Hi guys, it's been a while since I last added a blog entry. Life has been a tad hectic recently :D
So, let me set the scene. You've locked yourself out, but you do have your phone with you. You've also got enough data and call credit to do a Google search, and call a locksmith once you have found one.
What's the first thing you would search Google for? "Local locksmith" is a very popular search term. At the top and bottom of the page, you'll see several paid for advertisements, which in itself isn't always a bad thing. It's always prudent to be aware of this though. Once you've clicked through to a locksmith's website, do you know what to look for to make sure you're not actually calling a 'national'? In fact, do you even know what a 'national' is? Let me explain, they are for all intents and purposes an unnecessary middleman. A national will be just a call centre, there aren't actually any locksmiths there. They'll take your call, reassuring you that your local (unlikely to be local to you, more likely to travel from quite a distance) locksmith is on their way to you when in reality they haven't even found you a locksmith yet. This 'national' will basically hire a locksmith on your behalf, and cream off a hefty profit for doing this. They are rarely in any kind of hurry to get this done, and will lie to you if you chase them up & profess the locky is on their way :/
This basically means that the locksmith that attends to open your door could've actually been hired by you directly, and cost circa £50-£60 less than if you'd not been tricked into calling a national!
This business model is leaving a very bitter taste in the mouths of customers and engineers alike. So, in conclusion - be smart when Googling/searching for your locksmith. Check feedback on the Google profile for the company you're thinking of hiring, ask them outright if they're the actual locksmith or if they are a national. It's not a foolproof way of protecting yourself, but the knowledge of this very cynical practice will hopefully help.
Good Afternoon, guy's!
I want to talk (type) to you about your uPVC doors and windows. From time-to-time they'll need adjusting and maintenance. If you're finding it's getting more & more difficult to close/lock your uPVC's, then it really is time to get your local locksmith out.
If you ignore the warning signs that your uPVC door or window is in need of some TLC, then it can definitely compound the problem. The extra strain placed on the other components will eventually mean that the mechanisms fail completely making the price tag much higher to fix it.
It's been a while since my last blog entry, but this issue is something we come across a lot during the holiday season. So, here goes...
Picture the scene - You're on your holidays, sitting on a beautiful sandy beach & basking in a Mediterranean sun. When your pet sitter calls you to say they're locked out as the key/lock failed. What do you do? Do you attempt to talk your sitter through the eccentricities of your lock, which will make zero sense to anyone except yourself? Do you get them to call out and pay for a locksmith? What if your sitter doesn't have access to the funds to pay for the locksmith?
What we at Key Change Locksmiths would recommend, is to get that malfunctioning lock/door looked at by a competent locksmith. We can pretty much guarantee that if your lock is needing more and more force to make it engage, then that added pressure will impact on the other moving parts of your locking system. It can get very expensive, very quickly, if your mech fails ~ which is quite common in these scenario's!
Hi again, everyone!
Today I want to talk to you about the changing temperature (YAY, summer's here) and how that can, and invariably does, impact your uPVC & multipoint locking systems on doors & windows.
So, as the temperature outside changes, metals, wood & uPVC both swell and contract. Once you figure in humidity, you've a veritable cornucopia of movement. Locks are actually quite complex pieces of engineering, even a slight shift in the position of a door for instance, will likely render the lock useless. Often this happens after a period of extreme weather temperatures, our recent visit from the #BeastFromTheEast and the sub-zero climes that it brought were definitely responsible for an increase in gearbox & mech (the internals of your multipoint locking door) failures.
What can you do to insure against this happening?
In conclusion, there are several ways to avoid a crisis locksmith call-out. To keep you both safe & issue free, be sure to follow Key Change's above advice, and if you're lucky we will never need to meet :D
Good Morning Sussex :D Summer is almost here.. WOOHOOOOO
But, on a serious note. I want to talk about locking yourself out & calling a locksmith, but then you manage to gain entry before the locksmith arrives. It's ok, we get it. This does happen, and tbh there's no hard feelings. BUT,, we'd massively appreciate if you could just call us and let us know! Here at Key Change we do not charge a call-out fee, so to cancel before we arrive doesn't cost you anything!
Most ppl do call and let us know we're no longer needed. Although the odd person has been known to just hide behind the couch instead, lol :O
It really is just common courtesy to let the person know who's en-route to rescue you ~ that they're no longer needed!!
Thankfully most of our customers do make that call!!
Is everyone ready to get stuck back into work? We had a nice rest, along with a largish potion of chocolate!
Haha, the Easter period is a favourite of the Harris's. My nephew is now old enough to realise that chocolate is wonderful, and Easter means Chocolate!! He got a ChockyWockyDooDah dinosaur (I know, not a bunny!), along with our competition winner Elizabeth Kelly who got the much sought after box of 6 eggs again from ChockyWockyDooDah :D
All-in-all it was a fun bank holiday weekend! Now it's time to get back to it though, so any of you out there reading this who needs their locks sorting out. Call us up ~ mentioning this blog and we will give you a massive 15% off any labour charges.
love chocolate? then enter our competition for a chance to feast on chockywockydoodah deliciousness!!
COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Congratulations to our winner, Elizabeth Kelly!
I'll be so jealous of the winner of our Easter Egg competition, as the prize is a box of 6 ChockyWockyDooDah Easter Eggs!
So, if you want to be in with a chance of winning these yummy-scrummy Easter Eggs then just pop over to our homepage, where half way down you'll find a Competition Entry form.
Good Luck everyone!!
*UK entries only
**Competition closes 25/03/18
Just a quick blog entry on the dangers of hanging certain types of Christmas wreaths on your front door. Now don't get me wrong, as a locksmith some Christmas wreaths actually earn me money. As a responsible and ethical tradesperson however, it'd be remiss of me to not put out the info that could save you some time, money & stress.
Ok, so you know those wreaths you can buy that are attached by hanging them over the door with a metal hook type thing? These are a recipe for disaster. If we place a metal item, or an item across the door it decreases further the small amount of space that's there to allow the door's natural fluctuations in size due, to changes in the weather.
The solution to this is to affix any wreath using a hook screwed into or stuck onto the exterior of the door. You'll avoid that awful moment you realise that although you have a key (that can very easily snap under the pressure) the door is stuck fast in-situe!
TA-DAAAH :) I've just saved you a sizable callout charge from a locksmith!!
Recently I've decided that my eating habits are less than healthy due to the sporadic nature of working as a self employed locksmith. You can set out with the best of intentions to eat a nutritious breakfast, but before you know it the phone starts to ring, and we're off! I suddenly realise that it''s already gone 2pm & i'm famished!
When you're out & about with a grumbling tummy it's just WAY too easy to pop into the gas station to fill up on fuel, and before you know it you're snacking on all manner of delicious but nutritionally junkified food
So. I'm going to fix it. Right here & now I pledge to plough more effort into the planning of meals. Keep your fingers (and probably your toes too) crossed for me as I'm going to need a massive dose of willpower :P