Would you know what to do if you lost the keys to your property? That happens to thousands of people every single year. It could mean you can’t gain access at the most critical of times. We’ve created a step by step guide that should help you to rectify the situation in less than one hour.
That should mean you don’t have to stand outside in the cold too long.
Best of all? The advice we’re about to relay works at any time of the day or night. Some people might have been worried about getting in after a session drinking at the pub.
There is no need for concern. We’ll show you how to do it without breaking anything or spending a fortune.
Look for spares you’ve hidden outside
Lots of people hide spare keys outside so they can gain access if they lose their other set. Think back to see if you can remember doing that in the past. If you think you’ve hidden some keys in the garden, try to imagine where you might have put them. Most people keep them under plant pots to ensure they are out of sight. Presuming you did that, you can now get inside without too much hassle.
Check for open windows
It is possible that you might have left a window open when you left the property. You should now look at each of them to see if you can get inside. Use some basic DIY tools to lift the locking mechanism if your windows are ajar. You might need to borrow some ladders from your neighbors. Just check the time before you knock on their door. The last thing you want is to annoy everyone on your street by waking them up at midnight.
Try to shoulder the front door
Presuming your front door uses a Yale lock, you can probably get inside with some brute force. Those locks are pretty terrible for keeping your home secure. In most instances, applying some pressure with your shoulder will bend the bracket. You can then get inside and knock the bracket back into position using a hammer. If you managed to get in using that technique, you wouldn’t cause any damage.
Call the professionals
Sometimes none of those ideas is going to work. Those of you who still can’t get into your homes will need professional assistance. You can check online or in local listings for an emergency locksmith. With a bit of luck, they will come to your property quickly and open the door. Just bear in mind that you will have to pay a callout fee. Prices vary depending on which service you use. It’s always a good idea to ask how much the job will cost before letting the professional start work.
None of you should find yourselves stuck outside for too long now you’ve read that advice. Make sure you don’t resort to breaking windows or doors until you have no other option. Presuming you can’t find a suitable locksmith, you might have to resort to more drastic measures. Those of you who do have to break windows should always borrow some towels from your neighbors. That way, you can limit the chances of receiving an injury.
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