They're really useful and allows individuals access to a property without the original key-holder being there. But who really needs to use something like a combination box?
Combination Box For Keys – Who Needs Them?
There are many uses, but most users will fall into one of the following descriptions:
- For holiday homes to give access to customers, cleaners, catering etc.
- Maintenance and local contractors to repair items inside a house e.g. a gardener
- Builders and tradespersons that are undertaking the refurbishment of a house
- Giving occupants/visitors access to the property e.g. children returning home after school
- Assisted living needs e.g. a local nurse attending to an elderly relative with health issues
- Ad-hoc individuals that attend to family needs e.g. babysitters and in-house cooks
- Secure access for remote locations e.g. bike security padlock key
- Those needing access to Airbnb homes
- Dropping off and collecting packages
- Other uses e.g. for car keys or for weed (!)
“The ease of life once you've installed a combination box just frees up so much time. I can't believe I wasted all those years waiting for tradesmen to turn up (and sometimes not turn up!)”
1. For holiday homeowners to grant access to customers, cleaners, catering etc.
You don't want to be there to let the cleaner in, do you? of course not. The same goes for all the other people you might employ to do a particular service e.g. gardening, laundry services and so on.
Why waste an hour or two of your life when you can simply give an individual key access to the property without having to be there. Naturally, you'll need to trust your service provider, but that is beyond the scope of this article.
While you can leave the key with a neighbour or even give a copy of the key to your cleaner, the most secure way is to grant temporary access for the time duration that access is required. We discuss the best key safes to install in your property, but you could just as easily use one of the methods described above.
2. Maintenance and local contractors to repair items at a property e.g. a gardener
Very much like the above, as long as you trust the individual, then there really isn't any need for you to be at the property. Unless you need to give special instructions for a repair or construction, then leave them to it.
We've often found that we can be a distraction to tradespeople as they'll like to have a quick cigarette and a chat for 5 minutes. Those 5 minutes suddenly become 20 minutes. You're not paying them to discuss what happened on telly last night, so leave them to it!
3. Builders and tradespersons that are undertaking the refurbishment of a house
This could have been grouped into number 2., but here we mean more of the longer-term refurbishments you might need doing at a property.
By now the builder should know what the task is and what works they need to do, so let them get on with it. You're probably paying them for the entire job, so let them dictate their own timetable.
4. Giving Occupants and Visitors Access
For example, children returning home after school could need access to the property if a new door with a new lock was installed during school hours. You might have a temporary situation that demands this temporary solution.
Or it could be that you have your nephlings or grandchildren staying over, then you don't need to be at home if they decide to arrive at your home late.
5. Assisted Living Needs
You might not always be available or be at home for when the professional carer calls by to address your relative's needs who might have health issues. Granting access to the local nurse or carer is much easier like this. To make this point further, in case of something more serious, the emergency services can also gain entry without being forceful if they have a key to hand.
There are probably some situations that we've missed off here, but I think we've covered most scenarios. At the very forefront of your mind, the number one factor to consider is your home security, so ensure you are comfortable with granting human beings access to your property. Trust is key here, so you should demonstrate that to people in have faith in.
About The Author, Reece Thompson
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