When life hit me hard not too long ago, I was in need of someone to help me repair my front door. I had no idea where to start or who to turn to so I did what most people do and turned to the internet. A “door repair near me” search came back with thousands of options, none of which really seemed like the best way to spend an entire day dealing with the issue. It was not until I was just about to bite the bullet and pay whatever it took to make the problem go away that someone recommended a locksmith. It had never crossed my mind that a locksmith would be the right person to repair doors because, after all, lock is in the name. Boy, was I wrong and I’m sure glad that I made that call to a locksmith.
There are some things you should keep in mind before calling a locksmith and information that will make the process go a whole lot easier. When I needed a door repair near me, I had no idea what I needed and I wish someone had given me these pointers beforehand.
Know Your Stuff
When I called that locksmith in Leeds to help me the first thing he asked is what kind of door I had. I said “I don’t know, big?” When it comes to repairing doors, knowing the material of the door very much helps the locksmith determine how to fix it. Wooden doors are different than UPVC door which are different from aluminium doors and so on.
Be as Detailed as Possible
When talking with the locksmith, it is important to be as detailed as you can about the type of damage that was done to the door. Is it central to one location like around the lock or a hinge? Can you see if it looks like the door was struck in a certain way? Maybe the door is just coming loose and not latching correctly. All of this goes into how the locksmith assess the damage.
Prepare for the Worst, Hope for the Best
What does not look like much damage to me or you might actually be very bad damage in the eye of the locksmith. You should be prepared for the locksmith to suggest replacing the door in its entirety. A simple crack through the centre of the door can jeopardize the structural integrity of the door as a whole which would mean replacing it is the only option. A locksmith will be able to make that determination when presented with all of the facts.
In my case, I was pleasantly surprised when the locksmith only needed to change my door lock and the problem was solved. Imagine the time and money I would have spent replacing the whole door if I never called a locksmith to begin with! On top of the easy fix, it only took about an hour to get the job done and I was on my way. I can tell you the next time I have even the slightest issue with anything remotely door-related, the locksmith will be my first call – and most likely my only call.
The above is a fictionalised account, but it could be the story you tell your friends if you call a locksmith for help with your door repair needs!