucks and help you get an understanding of the company.

 

Go Local

 

Some locksmiths charge for distance, and especially if you’re calling on a night, weekend, or holiday, you don’t want the bill to add up with extra charges. You can save money by calling the closest (reliable) locksmith, and you’ll also cut down on the amount of time you have to spend standing out in the cold.

 

Shop Around

 

When you get some free time, do some online comparisons and read reviews to find the best local deal. You’re bound to have a few in your area, so you might as well find the one that’s the speediest and the least expensive. Take down the number and you’ll be glad you did when an emergency comes up.

 

Be Prepared!

 

It’ll obviously be cheapest if you never have to call a locksmith at all. When you move into a new place, make sure you’ve got an ample security system and enough spare keys. The security system will help deter potential break-ins, and if you leave a spare key with close friends who live nearby, you won’t have to worry about paying someone to pick your locks! They’re simple preparations, but they pay off.

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