Locksmith Reviews: Which Tradesperson Reviews Can You Trust?
When it comes to locksmiths reviews, there are a number of places to find reviews for tradespeople, but which ones can you really trust?
Where to Find Locksmith Reviews
When checking for locksmiths reviews it’s advisable to cross check and be wary. The most popular places to find locksmith reviews are;
Which Locksmith Reviews can you trust?
As with any tradespeople reviews you want to know that you can trust what you are reading.
Fake trades person reviews are a significant issue, particularly in the locksmith industry which is unregulated by the government (believe it or not!).
NB: A tradesperson should never offer money or discount in exchange for a review.
It is possible to spot patterns when numerous fake reviews are being left. For example there is a Barnet based locksmith we know to be dishonest. We know because we have had numerous customers call us to repair their work. The locksmith in question has reviews that don’t appear genuine.
Signs of fake reviews;
- Large amounts of conflicting reviews – some with 5 stars and some with 1 star
- Patterns in the comments – periods where there are only stars and no comments, then quite similar themed comments, then more detailed comments which sound slightly obscure.
Look up locksmith near me reviews on Google and see if you can spot any suspect patterns. Some reviews make interesting reading.
Google seems to have the most significant issue with dishonest reviews. Probably because google is the most popular place to search for anything. Also having more reviews is said to boost Google rankings and exposure, which is something that most businesses are conscious of.
The Best Way to Choose a Genuine Locksmith
Unfortunately you can’t just google locksmith near me reviews and trust what you read. If you don’t have a recommendation of a local trustworthy locksmith, then the best place to start is with the Master Locksmiths Association website here where you can search using your postcode. In the absence of legislation this is the closest to the equivalent of choosing a gas safe registered plumber.
You can be assured that MLA approved locksmiths have credentials;
- Fully qualified
- CRB/DBS checked
- Regularly vetted by the MLA
As MLA approved locksmiths we attend regular meetings to keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry. Becoming MLA approved requires time and commitment and only genuine locksmiths truly committed to their trade will carry the MLA logo.
There are many genuine locksmiths who are not MLA approved however the MLA logo gives reassurance. The master locksmith reviews for standards of each member are carried out on an annual basis. They are hot on keeping locksmith standards extremely high.
Once you have chosen a locksmith it is always worth googling locksmith reviews near me to make more detailed checks and give you further peace of mind. Your security is too important to trust to just anyone so it’s important to research your locksmith well. You can read more about How to Choose a Locksmith here.
MLA Approved Locksmith – Celebrating 10 Years
This year I celebrated 10 years as fully a qualified MLA locksmith. After passing the exam there was a process that I had to go through for my company to become MLA approved. IKS locksmiths has been an MLA approved company for 9 years now and we are very proud to display the MLA logo. Not only does it give our customers confidence but the support that we get from the MLA to be the best we can is very important to me and my company.
IKS Locksmiths Reviews
We are keen to get genuine feedback from our customers. When we invoice a customer, we add links to enable customers to easily leave reviews. As a business we don’t invest in expensive advertising, so word of mouth is very important to us as a small local locksmith business. On completion of a job we explain this to our customers and ask if they would be kind enough to leave us a review. When a customer takes the time to leave us a review we really appreciate it. Some customers choose to leave comments on Google reviews, and some prefer Facebook reviews, depending on what they are used to using. We are very grateful for any feedback we get. Our focus is on high quality workmanship and customer service. As a small business, competing with tough competition, our reputation is of the upmost importance.
Why Choose a Local Locksmith?
I would always recommend choosing a locally based locksmith. You can read more about the reasons why in my series of posts comparing the differences between independent and national locksmiths.
If you are based in North London or Hertfordshire and need a locksmith you can trust, give us a call.