Nov 21, 2016|

How to Safely Provide Guest Access to Your Home on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather together, eat a traditional meal and enjoy one another's company. Many times, Thanksgiving guests travel far distances to spend the four-day weekend with their loved ones. Out-of-towners often cherish spending time in close quarters with family, which makes the holiday even more special. Providing guest access to your home is generally a simple task, but sharing secure information must be done properly to avoid a security breach.

Giving your family access

Smart home systems are found in a growing number of houses around the country. When a home security system is in place, almost everything can be simply controlled with a phone or a tablet, including providing guest access to holiday visitors.

Home security systems allow the homeowner to create individual user codes for each family member, which lets the homeowner know when different family members access the door locks. Each time someone uses one of the door codes, an email or text message alert can be sent sharing who just entered the house.

Avoiding a security breach

Providing unique user codes to visitors is convenient, but it can create security issues if not monitored carefully. As the number of people who have access to your home increases, the risk of potential break-ins grows. Using a home security system allows you to manage the access level each user code has. This means it's possible to have someone unlock the house without disarming it.

With the installation of a smart lock, you can provide guests their own temporary codes to get in if you're not home when they arrive. As soon as they leave, the code can be removed, securing your home once again.

Guest access to your home can work smoothly with the right security system in place. There aren't keys to exchange and house guests will have the freedom and flexibility to come and go as they please. When the holiday weekend ends, all unique user codes can be deleted and the home returned to its original secure state.

Contact Vivint to learn how smart home technology can help make hosting guests stress-free.

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