The majority of people think of locksmiths as the guys that pick locks. However, the truth is quite different. There are many services that a locksmith can offer. Indeed in most local communities, it would be difficult to survive in business as a locksmith if that was the only service provided.
As an expert locksmith, there are a basic set of skills that are necessary to be able to provide a high-quality service.
Being able to allow people into their houses and businesses when keys have been misplaced or stolen, locks have broken down or combinations have been misplaced or forgotten is just a part of the locksmith business.
Cabinets, office furniture, and cupboards can all have locks fitted. These are usually quite different from domestic door locks and need a different set of skills and specialized tools.
Advising and fitting the proper security
Fit the proper locks. Knowing which locks to use where and how to fit them is a very profitable and precious service to provide.
Insurance companies have a particular need on types of locks to be fitted for their policy to be valid in case of a break-in. Failure to comply with these rules may result in an insurance company refusing to payout. Primary and secondary outgoing doors, internal doors, garages, and windows, among other things, can all have unique needs. You may put your clients’ minds at ease by installing the proper locks, which will ensure that their policy is fully covered.
Mechanical and electronic lock combinations frequently require changing. These are generally found on education, care, and business premises and a change in employees or customers may need the code to be changed. For a dc locksmith, this is very simple, but for some lock brands and beyond the common man, it is quite difficult.
Fitting security bars and grills
Upgrading existing locks
Fitting and supplying registered key, master key, and keyed-alike suites.
Fitting and supplying safes can be very lucrative. In some cases, the distributors/manufacturers do all the delivery and installation and the locksmith gets paid just for his recommendation.
Locks are quite cheap so repairing them isn’t normally cost-effective for the customer. However, there are always exceptions to the rule, which can be both financially and personally beneficial.
Certainly cutting duplicate keys or making keys to fit a lock is a locksmith’s staple. The real skill is in identifying the blank profile or gauge as there are hundreds of variations to select from.
This is by no means a complete list but at least with these skills, a locksmith will be kept busy with effective marketing.