What To Do When You Get Locked Out Of Your Home
Getting locked out of your own home is the worst. When this happens, you can feel absolutely powerless and unsure of what to do. Fortunately, however, there are actually a great many things that you can try if you do find yourself locked out...and to prevent this kind of thing from happening in the first place.
An Ounce of Prevention...
First things first, you obviously want to prevent yourself from ever getting locked out of your home in the first place. This means trying to always be conscious of where your keys are and of whether the door is locked when you close it or not. Of course, no matter how vigilant you are, accidents do happen.
As such, you want to try your best to be prepared for these kinds of accidents. Try and hide a spare key somewhere safe if you can and only if you feel confident no one will find it and/or you don't live in a very dangerous neighborhood. Also, consider leaving a key with a neighbor or friend through whom you can easily access it. Taking these kinds of measures ahead of time can really end up saving you if you find yourself in a jam.
Try the Credit Card Trick
If it's too late to try the above measures (i.e. you're already locked out) or if you can't, for whatever reason, make use of your backup plan, you can always try the old credit card trick.
Using a credit card or a similar weighted card,such as your driver's license, try wiggling the card between the place where the lock meets the door. Sometimes, this is enough to open up the door.
If you can't get it to work, don't force it; you don't want to end up damaging your lock and having to replace it! Also, as a head's up, if this method does work for you, you may want to think about upgrading to more secure locks because if you can break in so easily, so can a thief!
If you're lucky enough to have your cell phone with you when you get locked out, think about anyone and everyone who might have a key to your place and then call these people to see if anyone can help. Even if it means dialing up your ex or bothering your roommates at work, it's worth it if you can get back in.
And, if all else fails, remember that you can always call a professional locksmith who provides emergency lockout services to get you back into your home easily, quickly, and with no stress!