Smart Door locks

Matthew147
Level 3
Chicago, IL

Smart Door locks

Hi Everyone - 

 

We're closing on our first Airbnb rental next week and going to be updating the property, so I wanted to ask a couple of questions about the smart home features - specifically locks.  

 

I've been researching alot of the smart home locks and these look like they're going to be awesome as we'll be managing our property from afar (rental is in FL and we live in Chicago).  Some of the ones that I'm considering:

 

  1. August  - wondering if we would need the keypad and door lock as well.
  2. Schlage Connect + Wink Hub - have some friends that use this on their rentals here in Chicago
  3. Kwikset Kevo - This is probably the bottom of the list

I'm concerned with some of them that require a smartphone app (of course they have a backup key) as some of our renters may not be techno-savvy.  Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated!

 

Thanks!

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Kimberly607
Level 2
New Berlin, WI

We installed a ring doorbell and then when we went to install a door lock, realized our wifi was not strong enough and would not work. We contacted a company that helped us get our wifi up to speed for door locks and also boost our signal for guests, while protecting all of our wifi devices from being hacked. We installed the Schlage Encode and it works great! 

 

This is the company that helped us:

https://www.lumoswifi.com/friends/hospitality/

Sharon683
Level 9
Los Angeles, CA

I have the schlage and it work great. What ever you decide ti purchase make sure it has the key pad with the a key access.   If you do not change the battery in time you will not be able to enter. Make sure you have the key access. 

Sdl2
Level 1
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In order to provide convinient maintanence on your key on the main door, you might want to consider installing smart door lock. It give both hosts and guests to access to the air bnb very easy by just changing password of smart door lock. For more information how to install this smart door lock, you can visit website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDqnlFx9X8k&t=1s

Thanks.

Anneke-And-Jim0
Level 3
Peekskill, NY

Hi there! Welcome to the Airbnb world with lots of highs and lows.

First of all: I would not use a Smart lock as there are too many travelers who are not that tech-savvy. We use Schlage Keypad Deadbolts at our properties and find that 99% of the travelers have no problems.

 

Secondly, you absolutely have to have outstanding cleaners and a handyman or the average Airbnb customer will not be happy. People complain about the smallest speck of dust, dirty bbq, tiny spot on a towel, small stain on a pillowcase, etc.

 

Even with outstanding helpers, we still have to put eyes on our properties at least every 3-4 weeks.

 

Good luck!

Jim and Anneke
Oliver562
Level 1
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Yale Security‎ is also a great lock. This product has saved me so much time and hassle. I purchased this for our Airbnb in our in-law suite. Users can use their Apple watch/smartphone via the Yale app or the keypad to unlock their door.  

William1440
Level 1
United States

Here talking about smart door locks as I am using August Smart Lock Pro +

Debra300
Level 10
Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Hassan125
Level 1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I have nt come across a lock  that works yet fo holiday homes in Dubai

browse http://keysplease.ae
Devin-and-Sarah0
Level 3
Calgary, Canada

Hi Matthew, we have always loved using Yale, Schlage or Kwikset. Currently have a Schlage on our listing in Canada. For more information and sources here's a great article to cover everything. https://airbnbuniverse.com/smart-locks-for-airbnb/


Devin & Sarah, Superhost and Bloggers
Adam784
Level 2
Pentewan, United Kingdom

I've been using the Yale Keyless and it works well. I just upgraded with Z-Wave, SmartThings and the Rental Lock Automator from RBoy Apps. It generates a code from your iCal entry - populated by AirBNB - and automatically sets and deletes it based on the booking. Very happy so far.

 

If AirBNB would provide the full phone number in iCal, it will also message the client with the details.

Juan63
Level 10
San Antonio, TX

Both my listings are smart homes, from the doors, to the lights, music, etc.. My favorite lock by far is the Nest Yale deadbolt with keypad. The software is great and for me the fact that it turns off the nest alarm too, is amazing! Works great with all our google devices too. Best part is your guest doesn't have to sign up for anything like August.

Danielle476
Level 10
Toronto, Canada

We've been using August for a year now.  At first, I had guests sign up to access the lock, but now I just unlock it remotely when they buzz into my building.  Saves me from sending them sign-up requests, getting their phone numbers, allotting specific access, etc.  I have to buzz them into the building when they arrive so it takes me another 5 seconds to open my app and unlock the door.  The keys are inside and I lock up when they check out.  No issues so far!

Jerry270
Level 2
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now in the market, there are intelligent locks specifically made for airbnb. Technology is totally mature this year (2019)and you can search " rallartech " on google to get the original supplier at very low cost. 

Jessica384
Level 4
Milw, WI

I've been using August for the past few months. No issues, no codes to remember. I just remind guests to sign up.

Juan63
Level 10
San Antonio, TX

As a guest I would really dislike the necessity to sign up.

Kim567
Level 2
Hatteras, NC

We are interviewing Neome.co now as a possible solution. Thanks to whomever in this thread recommended this. Looks like Neome sets up your remote lock and offers some other neat features. It seems as though the fee is up to $20 per month.

 

One advantage is that the code is synced with your calendar and sent to the guest. They also notify your house keepers when a booking has occurred and lets them choose to accept a cleaning. 

 

The also offer a leak detector. 

 

I was told you need to purchase the Samsung Smart Home Hub in addition to the lock and or other digital devices you want to use. 

 

We will also be installing CCTV or webcam at the entrance. 

 

FYI, we are pretty sure someone made a copy of a key from our lockbox and accessed the rental on another night(s) when the unit was occupied. This would be easy enough because our calendar is clearly visible and shows what nights are open. Our housekeeper picked up on a couple of things, one, the blinds were in a different position, and then we had a guest arrive to  a mussed bed after we had cleaned 2 days prior. 

 

Thanks for thoughts on Neome or other options. Cheers! 

 

David4394
Level 2
Mountain View, CA

I installed a Yale smart lock for my airbnb years ago so each guest has their own private code but then it became a headache to remember to rotate the codes per guest.  I now use Neome (neome.co) which does that for me and notifies my guest which save me time.  They also control and limit my thermostat which is a bonus to save energy.  Smart devices are good but it better to have it linked to your airbnb to automate the controls of it.

Tomas147
Level 2
null

Check the Danalock and Yale door locks

Devin-and-Sarah0
Level 3
Calgary, Canada

It is nearly impossible to find a smart lock that has been fully integrated with Airbnb. The closest you can get is controlling your smart lock remotely via apps. Either with Z-Wave technology or August RemoteLock software. 

 

If you guys are looking for a great review on brand named smart locks using Z-Wave or Remotelock then I found this blog post useful for choosing. https://www.airbnbuniverse.com/smart-locks-for-airbnb

 

They break down Z-Wave series from Schlage, Yale, and Kwikset or August smart locks. Enjoy!


Devin & Sarah, Superhost and Bloggers
Виталий5
Level 2
Moscow, Russia

On Aliexpress, if you enter airbnb in the search, then there will be interesting code locks and inexpensive. Even the t-shirt))

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