We all have that fear of rumbling through every coat pocket and digging into every nook and cranny of your bag to try and locate your house keys when stood outside on a cold, rainy evening. But what if you don’t find them? Here are our top 5 tips on what to do if you lose your keys in 2021!
If there’s no other key outside of the house and no way to get into the house, your best option is to call a locksmith.
1. Retrace your steps
Your first point of action is to retrace your steps. You may find that your keys have just managed to escape whilst walking home, or perhaps they managed to slip underneath the car seat.
2. Spare Key
If you still haven’t found your keys, now is a good time to grab that spare key from your trusted person. At least you will be able to access your home and put your shopping away for now. It won’t solve your lost key situation but at least you can access your home.
If you don’t have a spare key, sit with a neighbour to get you out of the cold and to calm your nerves.
3. Don’t break into your own home
It may be tempting to attempt to pick the lock yourself or to gain entry another way. More likely than not you will cause damage to your property and will end up paying more in the long run.
4. Call NGCL locksmiths
Calling up the locksmith may be the best or only option for you to get into your home, especially if you live alone and own your home.
If you need to get in your home quickly, this could also be the quickest option.
The price for hiring a locksmith usually starts at £60, depending on the time you call them, the tools and equipment needed and how difficult the situation is.
Whether you’re locked out of house because of no key, or your lock/key has broken, our locksmith at NGCL are ready to take your call 24/7 to help when you’re locked out of my house, no key.
5. Change your Locks
Even if you have a spare key it is vital that the Locksmith changes your locks as well as gains entry to your home for security reasons. You never know who could’ve picked up your keys after you lost them. They may even know your address already so it is wise to change your locks to prevent a burglar targeting your home. Remember if a burglar enters your home with a key, your insurance claim will be invalid.
6. Phone a friend, family member or landlord
If you live with anyone, make sure that you tell everyone you are with that you are locked out. A roommate, partner or anyone else may be able to let you in. This could be the most convenient option and could mean that you don’t spend too long in the rain!
If you don’t own the home, call your landlord or estate agent, they will typically have a copy of your house key and may be able to unlock the door for you if they live nearby.
Alternatively, if you live in an apartment complex, you could ask the managers office and ask them if you can gain access. To be able to do this, you must have some form of identification on you and evidence that you live in the apartment complex. This could come at a fee, make sure you ask about this beforehand so you don’t get any surprises.
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