The situation can occur at just about any time. Perhaps you just stepped outside the door to check on something or talk to a neighbor and the wind blows the door shut. It could be that you get home at 2 AM and realize you left your house keys sitting on your desk at work over an hour away or at the restaurant you just came from. Whatever the events are, there are many times where you can find yourself locked out of your own house without any access to keys to get back in. Instead of flying into a panic or an immediate rage, keep a calm head and try one of these solutions that will help you break into your house without causing any damage or arousing suspicion from the neighbors.
• The Old Credit Card Trick – You have seen this done in a bunch of movies and television shows so now might be a good time to try this out. This is only going to work if you are trying to get in through a spring bolt where the handle or doorknob is; if there is a dead bolt being used this will not work. You can use any plastic card and you may want to try this with one that is easily replaceable and not your ATM card so you do not damage it. Wedge the card between the door and the door frame, hold the card flush against the frame, push the card in and bend it away from the door frame. You should feel the latch slide back and you can open the door.
• Look for a Window – If the front or back door is a no go and you have used all of your credit cards, you can try walking around the house to see if there are any open windows that will get you in. If you are a responsible and safe person just getting home, the odds are that all of your ground floor windows are closed and locked. If you got locked out accidentally, you might get lucky and find a window that you can pop the screen out of and get through.
• Get Creative – No luck at the doors or ground floor windows? It is time to get creative. Walk around the house and look at all of the access points. Is there a second story window open you can try? You can always ask a neighbor to use a ladder (provided it is not 2 AM) or perhaps you can get one out of your own shed (if that is not locked too). Check all of your possibilities before you resign yourself to calling a locksmith.
Unless it is a real emergency, there is no reason to cause any damage to your home trying to get in it. At the worst it can cost you some money to call a locksmith and get in. For future reference, leave a key with a neighbor nearby or hidden somewhere outside so you could always get in if you had to. If you need to spend the night in your car then at least it will be a lesson learned. Just make sure that you have a safe and reliable car to sleep in, like one you can get from the Nissan West Covina dealers at Downtown Nissan. Then you may not mind that you got locked out of your house.