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3 Tips to Help you Avoid Getting Locked out of your Apartment

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3 Tips to Help you Avoid Getting Locked out of your Apartment

Few things are more frightening and inconvenient than finding yourself locked out of your home. If you live in an apartment building, getting locked out can be embarrassing, too, especially if you have to ask your landlord to let you back in. If you want to avoid asking the landlord to lend you the spare key (and risk looking irresponsible), use these tips to help avoid getting locked out of your apartment.

 

Get a routine to remind yourself

 

Set yourself a ‘leaving routine’ and stick with it. Every time you leave your apartment, go through a particular set of steps so you’ll remember to grab your keys. You might keep your shoes by the door with your keys inside so you’ll remember to pick them up as you step into your shoes to leave the apartment. Or, you could hang your keys on a hook by the door so you see them every time you get ready to walk out the door.

 

Leave a spare with a nearby friend

 

Swap spare keys with a trusted friend or relative who lives close by, preferably within walking distance of your place (since your car keys are likely with your apartment key). If one of you gets locked out, the other can help remedy the situation. This also lets your friend have access to your apartment if you are going to be away and need someone to check in on your home while you’re gone.

 

Know every access point to your apartment

 

When you first get locked out, it can be tempting to panic. However, that won’t solve anything. Instead, think about every access point to your apartment. Can you get in through a window? Even upper floors may be accessible via a fire escape, just be sure to access it carefully. While you’re at it, it might be a good time to consider exactly how accessible your apartment is to others. Sure, it’s great to be able to get back in if you’re locked out, but can burglars get in, too?

 

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