Would you trust a smart lock to let Amazon delivery drivers in when you're not at home?

Fed up of missing parcel deliveries? A smart lock and the Key by Amazon app could be the answer to your woes

Would you use a smart lock to let an Amazon driver in to delivery parcels when you're out?
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Would you use a smart lock to let a delivery driver in to your house when you're out, just so you don't miss a parcel? According to Amazon, it's the solution to all those missed parcels you have to collect from your grumpy neighour/ local delivery office. 

Simply invest in a smart lock from an approved supplier, such as Yale, Schlage or Kwikset and then download the Key by Amazon app. This lets you track your deliveries and alerts you when the driver is outside your house, so you can log on as they let themselves in, drop off the parcel, and let themselves back out.

If you've never even heard of a smart lock, let's go back to basics. These are locks installed on your existing door that turn your smartphone into a key. Watch the new episode of the Real Homes Show now for our beginner's guide to how they work. Just skip to 8mins 30secs.

With a smart lock, you can let people in to your house, even if you're on the beach in Australia (so long as you have an internet connection, of course). Amazon has cottoned on to the potential to use these locks to stop missed deliveries. Using Key by Amazon, it says, will 'let packages be delivered safely inside your doorstep for free. You'll receive notifications every step of the way for complete peace of mind.'

You can even link your smart lock with a Ring video doorbell to watch the delivery and block it at any time if you realise you've left the dog loose or are too embarrassed about the mess.

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Laura Crombie

Laura Crombie is a journalist and TV presenter. She has written about homes and interiors for the last 17 years and was Editor of Real Homes before taking on her current position as Content Director for Country Homes & Interiors, 25 Beautiful Homes Period Living and Style at Home. She's an experienced home renovator and is currently DIY-renovating a 1960s house in Worcestershire. She's been quoted on home design and renovating in The Times, The Guardian, The Metro and more. She's also a TV presenter for QVC and has been a commentator for Channel 4 at Crufts dog show.