It will have happened to most people at least once in their life; they have been locked out of their house. It is an incredibly frustrating experience to get home from a long hard day to realise you have lost your keys. Thankfully there is a solution, one we would all love to avoid but nonetheless a solution; your friendly neighbourhood locksmith. This article will give you a checklist of points to consider in case you ever face the unfortunate event of being locked out of your house and what to do if this happens to you.
Make sure there is no way of getting in
Sometimes you may have accidentally left a backdoor or window open that could be a simple way of getting in. It would be embarrassing to have to call a locksmith out to call then him again or tell him when he reached you that you had managed to get in. Therefore, it is a good idea to exhaust every possible safe option you have of gaining access to your property before calling a locksmith.
Does anybody have a spare key?
As daft as it sounds it’s highly possible that somebody has a spare key. Have you ever borrowed a key to your house (e.g. sibling, child, babysitter, cleaner, friend, etc.) that they never returned? If so the answer is simple, give them a call and you’ll be able to borrow their key and regain access to your house.
Ensure you have ID
Most people will have a form of ID on them at all times. However if you are someone who does not then it’s advisable you to ensure you do carry some on you. No reputable locksmith (and you only want a reputable one) will provide a service for somebody who cannot prove who they are. Otherwise of course anybody could just ask a locksmith to break into a house for them. Ensuring you have ID on you at all times can make sure this problem will never arise for you.
Have a form of payment ready
As you would with any service. You will be expected to pay for it. If you cannot avoid calling a locksmith out, you could ask for a quote before the locksmith arrives. This would give you time to go to a cash point and get out the money so payment can be completed once you have regained access to your house.
Finding a reputable locksmith
If you get into the instance of needing a locksmith the last thing you want to do is further your problems by going for a dodgy locksmith. You may be able to find a cheaper less reliable one, but you need to go for a quality service that is trustworthy. Make sure you opt for a locksmith that is licensed and therefore automatically more reliable. You can also find reviews on locksmiths. There is even a chance of a non-licensed locksmith trying to charge you an extortionate amount. Licensed locksmiths have guidelines and pricing they have to abide by so you know you can trust in them.
Hopefully, you will never get into a situation where you require the services of a locksmith. However, if you ever do then follow the tips in this article and you will be back in your home peacefully as soon as possible.