Whether you lost your keys, or just left them in the house before you locked the door, getting locked out of your house can be a frustrating experience and scary if you have children with you. If you have not taken any measures to make sure that you have a secondary key available to you, it is important to remember to keep a cool head so that you do not end up hurting yourself or damaging your property by trying to find ways to break into your own home.
Check any windows that you can climb through safely to see if they are unlocked, and remember to check your back door. If it is all locked up tight, you should not try to force your way in. Although forcing your way in might seem like a viable option in the heat of the moment, a broken window, door jam, or door is an unnecessary expense.
Although it may be a bit of an embarrassment, if you have a spouse or roommate that has another key, do not be afraid to call them and tell them about your situation. If they are able to bring you their key, then you will save yourself a lot of frustration. If they cannot get to you right away, find something to do, like reading a book or listening to the radio in your car, that will take your mind off of the locked door until they are able to help.
If you live alone, a good precautionary step to take is to ask a trusted neighbor to hold a spare key for you. That way, if you lock yourself out of your house, you can just walk next door and ask for your spare key. If you do not have a neighbor that you know well enough to trust with a spare key, talk to a friend or family member. This is not as convenient as just walking to your neighbor’s house, but it is still better than trying to break into your house, and it should not cost you anything.
If you have no one close by that you feel like you could trust with your key, a last measure might be a good hiding place. Put a backup key somewhere near your door, where you are sure that people would never look. This is not the best option because it does leave your home more vulnerable to a break in, if someone was to find the key. Also, if you ever have to use your hidden key, you should definitely find a new hiding place for it. Under your welcome mat is not a good hiding place!
If your home is locked up so that you cannot get in, and you do not have a spare key out there that you can get to, the best option is to call a locksmith. These professionals can get you into your home, without damaging it and without you risking injury to yourself. If you decide to call a locksmith, make sure to call as many as you can, so that you can find one that will do the work within your budget. It may also be a good idea to ask your friends and neighbors who they might have used. This is a good way to find a locksmith that you can trust.
Although there are ways to deal with being locked out of the house, having safe and secure backup keys can save stress, time, and money.
Byline: Aaron Gormley knows how scary it can be to get locked out of the house, especially when you have kids, which is why he always makes sure to know a good locksmith.