There’s nothing quite as frustrating as being locked out of your own home. Whether you’ve lost your keys or forgotten them, being stranded outside can be a serious problem, especially if you live alone or have small children locked inside. However, there are a few things you can do to get back inside. Below are some steps to try if you find yourself locked out with no way to get back in.
Check for a Spare Key
This step is only applicable if you have a spare key hidden away, or did it at one time. There’s also the chance someone might have taken it to use for later, or you already used it and forgot to put it back afterward. Check in any hiding places you may have used, under mats, potted plants, light fixtures, or anywhere else you can think of that would be a good spot. If you can’t find your spare key but gave one to the neighbor for emergencies, now would be a good time to use it. Failing that, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Look for an Opening
One of the first steps you can try is to check all the doors and windows. It may seem like an obvious solution, but sometimes we forget to check the obvious places. Before you start trying to pick the lock or call a locksmith, make sure that all the doors and windows are actually locked. You may be surprised that one is still open, especially if you opened one earlier to let fresh air inside.
Call a Locksmith
If you can’t find a spare key and all the doors and windows are locked, your only option is to call a locksmith. A professional locksmith will have the tools and expertise necessary to safely and quickly gain entry to your home. In addition, they can also provide you with a new set of keys if needed. With their help, you can quickly get back into your home and get on with your day.
Break Into Your Own Home
As a last resort, you may need to break into your own home. This should only be done if you’ve exhausted all other options, such as calling a locksmith, checking for open doors and windows, or checking for a spare key. You also have to be comfortable with the potential consequences, such as the damage done to your home and the potential of setting off home security alarms or neighbors calling the cops thinking you’re being robbed. If you decide to go this route, be sure to choose a window or door that is not visible from the street so that you don’t attract attention from passersby, and try to limit the damage to as small of an area as possible, both so there’s less to clean up and repair later and to help maintain the security of your home.
Being locked out of your house can be a frustrating experience, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. There are plenty of things you can do to get back inside, from finding a spare key to breaking in through a window (if absolutely necessary). Just remember to stay calm and take things one step at a time until you’re safely back inside.
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