Recently, I had a really scary situation that a residential locksmith was able to help me out with. It was late Saturday evening and I had come home from a late dinner and drinks with a few friends. I came home and decided to make a cup of tea for myself to unwind before bed. I started the tea and decided to take my dogs out for a really quick walk around the block while I waited for the water to boil. I left the house and started walking the dogs, and when I got back to the door and reached for my keys and realized I didn’t have them! At first I thought maybe I had dropped them on my walk, but thought more and realized that I have left them inside on the kitchen counter. Right when I came to the realization that I was locked out at midnight on a Saturday night with my two dogs, my hot water started boiling! I started getting really nervous because first of all, I had boiling water on my stove, and second, I was out late in a relatively unsafe neighborhood late on a Friday night. I wasn’t sure what to do! I called a friend of mine who had a spare set of keys, and she was up in the mountains for the night with her boyfriend. She was very helpful though in that she was able to give me the number of a reliable 24-hour locksmith who had helped her once when she was locked out of her house.
I called the locksmith and my call was answered right away. They asked for my address and sent someone out immediately to get me back in my house. Luckily, the locksmith was located close to where I live, and he was there in just a few minutes! He was able to get my door open right away and the whole process was very quick and easy. While he was there, I also mentioned to him that my key was really sticky and sometimes I had trouble getting the door to unlock. This was especially frustrating when coming home with groceries or armfuls of other stuff, and have to put everything down and spend ten minutes wiggling the key until the door unlocked. He told me to come in the next day to his shop to discuss options. A week later, I not only had a great new contact to use if I ever get locked out of my home again, or my car, but they also got me set up with a new lock for my door which does not stick! I didn’t realize how bad that situation had been until I got it replaced. I can’t express how nice it is to have a door that opens easily after so long with a door that would stick. They also helped me set up a lock box in the back of my house where I keep an extra key. Next time when I leave my keys inside when walking my dogs, I have a way to get back in!