Hi! My name is Gary and this is my home and garden improvement blog. My passion for working on my home and garden began when I bought my first house. It was a run down little place in the suburbs of Sydney. Even though the place was in a bit of a state, it was in a fantastic location. I spent many hours reading up on DIY and gardening tips before setting about improving the place. It was a lot of hard work but it was also a lot of fun. I learnt a lot during that time so I decided to start this blog.
If you lose the only key to your front door, you will have to call a locksmith to make you a new key or to replace the locks completely. However, by making a few copies of your door key and taking steps to reduce your chances of losing your keys, you can avoid a locksmith bill. Here are five ideas you should consider:
1. Hide Your Spare Key At The Neighbour's House
If you hide a spare key under your front mat or under a plant by the door, it's pretty easy for a thief to find. Instead, hide your key under your neighbour's mat or plant – even an eager thief can't try all the doors in the neighbourhood
2. Use A Password Protected Lockbox
If you don't have any neighbours who want to give you a hiding spot for your spare key, consider putting it in a password protected lock box. These boxes are similar to the ones that real estate agents use so that they can get into homes that are for sale to show them to prospective buyers. The only way anyone can open the box to retrieve your key is if they have the code.
3. Store Your Spare Key In A Cloud
There are now smartphone apps that can expertly copy a key for you. Create a copy of your key using one of these apps, and rather than having the key sent to you, just save it in a cloud. That way, there is absolutely no way you can lose the key, and when you need one, you can have the company send you a copy. However, it is likely to take a couple of days to get your copy – although this technique prevents you from losing your spare key, it is a bit time consuming and unrealistic if you are locked out of your house. Luckily, some locksmiths can make copies using the picture from one of these apps.
4. Put a Wi-Fi Enabled Sensor On All Of Your Keys
You can buy wi-fi enabled sensors that attach to your keys or other small items, and then these sensors are attached to a smartphone app. When you cannot find a key, just enable the app, and the sensor on the keys will start to beep or vibrate. Unfortunately, if your key is not in the area, this method may not work.
5. Install Electronic Locks
If you really can't keep track of your front door keys, consider getting rid of your conventional locks and replacing them with electronic locks. A locksmith can program an electronic lock to open using the code of your choice.
For more information, contact Burnside Locksmiths.