Hello there! I’m Fran – owner of Locksmith Manchester Co….And here is my little locksmith story! It’s not a mirage…it’s true £50 Full Lock Change – That’s All You Pay! We advertise simply as… £50 Locksmiths of Manchester, Cheapest Locksmith in Manchester, Change Locks in Manchester
Here at Locksmith Manchester Co we can offer full lock changes for £50! That’s including our labour, parts and the added bonus of no VAT!#
£50 Full Lock Change – That’s All You Pay
Locksmiths Manchester has been serving the people of Manchester for nearly a decade now. The business was set up by one women – Fran! As a female Locksmith in Manchester, you’ve got to be pretty clued up to survive in a tough market place – and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 10 years. As a Locksmith in Manchester that is female – it’s been so important to be reputable, honest, and bloody good at what you do…..and fair. I think to date I’ve ticked MOST of the boxes…except for the fair one!
I think as a Locksmiths Manchester I’m slightly UNFAIR- because I have always made sure I undercut every other Locksmith Manchester to gain new customers. This has meant I can build up a bank of repeat customers and rely heavily on word of mouth. From the customers perspective, by calling this Locksmith Manchester you know you’re getting the cheapest Locksmith in Manchester by a country mile!
Where Did The Locksmith Manchester Co Originate?
Where did the company start from? Well I used to work for Yellow Pages – for years in fact. I loved what I did, but due to the economic change – I decided it was time for a change. so I picked up my local Yellow Pages – flicked through looking for a trade I could train in and be successful as a women in. And there it was – locksmiths! So I trained – marketed myself and the rest is history – nearly 10 years later and here I am!
National Companies – Ripping People Off! How Are We Different Here At Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Co?
It’s a simple concept…here at Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Co we believe in offering a great service at a great price! We earn a living from the job that we do and we firmly believe that should be it. We don’t need to charge people £200 to open a door! We don’t need to charge £85 for a euro cylinder. We change locks for £50 and are quite happy at that! We aim to be the cheapest Locksmith in Manchester, offering a 2 year guarantee on everything, Covering the entire Greater Manchester area – and doing this day in day out with a massive smile on our chops! The National companies – advertise as local Manchester Locksmith companies, subcontract the work out to local locksmiths and charge upwards of double the normal rates. They normally only offer a 30 day guarantee, and should wear balaclava’s from their offices in London, Bristol or whichever city they operate out of! Trust Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Co.
Grenfell Tower Fire – What Has This To Do With Locksmith Manchester -0161 Co?
You may wonder why am I writing about the huge tower block fire in London? And what exactly does this have to do with Locksmiths in Manchester.
Well quite a lot really. I’m constantly changing locks for people across Manchester in apartments and high rise buildings. And what a lot of people are unaware of are the Fire Regulations surrounding apartments and multiple occupancy accommodation. Please click this link here to have a look at the Residential Landlords Association.
The rules are simple – and make perfect sense when you think about them. In the event of a fire in an aprtment or a shared house you have to be able to get out of the accommodation (whether that be a room, or the entire flat) without needing your keys. So imagine you were on the 16th floor, a fire broke out and naturally you panic to get out of the flat. You have to be able to unlock your front door without needing your keys. Whether this be through a thumb turn lock or a nightlatch, or an escape case.
It breaks fire regulations to have a mortice lock on an apartment door, and I would never fit one as a secondary lock because of this. A lot of locksmiths are either unaware of the implications of this – or don’t care either way. The Grenfell Tower fire just highlights another requirement for private landlords, owners and councils.
These locks are the correct ones to have on your apartment door.
These locks are not correct to have on your door.
If you’re in a Manchester apartment and you want some advice please call me. And if you know your door isn’t compliant, then again call me and book in for a lock change immediately.
#Manchester Bomb Attack – We Stand Together
What a few weeks. It’s fair to say Manchester has been rocked by the bombing at the Manchester Evening News Arena – something I never thought I’d see. People of Manchester were amazing though…just amazing. The very next day going about our business, and not being dictated to by terrorism. Proud to be part of this amazing city – and it’s only bringing everyone closer! Not normally my bag to say this kind of stuff…but couldn’t not on this occasion!
As for Ariana Grande – wow! I think it’s great we make her an honorary Mancunian! I’ve signed the petition!
Sorry!!! From Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Co!
Okay – so I have an apology to make…you may hear a little extra voice when i answer the Locksmith Manchester hotline! As of January this year a new addition to the locksmith family made an overdue appearence! That’s right, little Chester….my now 9 week old little boy! So forgive me for taking a little longer to get to the phone, and also if it happens to be middle way through a screaming fit! But i’m raising the next locksmith generation with the help of Pampers and Aptimil and the occasional large Gordons Gin and Tonic!
He is sleeping through so it’s allowed!
Blimey Blimey Blimey – Christmas is nearly upon us?! Ridiculous considering i’m still in tee shirts for work whilst looking at a gaint Santa Claus stuck on top of Manchester Town Hall!
Exciting though nonetheless – love xmas – think it’s great time for eating fine food, drinking fine wine and moaning about our waist line on the 27th December every year!
Anyway – back to important Manchester Locksmith chit chat – I have a special surprise for all the students packing up for xmas and heading home…full lock installation on your bedroom doors for a complete cost of £85!
All you need to do is call me.. wish me a Merry Xmas and show me your NUS student card!
FULL LOCK INSTALLATIONS FOR 85!!
Merry bloomin Xmas!
Facebook– I’ve Finally Joined the FB Massive!
After many years of swerving the the dreaded Facebook because I believed it to be intrusive and somewhat scary – I’ve finally succumbed and joined! I figured – I could no longer keep telling people ‘no sorry i’m not on Facebook’ when they ask! Rest assured – I won’t be posting pictures of my dinner, telling you about my thoughts on Donald Trump – or anything else of that nature!
Should you wonderful people of Manchester wish to have a peek – then i’m here at www.facebook.com/locksmithmanchester0161co
Please feel free – to ‘like’ or ‘share’ or do whatever else you’re meant to do on it! I’m clearly a FB gimp!
Anyone For Tennis? A Sad Sigh From The Locksmith Of Manchester!
It’s nearly upon us….those special two weeks where the people of Manchester spend pennies on punnets of strawberries and tubs of chantilly cream! Some of don’t really pay much attention in the first week of Wimbledon (other i’m sure are glued to the screen daily) and then the countdown begins to that all important Wimbledon final weekend!
Spare a thought for this Locksmith Manchester – racing across every possible Manchester postcode (and further) to open doors for the Mancunian folk! Spare another thought whilst you’re busy sunning yourself in the garden and this Locksmith Manchester is securing and fixing doors that those naughty burglars – and sometimes drunken students have broken through. To be fair to the students – they just see kicking their own door in – as a cheaper alternative to calling a Locksmith in Manchester! Wrong!
Football Football Football….Euro 2016!
What a sporty few weeks we have planned – football, tennis, the Olympics! Brilliant!
Whilst all of these fun activities are being played out across the globe – don’t forget to kepp an eye on your security. I am having many calls at the moment for people’s bags and coats being stolen. Sat outside local bars on Deansgate, or in the Northern Quarter, get up to get another drink, or pop the loo – and boom, they pounce on your belongings – and steal your keys! Stay vigilant!
Is That The Sun Shining Down On The Locksmith In Manchester??
So it’s true – summer is here again, the mercury set on fire at 25 degrees the other day, my van that has no air conditioning became hotter than a Kardashian backside on the front page of Vogue! I ended up with terrible sweat patches, after being assured that black was the colour to keep you cool – and a weave that looked like i’d been dragged through a hedge backwards….ANYWAY, enough about my female locksmith dilemma!
I’m here to offer advice, as I sit in my house writing this mini blog I notice that I have the lounge window wide open, the conservatory dooors pinned back, the kitchen door open and the front door unlocked. The norm I hear you cry – NO! We need to be vigilant – it takes a buglar seconds to open your door, reach in and grab your car keys, start your prize motor and drive off into the sunset…don’t be that victim!
Few pointers– if you have a uPVC door – install a front door sash jammer, then even if the door isn’t locked – you can pull it down behind you and you’re safe! Also, don’t leave your keys on show – i’m always seeing tweets from Greater Manchester Police about cars being stolen off tables by front doors, or key hangers on the inside of the door. Move those keys – hide them!
Finally – if you are going to leave everything wide open, get a door alarm detectory – a nifty piece of kit that makes a noise when the door is opened, annoying if you have kids in and out all of the time, but handy if you want to keep your posessions safe!
For any more advice, or indeed a geeky chat about the services – the Locksmith in Manchester can offer, feel free to call me!
For any of our very very Northern friends that would like some advice across Scotland – chat to my friend Danny who is the best emergency locksmith Edinburgh i know!
REVIEWS! REVIEWS! Fake Reviews…and FAKE LOCKSMITHS!
So – you type in ‘Manchester Locksmith’ – have a scroll down the Google page and see a couple of websites with many many many 5 star reviews….brilliant you think, I’ll pick the company with the most reviews and stars! Simple? No…
The issue of FAKE reviews has been a pain in my backside for years. People writing their own reviews, setting up an email account and loading lots of brilliant things about themselves to make themsleves look good. So bad…
My Review Page has been set up to link directly with my Google+ page – so simply what you see if what you get. I’m no faceless company that hides behind FAKE local 0161 numbers, when you call my number you speak to me..Fran, the cheapest locksmith in Manchester!And when you look at my Review Page you see 100% genuine reviews from my Manchester customers…if you don’t believe me, add them to your Google+ circle and send them a message! Ask them the questions….
The other issue that seems to be rife across Manchester at the moment – is the issue with locksmiths claiming to be fully trained – coming out and using a hole cutter to drill open mortice locks – or breaking uPVC door handles off to open euro cylinders!!!
If you want a reputable Locksmith in Manchester, check the reviews, check the names on the reviews, are they English names – or a mixture of foreign names because that locksmith has bought reviews from another country? Is the locksmith arriving the person you spoke to, are they a local Locksmith in Manchester or are they based somewhere else in the UK, and subcontracting the work out – thus charging you double? Are they CRB checked – who are you letting in your home??
If you want an HONEST, CRB CHECKED, CHEAP, REPUTABLE, FULLY TRAINED Locksmith in Manchester then look no further….call me. Fran!
Storm Gertrude – Storm Jonas – Storm MANCHESTER LOCKSMITH!
Okay, here we are – fast approaching February 2016, the daffodils are popping through – i saw some the other day on a lock out in Salford! I swear down….! I’d actually question if they’ve been anywhere – it’s been sooo warm!
So anyway, we’re heading towards Spring 2016, probably end up having one of the warmest years since records began – and with this we bring the exciting prospects of people moving house! In fact, we seem to all want to move house in the Spring and Summer – so the advice I can offer here as the female Manchester Locksmith is check your insurance documents!
I have been to far too many properties throughout the month of January and found that the security people have on their windows and doors doesn’t come close to being Insurance graded – not one BS3621 lock for this Locksmiths in Manchester to see!
Phone me up – I can pretty much tell you over the phone if you’re insurance policy is valid or not! Look for the kitemark – look at your locks!
It’s free advice – it’s available – get in touch!
Happy New Year From The Locksmiths Manchester Company!! Hip Hip Hoooooray!
So – it’s here…Dry January…bank accounts into the red – and the students of Manchester moving back into their accommodation.
So far it’s been crazy with students ‘Googling’ like crazy – and all for the same thing…’LOCKSMITH MANCHESTER’ or ‘CHEAP MANCHESTER LOCKSMITHS’ or ‘MANCHESTERS CHEAPEST LOCKSMITHS’…….i’m here!!! Most students are asking for the same thing, a lock fitted to their door so their student mates don’t climb into bed with them, steal their perfume, nick their laptop lead and various other student issues that seem to arise.
So – students of Manchester….i’m prepared. I’m offering a full lock install (and it has to be a fire regulation compliant lock – normally a yale or a thumb thurn with deadcase) for £90!!!! What this means in real money is that if you currently have no lock on the door at all – and want to keep your naughty mates out – call me and i can install the entire thing from scratch including parts and labour!
£90 is a bargain! Normally you’d be looking the best part of £135 and the need to call the Royal Bank of Mum & Dad!
Book soon….only running this little bad boy offer until January 31st!
Brrrrr….There Is A Chill In The Air….Wrap Up Warm With The Locksmith Manchester (not literally – i’m married!)
Well after the warmest October for a long time, and the need to turn the heating back off, and put the snuggle blanket back….the 1st November hit – and BOOM, we’re into a noticeable cold snap.
And so this Monday morning (2nd Nov) the phone calls started – ‘I can’t open my front uPVC door’ – ‘the handle is just spinning’ – ‘the key won’t turn in the barrel’ – ‘the handle is doing a complete 360!’……all text book stuff unfortuntely, and why?
Simply put – the plastic uPVC contracts when it gets cold, and expands when it warms up thus moving the door in and out of line, once the doors come out of perfect alignment, everytime you lift the handles up to lock the door you’re effectively pulling the entire door back into alignment in order to lock it.
Do this a few times over a couple of weeks – and POP – the mechanism breaks and the door is either stuck locked, or stuck open! From there it’s time to call ‘Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Company’ and pay to replace the broken mechanism…
Or…….NOT! If you feel the door is getting more difficult to lock – then make the call early! Call Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Company and get Fran round! The door can be simply realigned and you’re back to a perfect locking door again. It’s cheaper, it’s quicker, it’s less hassle – it’s a NO BRAINER!
The August Holidays! Kids Off…Things Break….boooooooooo!
So that time is upon us again – the little munchkins come skipping out of school, shirts signed, paint on face,trousers ripped – and it’s that familiar time of year that all parents are faced with…THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS! So, we have the unenviable task of keeping the little blighters entertained, paying for numerous cinema visits – funding the costs of ‘lunch time hang-outs’, paying 3 times the cost of a normal holiday because it sits in silly season!
Fear not – if you are one of the unfortunate parents that has to deal with all of the above, alongside, grounding the kids for staying out late, paying for their mobile phone bill as it’s gone WAY over the minutes allowance – and the various other trials and tribulations, here at the Manchester Locksmith Company we are offering a 15% discount off our normal locksmith charges. It may not amount to much because our prices are rock bottom anyway – but hey, a few quid in your pocket is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!
When you call – ask me..Fran for the August discount! Ask me, Ask me, Ask me!!
Suns Out – Guns Out With The Manchester Locksmiths
So – summer should finally be upon us! The sun creeps through the window early each morning, you can’t help but smile as you realise we’re in for another glorious day across the beautiful City of Manchester. But then this is where things can get busy for a Locksmith in Manchester! we seem to forget that having the back door open to let in the fresh air, and then popping out to water the plants on the front garden, forgetting to put the Yale lock on the snib…next thing…bang!! the front door closes on you. this is the most common summer job we get at the Manchester Locksmith Company. Just be a little more vigilant when the doors and windows are open for the summer. Burglars love to hop in through open windows!
Wind Wind Blow Away – With Fran at Manchester Locksmiths!
Here at Manchester Locksmiths we can pretty much guarantee the moment the weather changes and the winds start to pick up we get inundated with calls from people locked outside of their house because the wind blew the door shut. In someways it can be amusing – that we can be governed by the weather so easily, but in other ways it’s not very amusing for the people stood on their doorstep!
A couple of simple preventative measures should mean that if the worst did happen – you’re not going to end up with a locksmith bill for simply popping the bins out on bin day! Whilst you’re pottering around the house on a windy day – leave a window on the downstairs open slightly – this will mean you could simply climb back through if the door closed. Or – a better option – leave a key with a neighbour, if they’re in and you lock yourself out – hey presto! Finally invest in a doorstop! We have a British Bulldog doorstop in our house – and if its a particularly windy day we keep him by the front door to wedge it open!
It’s all about thinking ahead says Fran at Manchester Locksmiths – otherwise you could be that person making the locksmith call on that windy day!
Danger Danger – ‘Remove Your Keys’ Says Fran at Locksmith Manchester Co
A lot of people do not know that a UPVC door – or door that has a euro or oval cylinder in it should never have a set of keys left in the back. If you do a couple of things could go wrong – firstly if somebody comes with another key and tries to unlock the door from the other side inevitably you will break the barrel. This is because the lock barrel does not understand how when one side is engaged the other side trying to engage at the same time. This is too advanced for a cylinder and breaks it .So if you have somebody else in your household that also has a key to the door or maybe children or partners – make everybody aware that once you unlock the door you need to take your keys out! This morning I attended as a Locksmith Manchester to a property in Didsbury for a lady who had exactly this problem. She had unlocked the door knowing her son was coming home. He arrived and tried to unlock the already unlocked door, and ending up locking it again and actually snapping is key in the barrel. So we ended up changing the barrel for the lady and all was okay again however it was an expensive lesson to learn.
So remember if you leave a key in the back of a lock you risk a the barrel breaking or your key snapping in the lock. Remove your keys and hang them somewhere out of sight.
Working 9-5 With Locksmith Manchester – 0161
We need to bare mind that your average burglar doesn’t go to work nine till five and then burgle your house of an evening. The average burglar probably has never worked a day in their life and therefore is quite happy to sit and wait – watch you go about your daily life. Therefore they are quite happy to sit and figure out your daily routine which might be taking the kids to school and popping to the gym. And then the moment your back is turned – the upstairs window is left slightly ajar or they watch you pop the key under the mat…. They let themselves in and ransack your house. This unfortunately is very common – something we see here at the Locksmith Manchester Company. We need to be vigilant against these kind of low life…….
Special Offers For January At Locksmith Manchester
Here at Locksmith January Company we know only too well how tight the purse strings can get after Christmas! We also know that there is never a good time to need the services of any tradesman – especially when the bank balance is past zero – and you’re on a 5 week month for pay day! Talk about January blues!
Well to soften the blow here Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Company – should you need to call out a locksmith in Manchester we are offering a Special discount of 20% off our labour charge! That’s insanely cheap – considering we are already the cheapest locksmith in Manchester. Give Fran a call – explain your dilemma and we’ll give you the discounted cheapest locksmith Manchester price!
Festive Advice With Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Company
Christmas Time – Mistletoe and Wine! Christmas is definitely an exciting time for most people – with presents a plenty, wine free flowing, food to die for – what more could you ask for? However, amongst all the fun and frivolity we still need to be security aware! It’s easy to be a little bit dopey – forget to lock the door, leave a key under the mat for the neighbour to let the dog out laughs Fran at Locksmiths Manchester – 0161, and before you know it..boom! You return home from a night out and the house has been ransacked. We just need to keep our wits about us says Fran at Locksmiths Manchester – 0161. Unfortunately the undesirables capitalise on times like this – and that’s when we inadvertently let our guard down – and they take advantage! Remember – keep your doors locked – at all times. If you’re having problems – don’t wait until it’s too late – call Locksmith Manchester-0161 and get the problem sorted.
Criminals will be looking through the window, under the tree – looking for expensive and inexpensive gifts they can make off with. Make sure you keep all windows locked – and make sure the car is locked on the driveway. If you’re going to load the kids Christmas presents into the house – at least reverse the car towards the front of the house so they can’t help themselves whilst you’re not looking!
Moving House With Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Company
Are you moving home or – moved house in Manchester? Have you spoken to the previous owners/tenants to see who has a set of keys? The Locksmith Manchester – 0161 company would say swapping your locks on the day you move house would be s a smart move. It’s nowhere near the price it used to be says Locksmith Manchester – 0161. I have ended up changing locks on properties too late unfortunately. Closing the gate after the horse has bolted! Just be safe – not sorry. Call Locksmith Manchester – 0161 for a free quick quote before you discount the idea.
Also what is your current security like? Do you have a security light that illuminates the front door step if someone were stood there?
Where did previous occupants leave the keys for the house- were they somewhere visible – is it worth moving where they are kept in case somebody knows a little trick or two?
We shouldn’t have to secure our homes against burglars– but unfortunately we’re in an time where people think they can help themselves to what is ours!
Advice From Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Company
With the help of Locksmith Manchester you should be able to successfully upgrade your current security. Too many people fail to check the security levels and think that that current security is at insurance requirement. Did you know if you’ll lock is not BS 3621 and you were unfortunate enough to be burgled your insurance company might not payout.
Imagine you had a £20,000 car on the driveway that was stolen and you could not recoup the money? A quick telephone call to the Locksmith Manchester should be able to confirm whether you are insurance compliant or not. And if you’re not it’s a relatively quick and simple job to either change your current clock or indeed install a brand-new one from scratch. Also says the owner of Locksmith Manchester – 0161, ‘would you not want the best security to protect your family and your worldly possessions?’
Locksmith Manchester recommends on all wooden doors a BS3621 mortise deadlock or sash lock. And on all UPVC doors Locksmith Manchester recommends again BS3621 anti-snap, anti Bump, euro cylinder. A simple telephone call is all it would take to the Locksmith Manchester for ask for a quote or confirmation on what you currently have.
Nutribullet vs Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Company to Attend!!
We read all too often in the news about the importance of eating our greens. About maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not drinking too much and exercising regularly. Did you know your doors also require important maintenance? An example thanks to the Locksmith Manchester we can talk about is regarding UPVC doors maintenance. When you lift the handle on your UPVC door says the owner of Locksmith Manchester, the metal rods that run at the back of your mechanism engage and push various locking mechanisms out of the door and into the frame.
As I’m sure you’re aware moisture can get into the door and when it reacts with metal it can cause rust. All you need to do says the owner of Locksmith Manchester -0161 is a oil your mechanism regularly – just a little squirt of oil in each of the working the mechanism sections you can see, will give your mechanism years! Is also the same when it comes to Yale locks on wooden doors and mortise locks on wooden doors, when you turn the key in a mortise lock it lifts up levers and pushes the bolts out. Again moisture can get into the mortise lock case says the owner of Locksmith Manchester -0161 Company and can create rust, so again a little squirt into the working parts that you can see will mean your mortise lock could possibly outlive you! The same applies to Yale locks just squirts in where the key goes and watch it live forever. So whilst it’s not the same as eating five portions of fruit and veg a day as a Locksmith Manchester, imagine you’re locking mechanisms having the same enjoyment from a few squirts of oil!
What Payment Options Does The Locksmith Manchester – 0161 Company Have?
We get asked on many occasions how possible to pay when you’re in the unfortunate circumstances and need a locksmith Manchester. We have been in the marketplace for nearly 10 years as a locksmith Manchester, so recognise that people don’t always when they locked themselves out carry their purse, their wallet, a few notes in their back pockets or have access to Internet banking. we accept many forms of payment options here at Locksmith Manchester -0161 Company, and we operate in considerate manner. ask Fran today for the options available to you!
Locksmith Manchester – Are you Thee James Bond? Erm…No.
To be honest with you – the actual concept of slipping a lock with a credit card is not too far fetched – but, as a Locksmith in Manchester we don’t whip our HSBC credit card out to let you into your front door – but we do have a piece of kit that is a little like a giant credit card! This is how we gain non destructive entry wherever possible. we simply over ride the latch facility on your yale lock and Bob’s your uncle – you’re through the door!
The only down side to consider – is that I have head a few students in Manchester saying they’ve managed to slip their own locks with various bits and bobs- so to be sure – if you have two locks on the door make sure they’re both locked – just in case a James Bond wannabee happens to be lurking around the corner!
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