- Should you find yourself locked out, the worst thing you can do is shy away from help.
- The next worst thing is panicking.
- You should keep your cool and exploit all options that can get you in the house.
The frustration caused by being unable to get into your home is second to none. If a child is awaiting your arrival, the exasperation escalates even further.
Should you find yourself locked out, the worst thing you can do is shy away from help. The next worst thing is panicking. You should keep your cool and exploit all options that can get you in the house. Here are some options that might help.
How to Get in A House After Locking Yourself Out
Regaining entry into your house may turn out to be quite simple. However, meek options may fail, and you may have to call a locksmith. Explore these choices before doing so.
Look for any open windows
If you left your house in a hurry or at a time when it was warm, there is a chance that one of your windows is open. If the window is too high, you might have to get a ladder first. You are not only limited to windows—scan for open doors, including your garage.
If you live in an apartment, this option may not be available for you. But don’t freak out just yet, it’s time for option two.
Call a close friend, spouse or family member
Without an open window, you might not have another option but broadcast your problem to loved ones. If you have a spouse, there is a good chance they have a spare key that can save the day.
People without spouses may feel uncomfortable asking friends for help. However, calling a colleague or close family member may be the solution you need. You can borrow a neighbor’s phone if yours is unavailable.
If this option isn’t working for you, it’s time to widen the circle of help.
Get in touch with the landlord or concierge
Should you be residing in a rented house, the landlord may retain a spare key to your home. Call her/him and request for help. Of course, there is a chance that the landlord is out of town. In such a case, you may have to proceed to the next option.
If you reside in an apartment, get in touch with the caretaker. This option is almost always a guarantee that you will get back inside your house. It is a common practice for concierges to retain a spare key for every apartment.
However, if you live in a house you own, landlords and caretakers may not be an option for you. You would have to take the next step, which is a little aggressive.
Pick the lock
If by chance, you know how to pick a lock, your woes would end here. All you would need are two paper clips or Bobby pins. Similarly, a plastic card can serve the purpose of picking a lock. Without some picking-a-lock know-how, you may have to improvise further.
If your door has no deadbolt engaged, it may be your lucky day. All you have to do is remove the knob, and you should be back in your house. You may have to borrow screwdrivers from neighbors to accomplish this task.
A successful lockpicking is a double-edged sword. It gets you in and shows you how easy it is to break into your home. If you manage to break in, have a professional locksmith come over and tighten the security.
At times, all the above may not work for you. At such a time, you have come to the end of your rope. There is only one thing left to do.
Call a locksmith
While this is a last resort, it is a sure way to get you back into your home. However, you may have to part with approximately $100 to get professional locksmith’s help.
How To Prevent The Next Lockout
Remember to keep a spare key in your yard or with a trusted neighbor to avoid the obstructions caused by a lockout. Alternatively, you can use modern, keyless doors that rule out a potential lockout.