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What To Do When Locked Out Of Your House

We've all been there before. You think you have your key, but when you go to use it, it's not there.

You search your pockets, purse, backpack, and anywhere else it could be, but it's just gone. Now you're stuck outside and locked out.

Don't worry, this comprehensive guide will teach you everything you need to know about what to do when you're locked out, how to get back in, and what to do to prevent it from happening again.

Keep reading to find out more.

1. Look For Unlocked Windows or Doors

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The easiest solution is to look for an unlocked window or door. Start by checking any ground-level windows, as these are usually the easiest to access. If all the windows are locked, see if there's an unlocked door leading to the garage or basement. Even consider squeezing through a dog door.

Once you're inside, you should be able to find a way to get into the main part of the house. With a little luck, you'll be able to quickly and easily get back into your home without having to call a locksmith.

Don't resort to destructive means of entry. For one thing, forcibly opening a window or door can damage the property. Additionally, if someone sees you trying to break in, they may assume you're a burglar and call the police. If possible, it's always best to try the other options on this list before resorting to breaking and entering.

When trying to find a way into your own home, be conscious of the fact that if it is easy for you to get in without a key, it's also easy for unwarranted guests to get in too.

2. Ask For Help

If all the doors and windows are locked, your next best option is to ask for help from a friend or family member who has a spare key.

If you don't have anyone nearby that you can call and you are renting the property, your landlord should be able to let you back in.

3. Pick the Locks

picking your front door lock

If you have a couple of bobby pins, paperclips, or lock picking tools on hand, you can try picking the lock. This may seem like a daunting task, but it is surprisingly easy to do with a little practice.

If you would like to give lock picking a try, I've already got three comprehensive beginner guides that will hold your hand and walk you through the process step-by-step. Those three guides are:

  1. The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Lock Picking
  2. How to Pick a Lock with a Bobby Pin
  3. How to Pick a Lock with Paperclips

Picking a lock may seem like a skill reserved for criminals (which it isn't), but it is actually quite simple and can come in handy in a pinch.

If you are renting the property, you do not own the door lock and should not pick it. Lock picking may be a gentle craft, but locks can be fragile and could break during the picking process—adding yet another charge for the locksmith! You should only ever pick locks that you own or have direct permission from the owner to pick. If you're renting and want to give lock picking a try, call your landlord first.

4. Use a Credit Card

If your door doesn't have a deadbolt, you may be able to jimmy the door open using a credit card.

Credit cards are designed to be durable, so they can withstand being inserted into a tight space like door frames. Just be careful not to damage the card as you insert it, or you may end up having to call a credit card company as well as a locksmith.

It's a simple process: insert the card into the space between the door and the frame and apply pressure until the door pops open.

I've got a complete guide on how to use a credit card to open a door lock that dives further into this process.

5. Break In

Kicking in a Doors - Destructive Entry

Whether you've lost your keys or simply forgotten them, it can be tempting to try and break in. However, this is not always the best course of action.

Depending on the type of door you have, breaking in could severely damage it and your door frame, making it more difficult and expensive to repair.

But if it is an emergency and time is not on your side, kicking in a door may be necessary. The best method of kicking in a door is to kick hard and below the doorknob.

If you live in a rented property, your landlord may not be happy about you damaging the door. In some cases, they may even evict you from the property. If you find yourself locked out of your home, it's important to weigh all of your options before taking any drastic measures.

6. Use a Screwdriver or Knife

Another option to get back into your home is to use a knife or a flathead screwdriver to pry open the plate that covers the lock. Be careful not to damage the lock itself.

Once the cover is off, you should be able to see the mechanism that locks and unlocks the door. Use a screwdriver or a knife to turn the mechanism and open the door. Once you take apart the doorknob, put it back together right away to prevent any unwanted guests from entering your home.

Additionally, if your hinges are on the exterior of your door, you can use the screwdriver to knock the hinge bolts out and remove the door.

There are a ton of other ways that you can use a knife or screwdriver to open a locked door. If you have either of these tools, consider checking out my comprehensive guides on each.

7. Call a Locksmith

how much is a locksmith

A locksmith will be able to help you get back into your home quickly and safely. They will also be able to make sure that your home is secure before they leave and that your new keys or locks are functioning properly.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you call a locksmith. First, you will need to have your ID and proof of ownership of the property with you.

Second, you will need to be prepared to pay for their services. The cost of a locksmith can vary depending on the time of day and the level of service required, but it is generally worth it to have a professional help you get back into your home.

In addition, locksmiths can provide you with advice on avoiding being locked out in the future.

How to Prevent Getting Locked Out

There are a few things you can do to prevent yourself from getting locked out of your home. The most obvious solution is always to remember to bring your keys with you.

But none of us are perfect, so here are three ways you can prevent getting locked out of your home.

1. Hide a Key

One great solution is to hide a spare key somewhere on your property. This way, if you happen to lose your keys, you will have a backup.

However, it is important to make sure that you hide the key in a safe place where it will not be found by someone who should not have access to your home.

2. Use a Keyless Lock

You can also invest in a keyless lock for your doors —such as electronic locks or smart locks.

An electronic lock is a locking device that uses electricity to unlock. These locks are often used in businesses and other places where security is important. They are becoming increasingly popular because they are more secure than traditional locks, and they can be opened with a key card or a PIN code.

Smart locks are connected to your smartphone and can be locked and unlocked with the touch of a button. This way, even if you forget your keys, you will still be able to get into your home.

3. Store a Spare Key With a Close Friend or Family

Finally, you can also give a copy of your key to a trusted friend or family member. This way, if you ever find yourself locked out, you will have someone who can help you get back into your

Wrapping It Up

Now that you know what to do when locked out of your house, it's important to weigh all of your options before taking any drastic measures.

If you have a spare key hidden somewhere on your property, try using that first. If that doesn't work, you can try prying the door open with a screwdriver or knife.

If all else fails, you can call a locksmith to help get you back into your home. Keep in mind that locksmiths can also provide you with advice on how to avoid getting locked out in the future.

By following these tips, you can hopefully prevent yourself from ever having to deal with being locked out again.

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