If you are reading this article, chances are you actually are locked out of your apartment and are hoping, beyond hope, that there is an easy solution to solving this problem so you might get on with your life. Giving you ten ways to avoid getting locked out of your apartment at this point is a lot like telling you not to put your hand on the hot stove as you are looking down at your blistered finger.So, here we are. You are staring at that locked door. Perhaps your keys are mocking you from the kitchen counter inside, or are tucked carefully inside the pocket of your purse (also on the kitchen counter). Or, maybe your key broke off in the lock as you gave it a gentle turn? It’s okay. It happens. Now what?
First and foremost, there is no need to panic. Let’s go through a quick list to see if we can solve your conundrum in short order.
Did You Leave a Spare Key With a Neighbor or Friend?
And, do they owe you a favor? If so, find a phone and give them a call. You may have to wait a few minutes for them to come, but it’s an easy solution to a temporary problem.
Is Your Landlord Handy and Does He Have a Good Sense of Humor?
Swallow your pride and make the short walk of shame to ask for assistance. In apartment situations, there are master keys that allow repair staff and authorized apartment personnel to enter your unit. This isn’t the first time they’ve been called out to unlock an apartment door and it won’t be the last.
Can You Pick a Lock, or Have a Friend With This Handy Skill?
Although this isn’t a recommended method, it can work on some apartment locks. Have a hairpin, credit card or lock picking tools? Give it a try; it might work. If it does, immediately have your locks replaced by a professional locksmith. If you can get in, imagine how easy it would be for someone else to do so.
Do You live On the Ground floor and Have Access To an Unlocked Window?
You can try climbing in so that you might unlock the door from the inside, but don’t send us the doctor bill. Again, if this method works, seriously consider your home security protocol and call the professionals to make your apartment more secure.
Still Locked Out? It’s Time to Call a Professional Locksmith
With a simple call and providing the details of your location, a professional locksmith can arrive in a relatively short time to unlock that door. While they are there, it’s a good idea to ask them about the many options available to assure this lockout situation doesn’t happen again. From making spare keys, to replacing or maintaining your locks, to suggesting security improvements for your safety, a professional locksmith is the best resource in this situation when all else fails.
Locked Out? Call Big Red Locksmiths: (402) 554-0499
Big Red Locksmiths is ready to help you with your lockout situation. Professional, prompt and non-judgmental service when you need it. For answers to any other questions or to schedule a service appointment, please call our office at (402) 554-0499.