Spring and summer vacations mean business.
The spring and summer seasons see the weather getting warmer, with many families heeding the call to go away for long weekends or extended vacations. This is another seasonal incentive for homeowners to secure their homes with connected smart locks. The smart lock may be an attractive addition to the entrance to a home, but the remote benefits of this web-enabled device can extend clear around the world. Your customers can lock, unlock, and check the status of their smart lock while lounging by the pool in Mexico or on a beach on Cape Cod. Plus, they can pre-set scenarios before they leave – these can include actions like doors locking and unlocking, outside and inside lights turning on, and shades opening or closing. In other words, homeowners can appear to be home even when they’re not.
Summertime, and the renting is easier
Summer is also a season when potential customers who own rental properties can reap the benefits of the newest connected lock products.
First, they can discover the joy of maintaining complete access control without managing dozens of keys. Fear of losing keys and having to constantly swap out hardware can become a thing of the past. With remote locking and unlocking controlled through a smartphone, tablet, or Internet-connected device, property owners no longer have to take the time to come to the rental to physically hand off a key. Nor do they have to put a key in a storage locker or hide it in one of those fake rocks. Also, frequent resident turnover no longer requires frequent trips to the locksmith to make new keys. And when property repairs are needed, neither the owner nor the resident needs to be at home to let the repair person inside.
Of course, having complete access control does not mean foregoing access to their property. Owners can still enter their rental property by using their own smartphone, or via the old-fashioned way, with a master key.
Perhaps even more important than the convenience is the peace of mind enjoyed by rental property owners, which comes from always knowing who is coming and going to and from their property, and when. Smart locks make it easy to manage access for everyone from guests to house cleaners to repair people.
Study up on smart lock benefits to parents when school is in session.
When the school year kicks off in autumn, smart locks can be a blessing to parents of school-age children – particularly working parents who may not always be home when their kids return from school. Without smart locks, kids would have to carry around physical keys that could easily be misplaced, lost, or even fall into the wrong hands. With smart locks, all the child returning home needs to do is remember (or write down) a simple user code. The child, and all family members, can enter the home with a few simple button pushes, and then can lock the door with just one.
With smart locks, the end of the school day doesn’t ever have to include kids locked out of the house or waiting on the front steps for a parent, relative, or friend. Even if the returning student forgets the code, they can still get in easily, since smart locks are not limited to providing access control “in person” at the door. Connected locks can be controlled by any web-enabled device, so parents can use their smartphones to not only let their child into the house, but also to lock the door after the child is safely inside.
The benefits of smart locks for parents can extend beyond this access control to include a peace-of-mind-enhancing information trail. Whether they are at work or on the road, parents can get an automated message when the door is unlocked. Plus, if the smart lock is paired with a video camera or doorbell, it can provide parents with a video clip of their child safely entering the home.
Parents can realize that these same benefits apply when younger kids become teens or even young adults and they start to enjoy the freedoms of their age and a less-restricted world. Smart locks can “time/date stamp” a teenager or college-age child when they return from after-school activities or even night-time social activities. In other words, parents can know exactly when their teen son or daughter arrives home, whether they met their midnight curfew, and (with a video camera) whether they arrived alone.
Have yourself a merry little smart lock business.
No matter how cold it gets, most home automation and security dealers can experience a boost in smart lock sales during the winter season. The festive holidays that we all just experienced are a season of joy and, of course, giving. Most of us are aware that this season can be a wonderful time to provide customers with a gift that spreads not only joy but also security and convenience. For so many reasons, smart locks make for a greatly appreciated holiday gift.
With so many different styles and types, there’s an affordable smart lock for everyone on your customer’s holiday list. Techies love the “cool” factor – the ability to outfit their home with a product that can connect with other home automation devices like connected cameras, lights, shades, and more. Design aficionados appreciate the way today’s smart locks can fit any home’s décor, be it traditional or contemporary, while offering a clean, wireless look. And family-focused homeowners welcome the many security-enhancing benefits of smart locks, including:
- Parents and their kids can use a personal user code to enter the home; no need to worry about keys getting lost or stolen;
- Temporary codes can be assigned to anyone who needs to access the home and can be set up to function during a limited, pre-set time;
- Smart locks connected to a home automation system can provide homeowners with an audit trail of who has been granted access to their home, and when;
- Homeowners can lock and unlock the door remotely — from bed before going to sleep or from faraway locations like the office, a traffic jam, or even other countries.
And residents can program their lock so that each family member can have a safe, personalized scenario set up for them when they punch in their user code – foyer lights can be turned on, shades made to go up or down, temperatures set to the ideal level, etc. During the holiday season, smart locks are the gift that keep on giving… convenience and peace of mind.