You step out to the backyard with the dog and hear the door close behind you.
You take the trash out without your keys only to realize the door was locked from the inside.
You rush out the front door and pull it closed before noticing your keys are not, in fact, in your hands.
You’re locked out of your home. It’s happened to the best of us.
Here are some tips for getting back in after getting locked out of your house.
Phone a friend.
This should be obvious, but the obvious solution isn’t always the one you reach for when you’re stressed or frustrated, as you’re sure to be once you’ve locked yourself out. Can you call any of the following contacts who might have a spare key?
- Pet sitters
- Leasing office staff
Double check other points of entry.
Check your windows and any other entry doors. You may luck out and find that you or a roommate left a window unlatched or forgot to lock the back door.
This is tricky, because most locks are now designed to prevent any sort of deflection, jimmying, or forced entry. Some do it better than others, but even lower-quality modern locks are resistant to the good ol’ credit card trick. But hey, it’s worth a shot, right?
Use a gift card, rewards card, or some other flexible card and wiggle it in between the door and the doorjamb to work the bolt on your lock back into the door.
If the card trick worked…
If the card trick was a flop…
Calling a locksmith is the safest, surest way to get back into your home. If you left a window open or can jimmy your way in through a less-secure door, that’s great (although, you may want to work on better home security habits in the future), but you don’t want to risk damaging your windows or doors by breaking in. Paying for repairs isn’t worth DIY-ing your way back into your house.