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Hide a Key, You Might Need It!


Most Villagers use their garage doors to gain entry into their home using the remote in the car, golf cart even the code box outside but what if power is out and the garage door doesn’t open?  Do you have your house keys with you?  What if a neighbor wants to borrow something or you ask them while you are away to check something in your home?  Sure maybe a neighbor has a key to your home and they are not home and you are locked out!  Hide a key and Not under the door mat!

Most homes in The Villages have an irrigation system so what about a fake sprinkler head that holds a key?  Just checked Amazon they have a bunch of them starting at $6 to $15 and are waterproof and you can hide cash in them, not sure about the cash part and why?  Five-minute project and you have a safe place to hide a key!  Now all you have to do is remember which sprinkler head!

Dick Betts, REALTOR®

The Betts Team

Touchstone Real Estate

The Villages, Florida

717-860-3107 cell



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Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

At least once a year, one of us locks themselves out.   And I usually have 6 empty lockboxes in my desk.  Smh.

Apr 12, 2024 04:03 AM
Dick Betts

Hang one!

Apr 12, 2024 04:58 AM
Sham Reddy CRS
Howard Hanna RE Services, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing Dick!!! Great idea!!!

Fake sprinkler head that holds a key?  Amazon they have a bunch of them starting at $6 to $15 and are waterproof.  Five-minute project and you have a safe place to hide a key! 

Apr 12, 2024 04:06 AM
Dick Betts


Apr 12, 2024 04:58 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Interesting way to hide a key - sounds like it would work just fine!

Apr 12, 2024 04:35 AM
Dick Betts

As long as you remember which sprinkler head otherwise out trying pull up sprinkler heads!

Apr 12, 2024 04:59 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

first time I seen it in a sprinkler head. Thanks for sharing, make it a great Friday and enjoy your


Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Apr 12, 2024 05:19 AM
Dick Betts

Thanks for sharing my blog

Apr 12, 2024 06:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dick. Interesting and innovative way to hide a spare key for emergencies . Thanks for the tip. Enjoy your day.

Apr 12, 2024 05:28 AM
Dick Betts


Apr 12, 2024 06:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Apr 12, 2024 08:03 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Dick,
I have a keybox with a key on a rarely used door. It has come in handy a few times.

Apr 12, 2024 08:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dick and great information to share with us on the Friday.  Hope business is going great for you.

Apr 12, 2024 09:40 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I don't even carry keys with me since I rely on my garage door.  I don't know what I will do if my garage door stops working, haha.

Apr 12, 2024 12:57 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Hi Dick,

I have one of these and love it! Once I forgot where I put it but I found it thank goodness.

Apr 12, 2024 04:18 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Dick- this happened to our neighbor once and he had to use our phone to call his wife so she could come home with a key. We have a key in a lockbox underneath our grill which is covered. 

And once in the pouring rain, another neighbor knocked on our door late at night. His garage door opener needed a battery and he hoped we might have one. (which we did)

Apr 12, 2024 07:30 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 13, 2024 07:31 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This is such a great post - I love the idea of the sprinkler head.  It would make a good addition to a house warming gift basket.  I use pink combo lockboxes frequently and I use one on the rear door - like Carol Williams 

Apr 14, 2024 05:27 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

Good advice. We have a hidden key on our property. Also I always have a duplicate set of keys for any property because agents have been known to walk off unintentionally with keys.

Apr 14, 2024 08:35 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A spare key outside of the house is always a must. We have a detached utility shed for which I seldom have the key in, my pocket, but there's a lockbox on that shed door and a house key hidden inside the shed.

Apr 14, 2024 08:49 AM
Dick Betts

In the shed, what's your address again?

Apr 14, 2024 11:08 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think there are now about five of my neighbors who have keys to my house and vice versa. And you never know when you'll need them!

Apr 14, 2024 08:53 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have a lockbox on my house and office.  I got locked out of my apartment in a nightgown when was a young married lady and I've never let it happen again.  It was a very tough lesson.

Apr 15, 2024 07:25 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

The Combo LB folks could make a fortune it they would market them to the general public !,,

Apr 17, 2024 06:45 AM