Whether you own a house or rent an apartment, one of the last things you ever want to experience is a problem with your key. It's important to remember that you can call a locksmith 24 hours a day for help, regardless of the issue that you're facing. While it's always a comforting feeling to be able to rely on this professional, there are a number of mistakes that you can avoid making that will reduce your likelihood of needing to call for help for a key-related issue. Here are some things that you'll want to avoid.
Duplicating Your Key From The Newest One
It's often a good idea to make duplicates of your house or apartment key. You can keep an extra one handy in the event of losing your main key or give a secondary key to a family member. When you visit a store to have the new key cut, make sure that you have the original key that came with the door. When someone cutting a key bases the new key off a key that's a duplicate, the new one can be slightly off — and this can be enough to prevent it from working in your lock. Making sure that the key is cut from the original provides the highest chance that the duplicate will work properly.
Hiding Your Spare Key In An Obvious Place
While it can be helpful to hide a spare key outside your house if you're concerned about losing your main key, don't make the mistake of hiding the spare in a place that someone could easily find it. People who may be prowling around your home with the intention of gaining access know that many homeowners hide keys under the mat, above the door frame or stuck to the bottom of the mailbox with a magnet. By avoiding these locations, you'll decrease the risk of someone entering your home.
Loaning It Out
It might occasionally be enticing to loan your house key to someone — for example, a neighbor — but this can potentially be problematic. If the person loses the key, you'll have to contact a locksmith to have your locks changed. Try to think of methods that can prevent you from having to loan the key. For example, if you need your neighbor to enter your home when you're away, suggest that he or she could do so by using the garage door access code, rather than the front door.
For more information and tips, talk with a professional locksmith company, like Venus & Mars Locksmith.