Lockbox

Lockbox

A lockbox is a box, usually metal, that holds a key to your front door securely so that only those with a key or a special code to the box are able to gain access to it. Gone are the days when we felt safe leaving a key under the front doormat or with a real estate agent who needs to get in to show your home when it is on the market. It’s important to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of your home.

 

Reasons to have a Lock Box

Real estate agents are not the only professionals who use a lockbox. They are also used for senior citizens who use a call button. In case of a fall or an emergency, the proper medical or other team of needed professionals will be able to get inside when you are not able to open the door to let them in. Other times, lockboxes are used by apartment rental agents or for the purpose of allowing cleaning crews or other workers into the home or building. Basically, they are a handy and secure way of storing a key.

 

Uses for Lock Boxes:

  • When selling a house
  • Senior citizens who need medical personnel to gain access to their home in an emergency
  • Landlords of rental property
  • Service Personnel access

 

Types of Lockboxes

A lockbox used to require a metal key to open, and some are made to be opened with a combination. Most nowadays are opened by using an electronic keypad, which some who had previously become accustomed to using the actual metal key to open it, still refer to as the lockbox key. The electronic codes make it possible to assign a separate code to individuals, and even track the use. Some even send an email or other alert to let you know who just accessed your key. Some real estate agents prefer a Sentrilock that allows you to assign a one-day code that can be programmed remotely and is also beneficial to the home owner should they lock themselves out of their house. Still some are even more technologically savvy and use an iBox which is a lockbox that operates on an infraRed IR system and require no key.

 

Types of lockboxes:

  • Key opened
  • Combination opened
  • Electronic keypad
  • One-day code boxes
  • iBox IR systems

Lock Box

Lock Box Locations

Generally speaking, a lockbox is a mechanism designed to fit around the door handle on the front door. However, depending on the type of lockbox, some allow you to set the lockbox so it will only open during certain hours. Some choose to place the lockbox in a remote location, so it’s not obviously attached to the front door. Remote locations where lockboxes may be placed include the side of the house, the back door, the garage, a gate, or even on a gas meter.

Lock Box Locations:

  • Front Door
  • Side of House
  • Gate
  • Gas Meter
  • Back Door
  • Other remote location

 

Locksmiths and a Lockbox

Not only will a knowledgeable and trusted locksmith will be able to recommend the best lock box for your needs, individual situation and budget, but they also will be there if something goes wrong. They will also be able to help you gain access to your keys should you accidentally lock yourself out of your home. Never hesitate in asking a professional locksmith about any questions you may have regarding locks, keys, or a lock box.