Locked Up/Locked Out
Puerto Vallarta has an abundance of locksmiths and we don’t say that lightly. Many ferreterias (hardware stores) will make keys, if you can find someone to help, but your best bet is to find the local locksmith that your friends recommend. They are everywhere. The first time we went searching for a locksmith in Puerto Vallarta, we walked around our corner and almost lost our hat on a large low-hanging wooden key, painted bright red that was strung above the sidewalk. There was another one directly across the street! Brothers, we found out, who both had learned the trade from their father, who had his own little shop several streets over.
Since there is such a profusion of locksmiths, the competition is a little fierce. Speed seems to be the skill most widely performed in the process. Not always the best. We are a big fan of slow and methodical.
Where we come from north of the border, having keys made is not expensive, nor is it in Puerto Vallarta but we usually don’t take our keys to be made. We have a different method of operation when we need a new key. It is so cheap to have a locksmith come to your home, and the end product will be much more satisfactory. We have never paid more than $500 pesos for the most complicated procedure and house calls seem to run about $350. Compare.
When you take a key to be made on a cutting machine, a direct copy is made, notch by knick. Chances are you will get back home and find that it doesn’t work at all. The reason for this is simple: the key you handed off to be copied is most likely also a copy. You cannot keep making copies of copies. Originals can be hard to come by so we conquer that dilemma by starting out with a brand new lock and key. It’s the best solution.
In Puerto Vallarta, the locksmith’s job is not completed until the lock is secure and your key actually opens the lock. It’s an amazingly quick procedure. When buying property one of the first things one should do it change the lock, regardless of what country you’re in; there is no telling who has copies and it is such an easy fix!
Que cómo es es.
Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia (opinions expressed are his own)
Here are a few of our guiding principals at Boardwalk Realty:
“First of all, we really want to get to know you,” When we know you, we can tailor home tours to your tastes.”
Secondly, there’s the legal side of owning in Mexico. “Besides our own experience, we can save you a lot of time and money by offering you complimentary consultations with our partner attorneys. The nuances of how you buy here can save you a lot of money when you sell. It’s important to know what you’re doing on the purchase so that when you sell you can best use any tax advantages. This service is free to our clients and can be invaluable.”
Both partners agree that the most important element of Boardwalk Realty is our ongoing service and commitment to our clients after the sale. We are both passionate about protecting the investment and security of our clients. “Our clients become our friends, we see them socially, and we treat them as we would like to be treated ourselves”, adds Mike.
Boardwalk Realty Puerto Vallarta represents buyers and sellers of real estate in the entire Bay of Banderas area, and will soon add a rental and property management division.
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