Click. Slam. And then that sinking feeling when you realize that you're locked out of your house. Before you attempt to break in, take a deep breath and remember what to do when locked out of your house.
Accidents happen to everyone. Once you've finished sighing or saying bad words, take a survey of the situation. The right first step can get you back into your home with minimal frustration.
Does anyone else have a key to the house? If you're locked out of the house, simply give them a call to let you back in. If you don't have your phone with you, consider going to your local library to use a computer to contact your roommates over social media, or ask a neighbor to use their phone.
Make a list of anyone who might have a spare key. It may be hard to contact people if your phone is locked in the house, too, so consider memorizing a few key numbers, just in case.
Did you leave a back door unlocked? Maybe there's an open window that you can climb through to enter your home.
Some doors and windows can be unlocked from the outside, but take care not to break glass or hurt yourself. You might be able to pop the lock on a door that isn't secured with a deadbolt. However, if you're able to pop your lock to get in, change it as soon as possible – if you can get in, so can criminals.
You can't get a hold of your roommate and you're a cautious person that secures all windows and doors. Or, you live in an apartment that isn't at the ground floor level, and your Spiderman skills aren't up to scaling the exterior wall. Here are a few more suggestions about what to do when you're locked out of the house.
If you're a renter, then your landlord should have an extra key to your home. Give them a call and explain the situation.
Many companies are available for emergencies around the clock and can get you taken care of right away.
Prevention can save you a world of frustration, and there are a few strategies to keep you from getting locked out of your house.
Get to know your neighbors and arrange to leave an emergency key in their safekeeping. If you trust each other, you can keep a key for them in return. Make sure to establish boundaries for its use, such as only giving the key to you and ensuring that they won't enter your home without permission.
Keyless entry can prevent you from being locked out of your home entirely. Smart home systems, including a keypad at the storm and front doors, can eliminate the need for a physical key. Keyless entry systems can be reprogrammed, too, so if you give the code to a neighbor to water plants or feed your fish when you're out of town, you can always change it when you return home.
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