We’ve all been there. You want to have some quality time with your boyfriend or girlfriend, but your folks are home. You have two options here — spend the night sulking with your phone for company or engage in a bit of mischief and invite your crush over. But how do you sneak them into your house?
If your parents are strict disciplinarians, hiding someone in your bedroom may seem like mission impossible. But, with careful planning, patience, and enough cunning, you can easily sneak a friend into your room. Not only that, but you can also successfully sneak them out without your family being the wiser.
So, if you’re in the mood for a midnight hangout, keep reading to get a complete guide on how to sneak someone into your house.
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Sneaking someone in is a complicated affair. The chance of failure is high, and so is the possibility of getting discovered. To make sure that doesn’t happen, you have to be prepared. And this doesn’t just mean planning the deed itself. It also involves coming up with backup strategies in case something goes wrong.
Because let’s face it, whenever we’re doing something illicit, the world suddenly starts working against us. In that case, better to err on the side of caution and make a plan.
1. Get To Know Your House
It may seem silly since it’s your house. Obviously, you’re going to be familiar with it. However, ask yourself — do you really know every nook and cranny? Do you know if it has any good hideouts? How close are they to your room?
If the answer is no, then you best start exploring. First, figure out an entry point for your friend. Is it more convenient for them to enter through the front door or the backdoor? Maybe both of those options are too conspicuous, and a window is better.
Choose an entry point that is close to your room. However, make sure that the spot is far enough from your parents that they won’t notice someone coming in. While you’re at it, consider if there are any good hiding spots between the entry point and your room.
This will help your friend get out of sight quickly, in case your parents come around to check on you. But overall, your best bet is to choose an entry point that is as far away from your folks’ room as possible.
2. Handle the Pets
This one may hurt. However, it is necessary. Pets are very sensitive to any kind of activity, especially one that involves strangers coming into your house. Even if your pet is familiar with your boyfriend/girlfriend, they may still get overexcited and give you away.
So, if you’re planning on sneaking in someone, make sure your pet is as far away from the access point as possible. Your best bet is locking them in a room or maybe letting them stay with your parents. Ideally, you will place them in an area that is completely separate from your house, like a garage.
If you have a dog, you may be tempted to let them stay outside in the yard. But keep in mind that your friend is coming from the outside. And if your dog is out there too, it may cause a fuss and blow your cover before your crush even gets to the entry point.
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3. Take Care of the Security System
Alarms are often a forgotten part about sneaking someone into your house. However, it’s arguably the thing that is the most likely to expose you — especially if you fail to disable it.
So, after you’ve set a time for your crush to come over, make sure you take care of the alarm. First, make sure to mute it, so the thing doesn’t beep when you’re opening doors or windows or punching in the code.
Secondly, don’t forget to reactivate it after your crush is in. It may be tempting to keep the alarm disabled while you have a secret guest in the house, but it’s not the smartest thing to do. Disabling your alarm leaves your house at risk of robbery. You want to sneak in your bf/gf, not jeopardize your family’s safety.
And another thing — don’t forget to disable your security cameras. This part is tricky since your parents will likely notice the video surveillance suddenly going out. Therefore, it might be a better option to just stop it temporarily. You can justify this brief pause in coverage to the system glitching.
If you don’t want to mess with the system at all, you can try to sneak your visitor through an area that doesn’t have any camera coverage.
4. Prepare the Doors and the Windows
On the subject of noise, another thing that can give you away is squeaky hinges. If your house is older, then it’s highly likely that the hinges on your doors and windows have gone a little rusty.
The result of this wear-down is, of course, a lot of unpleasant noise. Noise is the last thing you need when you want to be stealthy. Hence, you need to prep your entry point. A good idea is to invest in a solid hinge lubricant and apply it when no one is looking. For added security, you can also apply the lubricant to the lock, doorknob, or window lock if you’re using windows.
You can also practice opening the door quietly. Some tricks you can employ is to open the door quickly or lift the door upward when you’re turning the knob.
5. Have Hideouts at the Ready
To avoid getting caught, you need to have your hideouts at the ready. Make sure they’re clear, so that you can use them at a moment’s notice.
For example, if you want to hide your visitor in a closet, clear it out and make space for them. If you’re really extreme, then maybe you can hide them inside a crawlspace or under a staircase.
Another good strategy for hiding your friend is to kill the lights. While this may make your parents suspicious, with the right excuse, you can easily brush this off.
Phase 2: Sneaking Someone Into Your House
Alright, so you’ve done all the prep work. Now, you’re ready to move to the next phase of the ‘how to sneak someone into your house’ guide — the sneaking in. And if you want things to go smoothly, get your pen and paper and pay close attention to the following steps.
1. Set a Time for When Your Visitor Is Supposed to Come Over
This may be an obvious step, but the key takeaway here is punctuality. Once you’ve set a time for when your friend is meant to come over, make sure they stick to that time. Being punctual is crucial if you want things to go as smoothly as possible.
Next, make sure you’ve both set your phones on silent mode. That way, you’ll avoid your parents noticing your phone ringing all the time. It will also prevent any sudden noises during the sneaking itself.
Another good idea would be to come up with covert signals. This will help you signal your visitor in case things go wrong and you lose access to your phone. For example, let your friend know that if a light gets turned off during a particular time of night, then the coast is clear. However, if the lights stay on, then something is wrong, and they should abort the mission.
2. Wait for Your Parents to Go to Bed
Okay, you can technically sneak in your crush when your parents are awake. But the risk of discovery is much greater. It’s much easier to be patient and sneak them in when your folks have gone to bed.
First, take note when they’re prepping for bed. After they’ve closed the door of their bedroom, keep track of any footsteps, shuffling, or muffled conversation. On average, it takes about 10-20 minutes for most adults to fall asleep. Just to be safe, you can wait around 30-40 minutes.
Then, you can tiptoe to their bedroom and listen for any snoring or soft breathing. If you happen to run into them in the middle of the night, have an excuse for why you’re up so late. Having an empty glass or water bottle on hand would be extremely useful in this situation.
3. Sneak Your Visitor Inside
After you’ve made sure everyone is asleep, it’s go-time. Shoot your crush a message to come in. They should take their shoes off before they come in to avoid making any noise or tracking any mud.
Next, if they’re coming in through a window, keep things moving quickly. Ideally, you will sneak them in through a window on the first floor. However, if that’s not an option, make sure you have a ladder they can use to climb up. And, once they’ve used the ladder, don’t forget to pull it inside, so they have a way to climb back out later.
If you’re using the door, remember to keep it open until your visitor is inside. And crucially, once they’ve come in, make sure to lock it after you. This will not only keep you safe but also prevent your parents from getting suspicious if they happen to wake up during the night.
4. Keep It on the Down Low
So you’ve got your crush in your room. Fantastic! But that doesn’t mean you should celebrate just yet. You still have to keep them hidden. So, even though you may want to chill and be as loud as possible, you should definitely avoid that.
Make sure you keep your voices down when you’re talking. Avoid playing loud music or any loud videos that you think your parents might hear. And, most importantly, listen for steps.
Even if your parents are strong sleepers, that doesn’t mean they won’t wake up on that particular night. Therefore, you should be ready to hide your visitor in an instant in case you hear them approaching.
Though you might be having the time of your life, all good things must come to an end. And eventually, you will have to go through the whole process again and sneak your nightly visitor out. Again, if you want to do this successfully, follow these tips.
1. Set the Alarm
How long your friend can stay will depend on when your parents get up. If they’re early risers, then be sure to have your secret visitor out the door (or window) before 5 am. That should be ample time to tidy up and take care of any details you might have missed.
If your parents don’t have work till around 8 am, then you can get away with keeping them around for another hour or so. As a rule, however, you should always have them out an hour before your parents get up, so you can do clean-up.
To keep track of this, make sure you’ve set an alarm. Experiment with the volume and find something loud enough to hear even if you fell asleep but not so loud to alert your parents.
2. Sneak Them Out
Once the morning alarm goes off, follow the same procedure for sneaking your visitor out. However, before you do that, check if the coast is clear. The last thing you want is your parents running into your BF/GF after all the trouble you’ve gone through to keep them hidden.
Despite all your best efforts, all your planning and scheming, the unthinkable happened. You got caught. That’s it, game over. Prepare yourself for a full month of being stuck in your room with no access to the internet or social media.
Hold your horses. Even if you get caught, there are a few things you can do to avoid your parents going nuclear on you.
Obviously, if your parents catch you sneaking someone into your home, they will be angry with you. However, you can calm them down by expressing genuine regret. The recent lockdowns have left everyone very isolated. As a result, it’s normal that we’re craving some good ol’ social contact.
Stress this to them, and try to appeal to their compassionate side. If you try to remain calm and genuinely remorseful, you may end up with a lighter sentence.
Promise You Won’t Do It Again and Be on Your Best Behavior
After you’ve expressed how sorry you are, the next step is promising you won’t do it again. But keep in mind that your parents might not buy that at first.
You’ve broken their trust, so it’s only natural that they’ll be on guard, at least for a little while. They may even spend a few weeks monitoring you to make sure you’re not up to anything. On your part, you shouldn’t take this too personally.
Instead, focus on regaining their trust and fulfilling your promise to do better.
Wondering how to sneak someone into your house? Get your reading glasses and start taking notes. If you follow this three-phase guide, you will be able to sneak your friend in and out of your home with your parents being none the wiser.
And even if you get caught, with the right words, our tips will help you get off with only a mild punishment. And once your time is up, you can invite your friend over again.
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