Losing house keys is a stressful situation that no homeowner wants to face, but unfortunately, it happens. If you can’t find your keys, stay calm. Here are some things you can do to get back in, even if you’ve lost the key to your house.
Try to Find Another Way to Get Inside Your House
The main goal when you’re locked outside your home is to get inside. However, you don’t always need your keys to do this.
Double-Check That No One is Inside
This is an obvious solution but one that can easily be missed. There have been many occasions when someone thought they were locked out, only to find out that their roommate or significant other was actually asleep inside.
To avoid this embarrassing situation:
- Double-check that no one is actually inside before you start trying to get in.
- Take a mental roll call of the people who could potentially be inside and consider where they are and if there is a chance they are inside. If this chance exists, reach out to them and make sure they aren’t there.
- In addition, make sure you knock on the door loud enough or ring the doorbell enough times so that anyone inside can hear you.
If you can reach anyone inside, you effectively don’t have a problem.
Use a Spare Key
If you have a spare key hidden on your property, you can use it to open a door. If a neighbor, family member, or friend has a spare key, go to that person’s house, call, or send a text and retrieve the key.
If you live in an apartment building or rent your home, there is a large chance that another copy of the key exists. Contact your landlord and ask them for help. If they have an extra key, they can provide you with it so you can retrieve yours. If they don’t have an extra key, they may be able to offer some more specific advice about your situation, as they likely have a deep understanding of the property.
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Look for An Opening
If a spare key isn’t available, you may be able to get into your house through a back or side door or a window. Survey the entire home for doors, windows, crawlspace entries, and anything else your home may have. It may seem comical, but even a doggie door can be a lifesaver in this situation.
Don’t just limit yourself to the first floor. If your home has upper floors, consider them as well. You may be able to borrow a small ladder from a friend or neighbor to access the upper floors. Just be careful when using a ladder and take proper safety measures.
Even if you think all entry points are locked, check anyway. You may be grateful to realize that a member of your family left a door or window unlocked.
Related: Top 3 Ways To Prevent Lockouts
Pick the Lock
Picking a lock is another option if you’ve lost the key to your house and can’t get inside. Picking the lock involves activating the lock itself without using a key. Instead, you can use tools to simulate the effect of using a key.
There are a few different ways to pick a lock. You can use professional tools to do so and follow a guide to using them. However, this method usually requires some understanding of locks at a minimum and may require some lockpicking skills on top of that. Plus, it isn’t really an option if you don’t already have access to professional tools.
Because of this, you are probably going to be better off trying to use common household items. Raking a bobby pin on the interior of the lock has a chance of setting the pins in place and, thus, unlocking it. You can accomplish a similar effect by inserting a butter knife into the lock and applying some tension. While these methods make opening the door a possibility, there is no guarantee they will work, as many locks take measures to prevent these methods from working.
Picking a lock may work, but it can be difficult and time-consuming, and there’s a good chance that you’ll damage the lock if you don’t have the right tools or don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t break a window or try to pry open a door. You’ll cause costly damage that you’ll have to pay to fix, and a neighbor or passerby may mistake you for a burglar and call the police.
Contact a Locksmith
If you’re locked out of your home, get in touch with a local locksmith. A professional can open a lock and get you back into your house without causing damage to your property.
You may need additional services from a locksmith. If you lost your keys and have no idea where they might be, someone else can find them. If your work ID badge or any other identifying marker is on the keyring, the person who finds your keys can come to your house, unlock a door, burglarize your home, and harm you or other members of your family.
To be on the safe side, have the locks changed or rekeyed. A locksmith can install new locks or change the configuration of the pins inside your existing locks so that the old keys no longer work. If your home doesn’t currently have high-security locks, this may be a good time to think about upgrading them.
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Get Inside Even If You’ve Lost The Key To Your House
All United Locksmith serves customers across Connecticut. We have locksmiths stationed all over the state so we can respond to emergencies quickly. If you lost the key to your house, we can help you get back into your house. If you’re concerned about your family’s safety and security, we can change or rekey the locks to give you peace of mind. Contact us if you get locked out of your house or if you need help with a routine issue.