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8 Reasons Why You Should Get A Smart Lock

By Mike Holmes

Mike’s Advice / Home Safety & Maintenance

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 @ 3:30pm
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I’ve got a lot of smart home devices in my house. To me, a digital smart lock for the exterior door makes sense. A smart lock essentially replaces the need for keys (and spare keys!) You can lock and unlock your doors from anywhere.

It’s no secret that I love my smart locks — and I’ve heard from a lot of concerned homeowners about security concerns, but, believe me, there are some good ones on that market that are secure from hacking. As long as they’ve got a good deadbolt to go with it, you’ll have a pretty safe door.

I RECOMMEND: Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt 

Here are 8 reasons you should consider a smart lock:


  1. Perfect For Rental Properties

You can control access right from your phone and provide temporary access to any guests who need it, that can be revoked once they have checked out. You don’t need to make a special trip to hand over a physical key, or worry about your key being copied. 

You have the ability to set up a recurring or temporary lock code as you see fit. You can also send virtual keys to your guests via text or email.

  1. Smart Locks Help During Your Reno

Some builders install smart locks during construction. I think this is a fantastic idea that allows them to track down which trades and suppliers are actually showing up on time. Same goes for homeowners.

If you have moved out of your home during an extensive renovation, you can monitor on your phone and see when your contractors are coming and going.

There was a family I helped during Holmes+Holmes who had a contractor show up in their bedroom at 10 pm using a traditional key they had given him. With four daughters in the house, that is a scary experience for parents.

Of course, we installed a smart lock on their front door, so they know exactly who is opening and closing their doors. When they fired that contractor, they would have been able to revoke his digital key!

This family with four daughters woke up at night to find a contractor standing in the bedroom. He had a physical key that he never returned when his contract was up.

  1. Great For Families With Kids

Do your kids let themselves in to the house after school? If they have their own access codes, you can remotely monitor when your front door is opening and closing. 

Buying a smart lock is easy. Most major retailers carry them. If you have Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, your Schlage Smart Lock will work with those as well.

  1. Peace Of Mind

How many times have you driven away from your house and wondered if you locked the house? With a smart lock, you can lock your door no matter where you are. No more nagging feeling that you left the house unlocked like you have with traditional locks. All you have to do is check the app on your smart phone.

  1. Easy DIY Upgrade

It is super easy to install a Schlage Smart Lock, and it’s a great way to update the look of your front porch. With the new Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you don’t even have to worry about setting up a different device for wi-fi. It comes with built-in wifi. It’s a great upgrade to your existing deadbolt. When you know what you’re doing, you can install the smart lock in about 20 minutes.

  1. Perfect For Going Away

Schlage Locks Canada smart locks have a built-in alarm system. That means, if someone forces entry to your home while you’re away – not only will your app alert you to the disturbance, it will contact the proper authorities as well. 

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  1. Let In Friends and Neighbours

You can hand out access codes or digital codes to your friends and neighbours so they can check in on the house while you are away. You’ll get a notification when their access code is used.

This means you will know when the house cleaner or your dog walker have arrived and exited

  1. Additional Security

Do you keep a spare key under the planter on your front porch? How safe is that? The first thing thieves will look for is the spare hidden key.

Homeowners think a smart lock can easily be compromised, but that’s not true.

If you lose a physical key, how will you ever be able to track it down? Think about it for a second. There’s just a random key floating out there, and you’ll have no idea where it is. An access code for a smart lock on the other hand, can easily be deleted if needed.

Smart locks, are safe, convenient, and most importantly, secure. To me, they offer an extra feeling of security on your entryways. 

They come in all sorts of styles, colours, and functions. Make sure you pick the right one for your home.

READ NEXT: How smart home technology increases the security of your home.

 

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