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A Locksmith’s Vacation Prep Wisdom

I have a friend who lives out of state. She recently went on vacation–and when she did, she made a really huge mistake.

She hired a house sitter, then went to one of those grocery store kiosk things to get a key copy. She gave the key copy to her house sitter and went on vacation some 700 miles away.

A day later, the house sitter calls to let her know the key doesn’t work.

That’s right. She’s 700 miles away. She has two cats who need food, water, and other attentions. And the key copy she had created was not going to work.

She was going to have to get creative to come up with a solution. Ultimately, she ended up getting a professional key copy made and overnighting that key to the sitter, who was then able to get in. This was a huge hassle that cut into her vacation.

These machines are everywhere, so you might be forgiven for thinking that it’s really easy to cut a house key. However, this story shows that they don’t always cut these keys accurately enough to get the job done.

If it’s important enough for you to  make a key copy then in general it’s going to be important enough for you to get it done professionally. Locksmiths do have the equipment to generate extra keys for your home, and of course we test all of the keys before we charge you for them.

Hey, we get you want to save money, but some keys are honestly a little more intricate than others. Sometimes you’ll get lucky, and sometimes you won’t.

Either way, my advice? Test all of your key copies before you go out of town. You don’t want to ruin your Christmas or Thanksgiving vacation because your house sitter or pet sitter can’t get in to do what he or she needs to do. If you’ve made a bad key copy you’ll know before you go, and you’ll have time to fix it.

Just a little reminder to everyone out here in Chicago who might soon be leaving for the holidays over the course of the next couple of months!

Jose Mario Hernandez Jr.

Jose Mario Hernandez Jr. is a certified locksmith in the State of Illinois and the Chief Executive Officer of Omega Locksmith which he founded in 1994. Jose is a second-generation locksmith following in the footsteps of his father Pepe and has over 20 years of experience serving the residents of Chicago. His early schooling was at J. Sterling Morton East High School in Chicago followed by a degree in Morton College, Cicero, IL. Jose is also an ardent Chicago Cubs fan, a great human being, a loving husband and a doting father.

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