The Top 6 Things to Do When You’re Locked out of Your House
Let’s face it; every now and then we might do something silly and end up locked out of our home. Perhaps you left your keys inside or maybe you left your wallet somewhere on a night out in Nottingham. You may have even lost your keys on your way home, snapped your key in the lock or perhaps your bag was stolen and you’re still waiting for the police to catch the culprit.
Whatever the reason may be, we’ve put together a list of 6 things you could do if you’re brave when you’re locked out of your home, plus 6 things a locksmith actually recommends!
- Remember if you put a spare somewhere
Some people like to prepare for this type of situation by keeping a spare key under a plant pot, in a bush or even in a key box somewhere. Try and remember if you or your landlord has placed a spare key somewhere and check that location first. We obviously don’t recommend that you put a key out in the open somewhere (even under a plant pot or mat) but it could help you get back into your house if you did this in the past.
- Call a friend or neighbour
People often hand spare keys to friends, family members or even neighbours in the event of an emergency like this. Your landlord may also have a spare key if you’re renting a place, so simply contact them to let you back in your home. Just remember to create another spare key later!
- Can you get in through a window?
Walk around your home to see if you can open a window to get back in. Just make sure you’re careful that you don’t break anything or hurt yourself when climbing in. You should never leave a door or window open, but it could be a helpful way to get back in if you’ve accidentally locked yourself out.
- Use some crazy tools
Be it a coat hanger, a screwdriver, a butter knife or even a credit card, you can use a bunch of different tools to open your front door, but it really depends on the type of lock and the knowledge you have. You may want to do a little search on YouTube and practice a few times to make sure that if you are locked out, you have a way to get back in.
- Visit the neighbours
Your neighbours might have the tools or knowledge you need to open a locked door, and they’ll probably have some advice such as the landlord’s phone number, the local locksmith contact details or even your spare keys!
- Break into your home
You might look like you’re committing a burglary and you might need to fix your door afterwards, but it’s one way of getting back into your home if it’s an emergency. For instance, maybe your child has an emergency or perhaps there’s a fire in your kitchen! If you have to take this last resort, then damage to your property is probably the last thing on your mind!
How to really prepare for being locked out of your Nottingham home and what to do if it actually happens
It’s not exactly unheard of to be locked outside of your home, sometimes locks just fail, or you leave the keys inside. We’ve worked with Locksmith Nottingham to create the ultimate 6 tips on how you can ensure that it either never happens to you, or you can deal with it easily if it does: –
- Have a security process ready, such as giving your keys to a neighbour, friend or family member to hold on to in case you need it in an emergency.
- Keep a spare key in your car. Many people keep their car keys separate, so if you’ve lost your home keys you might still be able to get in if you leave a spare pair of keys in your car.
- Make sure your locks aren’t old and tired and that you have more than one key for each lock. A locksmith can cut keys cheaply and upgrade your locks to anti-snap versions relatively easily.
- Place your key in a secure store box somewhere accessible, there are versions that can be fixed to the outside wall. It’s probably no use if you’ve lost all of your keys, but you could have a digital store box that’s opened with a keypad, or your phone, which contains a spare key and some other emergency essentials. This is also very useful if you don’t want to create extra spares for friends and family members.
- Consider upgrading your door to a smart lock so that you can open your door with a device such as a phone or tablet in addition to your keys. You could even add a digital keypad instead of using a standard lock.
- Keep the local locksmith’s number handy. Locksmiths will be able to help you get back into your home for a small fee and will even help you create a spare key for future use. You can also ask the locksmith to replace the locks as a security precaution against someone finding your key and breaking into your home.
You can contact Locksmith Nottingham on 0115 8246828 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any emergency work, or book an emergency locksmith call out online.