5 People To Trust With Your Spare House Keys
Everyone leaves their home at some point, whether it’s to go to work, run errands, or go on vacation. The vast majority of people have a spare set of keys to their homes, but what most of them don’t realize is that hiding your spare key where anyone might find it is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a homeowner. While it’s true that there are some excellent ways to hide your spare keys, you have to remember one thing: the internet exists. Any tip or trick you might have learned concerning hiding places for your spare keys have been recorded for the world to find at the click of a button. So, what can you do to ensure that your home remains safe? You can leave a spare set of keys in the possession of people you trust.
Below is a list, in no particular order, of the most reliable people to trust your spare keys with.
1. A Neighbor
Giving a spare house key to someone a little closer to home would be beneficial to any homeowner. That way if you ever forget your keys or get locked out, all you have to do is walk next door. Make sure, however, that the neighbor you choose to leave your key with is someone whom you know and trust.
2. A Friend
For those who already assign their spare keys to others, the first choice is usually a best friend. After all, next to family, who could you possibly trust more? Giving your spare key to a close friend–both close to you and your neighborhood–may be more appealing to some than giving the key to a neighbor, especially if you aren’t on a familiar basis. An added benefit is that friends are usually very familiar with and comfortable in our homes, making them an especially good candidate for house or pet-sitting.
3. A Sibling
Of course, not everyone has brothers or sisters, but those who do have someone to turn to in the event that a neighbor or friend aren’t in a position to accept a spare key. Siblings are trusted with so many things; feelings, secrets, memories, so why not a spare key to your home? If your sibling is local and able to come running in the event of an emergency, then they should be granted a spare key.
4. A Parent
For anyone still in school and renting an apartment, trusting your parents with a spare key–given that they’re in the area–may be the best possible option. If you get locked out and a you have a roommate that isn’t home to let you in, your parents will be there to help you without the embarrassment of having to ask the landlord for re-entry. It will also add piece of mind for any roommate that a spare set is in the hands of someone responsible and trustworthy.
5. A Child
For homeowners in their golden years, trusting your kids with your spare keys is practically imperative. Elderly homeowners or anyone who is especially vulnerable to household accidents should definitely consider assigning a spare set of keys to their children. In the most extreme cases, it could mean the difference between a close call and a devastating tragedy.
Leaving a key with someone you trust and who you know won’t take the responsibility lightly will give you peace of mind with the added guarantee that anyone suspicious will not have access to your home. If you ever find yourself in a situation where all of your trusted key holders are unavailable, call South Shore Locksmith for all of your lockout needs!