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Reviewed by Pooja on 27/9/2018

Was satisfied with the job and helped us identifying door issues.

jmk joiners

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All tradesmen time served

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Reviewed by Richard on 17/10/2018

Early to the job and very professional. Would definitely recommend to others.

I offer flexible bookings. I will be there when you need me. I can offer the same rate for weekdays as weekends. I have a clear pricing policy the price I quote will be the price you pay. All work is guaranteed.

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Reviewed by James on 26/9/2018

Very happy. David was a great guy and did an excellent job of rehanging and addition fire&smoke seals to my front door.

FW Peters

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I am a London born general handyman with over 20 years experience. I work for multi national company's.I have public liability insurance.i am a CHAS / Construction line certified tradesman I tend not to take on large jobs as I have contractual obligations

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Reviewed by Tom on 2/11/2017

Quick response, work carried out to a very high standard that was incredible value for money - would highly recommend

We are a family run, small electrical and plumbing company, we can carry out every type of work, from replacing a blown fuse, dripping tap to a full fuse board replacement. We are friendly honest and reliable, and take pride in our work.

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Reviewed by Jackie on 14/11/2018

Mr Messenger turned up when he said. Did the job. The price was right with no added costs.

We have been trading for 33 years within the plumbing and building industry, i have no certificates but i do bring 33 years of experience. if you have any any questions feel free to ask, thank you Anthony Gilbert

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Reviewed by Lisa on 12/11/2018

fast efficient solution to my problem

KMC Joinery

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hi my name is kevin a joiner who lives in liverpool,ive been working in the construction trade since i left school 16 years ago,and feel i have a vast amount of knowledge in all aspects of joinery work from small to large projects.i am reliable and honest

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Reviewed by Nicola on 25/10/2018

Excellent really good

Keysafe Security Specialists provide a reliable and high quality Domestic/Commercial Locksmith service and CCTV Installation. We combine honest pricing with a conscientious work ethic to provide a professional level of service to each customer.

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Reviewed by Christopher on 5/10/2018

Timely, professional and good quality of work.

We are A family run business Established 1979.

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Reviewed by Liz on 18/6/2018

These were hard working, people whom turned up early morning and stayed all day just stopping for lunch. They have done a lovely job of painting our properties

Welcome to Barwick Locksmiths and Maintenance. We are a well established and professional locksmith and maintenance company that are on hand 24 hours a day 7 days a week, we also offer a range of security systems to keep you safe at home and at work.

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Reviewed by John-Paul on 1/11/2018

Brilliant, Tony completed the job to a great standard, was on time, polite and tidy I will use again

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Emergency / 24 hour locksmith specialists - what you need to know

If you’re unfortunate enough to lock yourself out of your home (or need to repair a faulty or temperamental lock), then you’ll need the services of an emergency or 24-hour locksmith. Your knight in shining armour, they’ll arrive and rescue you or secure your home – depending on the jam you find yourself in. 

Locksmiths don’t just fix broken locks or cut new keys. They deal with all things security-related, from high-tech digital access systems and burglar alarms, to more traditional deadbolts and doorknobs – ensuring all bases are covered.

You might be tempted to do this kind of work yourself. But if locks are ill-fitted, you risk your security (as well as potentially invalidating your home and contents insurance). Find a professional locksmith, and they’ll be able to advise you on (and properly fit) the most appropriate locks for your house.

Cost of emergency locksmith services

An emergency locksmith should be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cost of hiring them will vary depending on the time of day and scope of the job.

Typical fees, labour only, are:

  • Replace a budget lock: £100-£150+
  • Replace an advanced anti-snap lock: £125-£175+
  • Lost keys or remove a broken key (no new lock required): £50-£150+

Locksmith prices – what affects the quote? 

Your locksmith may charge more (or less) depending on:

  • The size of the job. Many locksmiths charge an hourly rate, so changing one lock at your property could take an hour. Multiple changes, not surprisingly, can take several hours.
  • Additional parts. Any parts that are required will also affect your quote. This is often necessary if you have a snapped lock or cylinder, or if a lock can’t be repaired. The specific lock needed will depend on what type of door you have (and, potentially, on your insurance policy).
  • Call-out fees and 24-hour service charges. Emergency locksmiths are likely to charge a different fee for more inconvenient hours, usually between 6pm and 8am. They may include a call-out fee too.

While there are lots of variables when it comes to the cost of hiring an emergency locksmith, they should be able to accurately quote for the work upfront.

How to choose your locksmith

Here are some credentials to help you decide which locksmith is right for you.

  • Specialists in the work you need. Some locksmiths may have extensive experience in alarm systems, while others will focus on replacing and repairing locks. There are also auto locksmiths who can help if you’re having problems with your car’s security.
  • Emergency or 24-hour services. If the nature of your job is urgent, this is a must.
  • An accreditation from the Master Locksmiths Association. MLA-accredited locksmiths must undergo comprehensive inspections, so you can trust their expertise.
  • Warranty. Some locksmiths will offer a warranty on their work – it’s worth enquiring about this when your professional provides a quote.

The qualifications your locksmith needs

There are currently no legal regulations in the industry, meaning a locksmith doesn’t need a licence or qualifications. However, many locksmiths choose to gain training or accreditation through recognised bodies such as the MLA.

While MLA membership is a good indicator of a locksmith being well-established and reputable, it’s equally important to consider the experience they have built up.

Planning permission for locksmith jobs

You won’t require planning permission to change your locks, but you may require it when making more significant changes to your home (like replacing doors or windows).

Insurance for locksmith work

While a locksmith doesn’t require any legal insurance, a reputable tradesperson will have public liability insurance to protect against any accidental damage.

You’ll also need to review your home insurance documents, which will determine what type of locks and security measures are necessary for your policy.

Questions you should ask your locksmith

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Do they have plenty of relevant experience?
  • Can they provide a warranty on their work?
  • Can they provide other services such as burglar alarms, and auto security?

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