Fatima and her husband Ismail moved into their new home in early December, 2013, with their baby twins. Despite their Realtor’s advice that they get the locks changed right away, they were so busy with the hustle and bustle of moving and getting the babies settled that it just slipped their minds. “Then the ice storm hit,” recalls Ismail. “Our power was out for six days. We lost all our food, and eventually we had to stay in a hotel. It was terrible.”
As for many Torontonians, the blackout was costly for the Mohammads* and when they finally got around to calling a locksmith, they wanted a deal. So Fatima called around until she found a discount locksmith who came to their house and installed new locks on the front and back doors while the Mohammads were at work. When they came home, they discovered significant damage to both doors. “There were huge gouges not only to the paintwork, but the frames themselves.” Fatima called the company to complain, but she was told there was no recourse. The Mohammads had chosen a locksmith that was not bondable or insured.
What is a Bondable Locksmith?
Being ‘bondable’ refers to a level of professional ability, commitment and trustworthiness. In order to become a bondable locksmith, a student must first obtain their high school diploma or equivalent and then work for a master locksmith as an apprentice. The apprentice locksmith would learn such trade skills as repairing mechanical and electrical locks, making and duplicating keys, drilling safes and changing combinations and tumblers, and performing general maintenance on all different kinds of locking devices.
Once the apprenticeship is complete and a certification test has been passed, the new locksmith is technically ready to hang out their own shingle, since there is no licensing necessary to become a locksmith in Ontario. However, most new graduates of locksmithing programs tend to work for an established company for awhile before striking out solo. That way, they can gain valuable experience working with experienced locksmiths – and if the company is bonded and insured, like Toronto’s Pro Locksmiths, everyone is protected from any newbie mistakes.
To be more precise…a surety bond broker guarantees the locksmith’s work against mistakes, accidental damage, and incomplete work. That means that if the Mohammads had chosen a bondable locksmith, they would have been reimbursed for the damage to their doors.
What to Ask Your Toronto Locksmith
In a business where no accreditation is strictly necessary, reputation is everything. It’s imperative to make sure that the locksmith you are considering has a great reputation for service and reliability, does quality work, and uses quality products sourced from leading industry brands. A personal referral can provide a good indication of a locksmith’s work, but still, before hiring any locksmith, you should find out if they are bonded and insured so that you and your property are protected. Isn’t that why you want to hire a locksmith in the first place?
Pro Locksmiths is a trustworthy and ethical Toronto locksmith, but we don’t expect our solid reputation and more than 30 years in the industry to speak for themselves. Ask any one of our expert technicians for their surety bond certificate and they will happy to produce it on demand – proof positive that you are protected, and our work is guaranteed. Call Pro Locksmiths, your bondable locksmith in Toronto.