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Being locked out of your home can be extremely stressful and we believe it’s the locksmith’s duty to make the process as easy for the customer as possible. We have provided a quick guide on the important factors to consider when choosing a locksmith.

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  1. Find an accredited locksmith

Unfortunately, locksmith services aren’t regulated by the UK government, meaning there are over 6,500 untrained workers operating in the UK. For peace of mind, we recommend hiring an MLA (Master Locksmith Association) approved locksmith. They are bonded and insured, meaning you don’t have to worry about damages during installation. They are also DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked.

  1. Choose a specialist locksmith

It can be difficult finding a locksmith that suits your needs. Some specialise in certain locks, while others only work on specific types of properties. Banham locksmiths are approved by the MLA and are trained to work on all locks and property types.

  1. Rely on an expert's opinion

It’s not always a simple decision when replacing your locks and it can be beneficial to get an expert’s second opinion. We offer a free site survey where one of our locksmiths can visit your property and provide a full assessment. Feel free to ask them any questions you may have; they’ll be happy to help.

  1. Make sure the costs are fair

Be wary of any locksmith that is unclear about their prices. Some prey on the vulnerability of those who are locked out of their home and charge wild prices. We charge per hour to avoid any large upfront costs. Look at our pricing guide here.

  1. Check availability

Some locksmiths can be unreliable and only work during office hours in certain areas. Banham locksmiths have a rapid response time and operate across London, Guildford, Worthing, Brighton & East Sussex, Maidenhead, Portsmouth, Bristol and other South East areas, 24/7 365 days a year.

  1. Look for testimonials

Don’t just take it from the locksmith! Find out about other customers’ experiences. You can see our Trustpilot reviews here.



What is a sign of a reputable locksmith?

At Banham, we recommend using MLA approved locksmiths. You can request to see proof of your locksmith’s MLA membership, as all MLA approved locksmiths are required to carry it.

How can I avoid unnecessary costs?

Having made sure you are approaching an MLA approved locksmith, provide as much information about your requirement as possible. A professional locksmith will be able to provide accurate pricing based on your information. A rogue locksmith is far more likely to be unclear about costs. You can compare quotes from several different sources to determine the best price. Always ask if the cost includes VAT. Banham's locksmith price guide can be found here.

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