Who should I trust with a spare key to my home?

No matter what your living situation, if you’re planning on staying at a particular property for a lengthy period of time, you’ll want to consider getting a couple of spare keys made up.

Not only is a spare key incredibly handy to have for yourself, but giving a spare key to another trusted individual may save the day in many unexpected events of the future.

1. A neighbour

Sadly, the relationships between neighbours are nowhere near the strong bonds they once were in the small-town days. A recent study found that more than half of us would describe our neighbours as “strangers” – and this isn’t just depressing, it’s risky.

Your neighbours can be there for you in every situation; they can keep an eye on your home while you’re away, and help you out if you’re ever in need. It’s worth getting on a good level of trust with your neighbour and suggesting that the two of you exchange spare keys – but only if you’re both comfortable with doing so.

2. Your closest friend or family member

It’s always handy to have someone in life who can look after things for you when you’re away, whether that’s watering the plants, feeding the pets, or simply checking up on your property and ensuring everything’s as it should be. That’s why offering a spare key to your closest friend or family member might work well for you.
Make sure you really know somebody well before you suggest they take a key to your home. While a good friend would never dream of using the responsibility to their advantage, you can never quite be sure what a bad friend would get up to!

3. Your older child

It’s thought that today, more than 40 per cent of parents give their children under the age of 18 a spare key to the house – but it’s really up to you about how much you can personally trust your child. Some children take longer to become responsible than others, which might mean that giving them a key is pretty useless if it’s just going to result in them losing it.

That said, if you do feel you trust your older child enough to give them a key, then it might help you out by giving them more independence and enabling them to access your home whenever they need to – and not always when you’re home.

Cutting a spare key

It’s simple enough to get a spare key cut for your home, and doesn’t require much research or waiting around on your part. You can search online for key blanks, or visit your local locksmith with your master house key and request a copy. Your key can be cut right there and then.

There’s usually no limit to how many keys you can have cut at a time – but it’s obviously best to be sensible! The more keys you have going round, the more you put yourself at risk of one of them going missing, so you need to keep track of them where you can.