Getting locked out of the house is something that can happen to anyone. It may not happen every day but it is not an uncommon occurrence and it is not at all fun to be locked out of your place. You come home after a tiresome day only to find that you do not have the keys. There is always a spare key to the place but people do not carry it around with them and it is mostly safely stashed inside the house so it does not really help in these situations.
If you are facing such a situation then the first thing that you need to do is not to panic because there are several ways of solving the problem. You do not have to worry about spending the night outside your place because there are simple solutions that will help you in getting out of the annoying situation.
Here are some of the things that you should try to solve the problem:
1. Calling for help
You can always ask for help and who you may call can differ according to the living arrangement. If you are living with a roommate then your problem can be solved easily as the roommate is also bound to have a key to the place. You can call the roommate and ask them to come and get you out of the difficult situation. It may be a little inconvenient but you will certainly get the help as the roommate may face the same situation some day and need your help.
If you are renting the place then you should call the landlord or landlady as they will have a key. If you are living in an apartment complex then you need to reach out to the manager. You may need to show evidence that you own the apartment.
2. Hope for an unlocked window
When you leave the house you often check all the windows and make sure that they are locked but it is possible for you to overlook a window. If you are locked outside your living space then you should check all the windows. It is possible that there is a window that you have not locked and it will be a perfect entry point for you as you can open it from outside and enter.
3. Getting professional help
If you are unable to open the door by yourself then you need to have contact details of an emergency locksmith. Make sure you have the contact details of locksmith services that are available twenty-four hours because you never know when you will face the emergency.
4. Getting rid of the door knob
It is a method that will work if the deadbolt of the door is not in use. The connection or the mounting screws of most of the doors are not visible as they are concealed but you can always find a tiny hole that is of the size of a pin. It is present under the door knob. All you need to do is take a paper pin and put it in the hole. Keep applying pressure and keep twisting the door knob at the same time until the door knob gets removed.
The next step is simply to get rid of the decorative plate and you will be able to see the lockset. You can unlock the door by using a screwdriver. It is a method that requires some work but it will get you inside the house.
5. Make use of an old credit card
Credit cards can also come in handy in these situations. But this method will only work if you have a door with spring bolts so do not try it on the doors with deadbolts. You should also choose a card that you no longer use because there is a chance that it will be destroyed.
You need to insert the card where the latch is located between the door and frame. The card should be perpendicular and then you need to push it while wiggling it. You also need to bend the card as you push so that it can slide the latch back. Pushing your weight against the door will also help.
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