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Hiring a Locksmith to Help Protect Your Paperwork

Keeping a copy of all your important paperwork safe in one place is a great way to ensure that you have access to things like proofs of purchases, insurance policies, and even wills. But keeping paperwork in a desk drawer or under the bed is not the safest plan – what if a fire breaks out or someone infiltrates your home and steals all the important stuff? Consider hiring a locksmith to install a fireproof floor safe in a closet of your home or in the basement where all of your important paperwork and investments can be kept. You’ll have instant access to it all when you need it, and it will be safe from theft and destruction when you don’t. You might be surprised at how many ways a locksmith can help keep your property at home safe. Explore the pages here for more information!


Hiring a Locksmith to Help Protect Your Paperwork

Locked Out of Your House? 4 Things You Can Do

by Manuel Carmona

If you find yourself standing in front of your home, without a key to get into your home, and without the ability to access a key, there are a few things you can do in order to gain entry to your home.

Check for an Open Window

To start with, you can walk around your home to see if you left any of your windows open. If you left a window unlocked or open, you may be able to put the window all the way up so that you can climb through your window. This does require a window to be open, and it does require a certain degree of dexterity as well, but it may work.

Call Someone with a Spare Key

Second, you can call someone who has a spare key. Does your roommate has a spare key? Does a family member have a spare key? If you are renting, you could call your landlord to see if they have a spare key that you could use to get into your home. This is why it is a good idea for at least one person to have a backup key to your home. That way, if you can't get in, there is someone to help you get into your home.

Try to Get Your Lock to Open

If you didn't latch the deadbolt on your door, you may be able to try the old credit card trick. With the old credit card trick, you take a credit card, or really any plastic card, like a loyalty card from your local grocery store, and you can swipe it quickly through the crack in your door where the lock is. If you swipe the card and wiggle the handle at the same time, you may be able to disengage the lock.

Call an Emergency Locksmith

Your fourth option is to call an emergency locksmith. An emergency locksmith will come and meet you at your home with their mobile locksmith tools. Most mobile locksmith services will try to get to you as quickly as they can, possibly within an hour, but you may have to wait longer depending on how many calls they have gotten that day and how far away your home is from their base of operations. A mobile locksmith will be able to gain you access to your home by picking the lock, or by changing out your lock and putting a new one in place.

If you're experiencing a lockout, you can check for an open window, call someone with a spare key, try to jimmy your lock to open, or call an emergency locksmith.