It will happen to all of us at one point in our lives, but that doesn’t make it any better. Locking yourself out of your home can be really embarrassing, annoying and even dangerous. The stress that is caused by locking yourself out of your home is compounded by the fact that you will now have to wait for a locksmith to come to your home and let you in.
Even with emergency locksmith services available that can come to your door at any time of the day or night, you will still have to change your plans with almost no notice. If you want to avoid being locked out of your home, follow the tips below!
1. Know where your keys are
This is something that is so simple, once you start keeping track of where you put your keys you will be shocked at how much easier it makes leaving the house. Your keys should have a home of their own so that when you come in from work or an evening out, you know exactly where to put them. You can buy special key hooks or even a dish that you can keep them in when you’re home. After a while, it will become second nature to pick up your keys on the way out the door. This has the added benefit of you always knowing where your keys are.
If you do adopt this great habit, make sure that the keys are not visible from any of the windows as this can be an invitation to the opportunistic burglar.
2. Memory triggers
If you are prone to walking out of the door without your keys, wallet or purse then don’t be alarmed. Many people have this problem. There are some ways of getting around this though. If every time you’re about to leave your home you do a quick checklist in your head of everything that you need this can become a habit over time. Saying the items out loud can help as well.
3. Don’t put the keys down
A lot of the time when someone is locked out of their home it is because there has been something that has interrupted their regular routine of leaving the house. This could be something as simple as popping back in to grab an umbrella or sunglasses. On the way back out of the house, it can be easy to forget your keys.
A way that you can prevent this from happening is to not put your keys down as you pop in to get something. By keeping them in your hand you will not have the chance to leave them behind.
4. Give someone a spare key
This is something that we recommend that you do. If you have a friend or family member that lives close by that you trust, you can ask them to hold onto a key for you so that if you’re locked out, you have a spare not too far away. This makes getting back into your home when you’re locked out as easy as a quick phone call.
5. Go keyless
Digital locks are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. These have the advantage of not needing a key to get in but have a number of drawbacks. Many of these models need you to unlock the door with your cell phone, this is all well and good until your cell phone runs out of battery. Some models do not have this drawback and are operated by a keypad. These can be a very good way to get in and out of your home if you are prone to losing your keys. Just don’t forget the key code.