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June 7, 2017
You may think that all locksmith companies are the same, but this is not true. The reality is that some companies are one-man operations, and others are huge corporations that dispatch locksmiths from a central location. There are also a wide range of companies in between these two extremes. When you are dealing with a stressful issue with your door locks or other lock and key issues, you do not want to risk calling the wrong company for assistance. In fact, there are a few common and unpleasant things that could happen when you choose to use the wrong company for your current needs.
You May Have to Wait a Long Time
When you call a local phone number for assistance with your keyless entry locks, deadbolt locks or other features, you understandably expect a local professional to arrive at your location quickly. However, some out-of-town companies have local numbers. When you call them, you may have to wait a few hours for someone to travel into your town to help you. This is not an ideal situation for most people. Always make sure your company has a local address.The information on the Lock-Up Services Inc website may have additional insights and can provide you with further support.
The Professional May Not Be Able to Help You
The skills and experiences of different locksmiths vary. For example, some can assist with keyless entry locks, a keypack lock or an automatic door opener. Others only offer basic services, such as those related to door locks and deadbolt locks. If you need key cutting service for your car, you may want to determine if your car key has a chip in it. Many auto manufacturers are installing chips in keys, and this means that you must go to the dealership to get a new key made.
You May Pay Too Much for Service
Another unfortunate outcome associated with making a poor locksmith selection is paying too much money for the service you need. Each company or expert has a different rate, and many refuse to give you a quote over the phone. However, you should at least be able to get a rough estimate over the phone. You also should receive a written quote when the professional arrives. Avoid working with companies that charge a travel fee just for visiting you.
As you can see, the experience that you may have from one company to another can be tremendously different. When you want the best overall experience with your locksmith, inquire about services, fees and their location and timing up-front. Avoid working with any company that gives you indefinite or vague answers. It may be helpful to spend a few minutes reading online consumer reviews as well before making an appointment.
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When scheduling a household move, it’s easy to overlook incidental but important details that can make the process run smoothly. As you plan for the big day, consider making a checklist with the following items to help you be ready when the movers Toronto arrive.
Board the pets.
Even if you own a docile cat that wouldn’t hurt a flea, it’s best to keep animals out of the way when moving day comes. Not only can pets be a distraction to the movers, but they also can get inadvertently sealed in a moving box or end up outdoors when someone leaves the door open while moving things to the truck. Find a reliable pet boarder who will keep your furry friends safe and comfortable.
If you don’t arrange food ahead of time, you’ll probably end up eating something on the run, leading to stress and indigestion. Use the crockpot for sloppy joes or put some cold cuts in the fridge. Anything that requires minimal preparation and cleanup will work. Healthy fruits, veggies, and nuts to snack on will help to keep everyone energetic and alert.
Boxes and crates should be clearly marked as to contents, using transparent tape or sticker labels. Unpacked miscellaneous items like folding chairs that could logically be placed in various rooms should have a label indicating where they will go at the new house.
Prepare a printed schedule.
Write a general timeline of activities for the day, starting with final preparations before the movers arrive. Provide a copy to the moving company in advance. Include loading and unloading times, transport, meals, errands such as a quick trip to the ATM, and related errands. Allow extra time for unexpected delays due to weather, traffic, etc.
Say goodbye to neighbors beforehand.
To prevent neighbors from stopping by as the movers are busily involved getting the house emptied, say your goodbyes ahead of time. Let them know when the movers are coming so they can discreetly stay out of the way. If neighbors’ pets are used to running into your yard for a friendly greeting, ask neighbors to pen up their animals while the moving company is there.
Schedule utility turnoffs on another day.
While it may seem like a great idea to have everything done in a single day, it’s more convenient to have the utilities turned off after the move, rather than before or during. It won’t take long, and the reduced stress of juggling workers and technicians will be worth it.
Check with Hudson Movers about other needs they may have, like plastic wrap for delicate items or quilted support in the truck to protect furniture. Advance planning ensures a smooth move.
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