Locksmith Complaints Stem From Upselling, False Advertising

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C. Brandon Baird CRL

Subject: Trustworthy locksmiths

There are plenty of good, reliable, honest locksmiths. Find a good one and program their number in your phone. You never know when the unexpected could happen. Using services like Angies List to read reviews from real customers who use locksmith services. This type of bad service is in other trades also. This is a nation wide problem that has given many different types of services problems. Take precautions to prevent being a victim of these dishonest practices. When you find good contractors say so. Leave feed back and report the quality of work. Angies List has real reports from real people.

LA Locksmith

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A locksmith must, of course, learn the basics of being a locksmith. The locksmith must learn the tools necessary, the machines used, the locks and systems on the market, key identification, panic hardware, electronic security, business security, home security, and tax information. The locksmith must also learn advertising, bookkeeping, employee information, hiring techniques, safety measures for him or herself, safety for the employees who will be left at the office, pricing, and customer relations

Mike Forbragd, CML

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It is too bad that there are dishonest people out there who "call" themselves locksmiths. However there are many honest, professionals, such as myself. I am a Certified Master Locksmith listed with the Associated Locksmiths of America and have been in business for over 35 years. If you look for the cheapest price, (like $18.00 for a lockout), you have a good chance of being scammed. Remember that a professional has costs in his business to provide the quality of service you should expect.

John Stone

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AAA ofers locksmith service, free,for car or home. Good benefit. Prescreened for reliability

Gordon Silva

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Locksmithing used to be an honorable profession but the profession hasn't kept up with the times. There are always going to be thieves who prey on the unsuspecting. The government hasn't kept up with these people by developing preventive laws and procedures to prevent this type of crime. Google "gypsy" or "phony locksmiths" and learn more about it. G

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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


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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.


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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.
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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.