New Locks for a New Home

3 Important Things To Do Before You Get Locked Out Of Your Car Or Home

by Alfredo Griffin

Have you recently moved out on your own? Have you ever considered what would happen if you were to be locked out of your home or your vehicle? Being locked out can be an extremely stressful experience. Nobody ever actually wants to have this happen to them, but there are things that you can do now that will help make the situation easier to deal with. Some of the things that you'll want to do now, or at least as soon as possible, include:

Find a reputable locksmith: Not every listing for a commercial locksmith is a reputable locksmith. Some supposed locksmiths are run by dubious companies who do little to no screening of their employees. One of the quickest ways that you can tell that you should choose a different locksmith is by asking how much it'll cost to open a locked house door. A dubious company will tell you a flat price, only to inflate the cost when they actually arrive. A good locksmith will tell you that the cost will start at a certain price but will go up depending on time and exactly what type of lock they have to open. They won't be able to give you an exact price, but should at least be able to give you a ballpark estimate.

Get duplicate keys made: It's extremely easy and inexpensive to get most house keys duplicated. You may even have used a kiosk at one of your local stores for this purpose. But it is more difficult to have transponder keys, such as for your car, duplicated. Your local car dealership may have told you that it would cost hundreds, possibly even over a thousand, dollars for each duplicate key that needs to be made. Fortunately, a good commercial locksmith should be able to duplicate most transponder keys for a fraction of the cost. Since they don't have the high overhead that a dealership does, they can afford to sell duplicate keys at a much lower price.

Figure out where you'll wait: Once you've called a locksmith, such as atRedmond's Aviation Lock & Key, you'll need to wait for him or her to arrive. It may take a half an hour or longer for even the best emergency commercial locksmith to arrive at your location, depending on the size of your city and where they are when you call. If you get locked out in the middle of the day, this may not be a problem. But if it's the middle of the night, you may not want to hang around in a dark parking lot or in front of your house. Doing this could get you mistaken for or accosted by a person with criminal intentions. Before you misplace any keys, figure out where the nearest safe locations are in relation to your home or your workplace. This could be a 24-hour convenience store, a nearby hospital, or somewhere else.