Choose a Locksmith Before You're Locked Out

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Jim Wiedman, CML


THANK YOU! I am so happy to see folks like Angies list going the extra mile to find qualified people and protect the consumer!

Lee Mazzotta


This problem is getting worse. I live in the metro Atlanta area and have been a locksmith for 14 years now. Many locksmith companies are operating from out of state and have no cares whatsoever about the customer. A quote of $45 can go over $800 in one story I've heard. Customers need to use local established companies. They need to ask more questions, and always ask for I.D. when a locksmith arrives at your door. If I give a quote over the phone and then in person, it stays that way. If a customer does not like my price, I'm fine with that. No one should ever be rude, ever. I have heard some awful stories in recent years about these new companies harassing customers who have complained.

Frank Reed


There's a lot of bait & switch techniques going on with a lot of the shyster locksmiths w/ headquarters out of town & "no-name" companies & "no owners with names". Check out the website to read all the latest developments.

Mary Weil


There is a great locksmith in N Raleigh. He is a one man small business and very dependable. I'll put him on the list.
He happens to live in my neighborhood of Stonehenge.

Bill Bybee RL


In the state of Texas make sure that a locksmith is a licensed locksmith by DPS. He will have a license number that starts with a B...My Number is B12075. In Texas you can go to the web site for DPS and look up the number and see if company is licensed. The address is Go to searches and search conpanies or individuals. All you have to do is type in the companies license's number and you will see if the person's name is there.You can try my number if you like. You will know that I am who I say I am.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.