What To Do When You’re Locked Out of Your House

Losing the key to your apartment is one of the occurrences that can lead you to being locked out of your own home. When such events take place, especially at odd hours when you really need to get into your house, most people turn to breaking down the doors or windows to gain access. But how do you address such kind of emergency?

 

So you’ve locked yourself out of your house. Now what?

Ideally, you’ll already have given a spare house key to a trusted neighbor or friend for just such an occurrence. But if not, here are a few things to try:

Ask for help

Do you live with roommates? Can they come home and let you in? Sure, it may be an inconvenience to ask your housemates to come let you in, but not nearly as inconvenient as being stranded outside your house, especially in the cold. If you rent your place, try reaching out to your landlord. They will usually have a copy of your house key and, depending on their location, may be close enough to swing by and let you in. If you live in an apartment complex, stop by the manager’s office and ask to be let into your place. Just make sure you can provide proof of who you are and the fact that you do indeed live in the complex.

Look for unlocked windows

Open window with plastic frame during cloudy day

Of course you would never leave your windows unlocked, but on the off chance you did, an unlocked window is the perfect entry point. Simply remove the screen, lift up the window, and shimmy through. Be careful as you enter through the window, as you’re likely to be off balance. Also be aware of what furniture or items may be lying below the window, such as end tables, TV’s, or other household items.

Grab a credit card

This method of lock-picking works only on spring bolts, the kind usually found on standard-issue doorknobs. Doors with deadbolts will not budge under the force of a credit card.

To attempt the credit card lock pick, start by choosing a card you won’t mind possibly destroying, such as a defunct Blockbuster membership card or an outdated gift card. Laminated cards tend to work the best due to the flexibility of the plastic.

1. Insert the card between the frame and the door at the point where the latch is located.
2. Hold the card perpendicular to the door and start pushing and wiggling the card.
3. While you push, start bending the card away …

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