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    Smart and safe home sharing

    May 30, 2017 8:20 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Eliminate worrying how your guests will make it through the front door when you home share. 

     

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    Home-sharing sites like Airbnb, VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) and HomeAway are popular choices for travelers looking for an authentic experience in a new city or something a little more price friendly than a hotel. But as a home-share host, there are a lot of things to take into consideration before opening your home to renters. Most sites provide thorough home-hosting checklists to ensure that you will be comfortable as a host.  A lot of those things revolve around making sure your guests will be comfortable and have all of the amenities they need. When hosting, it is generally smart that you include basics like bed sheets, a wi-fi password and where the extra toilet paper is. But the most important consideration is getting your guests through the front door.

     

    Are you planning on being home to let them in? Will they need you every time they want to come in and out? Will you give them a spare key to your house? That could lead to a lot of problems, like them copying your key, guests waiting at your door, or you losing sleep. Thankfully, Schlage’s keyless locks are the perfect solution for these problems.

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    Don’t worry about being home for check-in

    You won’t ever have to be home for your guests to check-in again. With an electronic lock, you no longer have to give your guest the keys in person. For example, with the Schlage Sense Smart DeadboltTM, you can program a different code for each guest from your smartphone. With their own personal code, your guests can get in and out without you giving them a key or needing a lock box.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: Using the Schlage Sense iPhone App,you can be in total control of your home using the device that’s already in your pocket.

    No learning curve

    One of the best things about Schlage electronic locks is that there is no learning curve for your guests. You don’t have to ask them to download and familiarize themselves with an app prior to arriving at your house. And you don’t have to teach them any difficult technical skills to interact with your lock. With many of the Schlage locks, like the Schlage ConnectTM, all your guest needs to do to get in the door is enter their code into the illuminated touchscreen.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: To keep codes organized, memorable and personal, program the guest’s code as the final four digits of their phone number.

    Know your house is safe

    The best part about using an electronic lock when putting your house on Airbnb, or similar house-sharing sites, is the added layer of safety that it brings. Locks like the Schlage TouchTM take electronic locks one step further by eliminating keys entirely. Not only will your guests feel safer in your home, knowing that you created a lock code specifically for them, but you can also feel safer knowing that with no keyhole, there is no lock for intruders to pick. Schlage electronic locks make hosting home-share guests an easy experience.

     

    Pro Hosting Tip: With Schlage locks like the Sense and Connect, you can set time frames for each code so that as guests leave, their code will expire and they cannot get back into your house.

     

    Have you used a wireless lock while hosting with Airbnb before? Share your hosting tips with us on Facebook.

    Improve home security while boosting curb appeal

    May 16, 2017 2:39 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    4 easy ways to improve home security while boosting curb appeal

    Making a good first impression is important. Whether it's potential buyers or family and friends, your home's curb appeal is the first thing people will notice about your home.

     

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    Making a good first impression is important. Whether it’s potential buyers or family and friends, your home’s curb appeal is the first thing that people will notice about your home. But just as important ­­­is making sure that your home is safe. So, we’ve put together a list of things that you can do to improve both curb appeal and your home’s security.
     

    Landscape

    Landscaping is probably the first thing on everyone’s list when thinking of ways to improve curb appeal. There are a lot of ways to update your landscape and improve the look of your house ranging from fast and inexpensive to big projects that can take time and possibly require outside help. Some of our favorite, smaller projects to quickly improve your garden area are these Better Homes and Gardens suggestions for re-edging your garden plots and creating a new container garden.

     

    While you’re at it, there are also a couple of things that you can do to your landscape to make your home safer. One of those things is trimming your hedges to make sure that they aren’t blocking the sight line to your windows or door. This removes the possibility of an intruder hiding in plain sight of your home. Another thing you can do, especially if you are planning on going out of town, is to make sure that your lawn is maintained. An unkempt lawn can be an invitation to thieves.

    Garage

    Fixing up your garage may not be the top priority when it comes to updating the exterior of your home, but it is a great way to increase your home’s security. Older garage doors may be easier to break into or open from the outside, and some states have standards for garage doors to make sure that they are able to stand up to the weather. If you haven’t ever replaced your garage door, it may not be up to safety standards. Also consider adding a Schlage Touch to your garage door. The keyless deadbolt adds another layer of security to your home without adding an extra key onto your ring.

     

    There are also some easy and affordable projects that you can do for your garage to give it a whole new, more welcoming look. One of our favorites is this faux wood garage door stain from Domestically Speaking. We also love this DIY arbor project that would definitely up your curb appeal.

    Door

    Having a welcoming entrance may be the most important aspect of your home’s curb appeal. Your front door can make or break someone’s impression of your home, so updating it is a quick way to drastically improve the look of your home. You don’t have to get a new front door to make it feel like new though, a coat of paint can do wonders. We suggest painting the door a contrasting color to your house like Camila Pavone did for her front door. While you’re at it, replacing your house numbers can add some extra personality to your front entrance.

     

    Replacing the hardware on your front door is another way to both improve the look of your home and increase security. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is easily installed and not only makes carrying your house keys around unnecessary, it also comes with a built-in alarm to protect your home from any unwanted visitors.

    Lights

    Once you’ve done all the work to improve your home’s curb appeal, it would be a waste if guests could only see it in the daylight. After all, guests tend to come over in the evening. Outdoor lighting can help to highlight all of the best features of your house and yard. Get some outdoor lighting ideas from the DIY Network.

     

    Maybe you don’t have a lot of evening guests or you aren’t all that worried about making sure that people see your landscaping at night. Before dismissing outdoor lighting, consider that a well-lit house is also a deterrent for thieves. Landscape lighting can get rid of the dark areas in your yard that could hide an intruder.

    Have you taken your home’s curb appeal to the next level? Share what you’ve done on our Facebook and Instagram pages for a chance to be featured on our Instagram!

    Choosing the right security grade for your exterior deadbolts and locks

    May 10, 2017 5:54 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    Choosing the right security grade for your exterior deadbolt and locks

    Here's what you need to know to choose the most secure, and stylish deadbolt and locks for each entry point of your home.

     

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    When it comes to exterior door hardware, quality matters for both security and aesthetics. You need to choose a lock you can trust to keep your belongings and loved ones safe and secure. A great bonus is if it happens to enhance the curb appeal of your home too! Here's what you need to know to choose the most secure, and stylish deadbolt and locks for each entry point of your home.

    Door hardware grades

    The first step to finding the most secure exterior door hardware for your home is to look for hardware that has been tested against the highest industry standards, like the BHMA residential grading system. BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories.

    Residential door hardware security grades
    Now that you understand how to find the best possible grade (AAA) for deadbolts and locks, let's take a look at some of our recommended considerations when choosing the best exterior door hardware for each of your home's entry points.

    Front door

     

    The front door is your opportunity to make a lasting first impression. To make a great one, the door hardware definitely matters. Greeting your guests with a handleset whose finish has chipped or faded gives the impression that other details in the home will be neglected. You'll want to choose a deadbolt and handleset with the highest finish rating.

     

    This is also a great opportunity to make sure your home is as secure as possible. You may be surprised to learn that most break-ins happen at the front door. Choose a deadbolt that's been tested for quality against bumping, picking and forced entry. At Schlage, all of our mechanical deadbolts and F-series handlesets are graded AAA for best in residential security, durability and finish.

    Back door

     

    Like many homeowners, you may find that your back door is the most frequently used by family and close friends. Finish and security definitely matter here but you may want to choose a more convenient option as well. A keyless lock at the back door ensures that everyone who needs access to the home has it without hiding a spare that can be spotted by intruders.

     

    Both the Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen deadbolt with alarm and the Schlage SenseTM Smart deadbolt have achieved a AAA grade.

    Interior and exterior garage doors

     

    Convenience definitely matters for garage doors, whether interior or exterior. As we get closer to summer, you may find your list of outdoor projects growing or summer activities increasing. Make it easy to come and go or move tools to and from the garage by choosing a AAA-rated keyless lock that adds convenience and an extra layer of security.

     

    The Schlage TouchTM Keyless Touchscreen deadbolt and lever are perfect for garage doors and are rated best in security, durability and finish (AAA).

    For more information about understanding residential door hardware grading and how the testing is done, visit schlage.com.

    3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

    April 28, 2017 1:36 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    3 reasons smart locks are your best move when moving

    See how a smart lock can make your home more attractive to potential buyers and add convenience to the home selling process.

     

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    There are a lot of things to think about when putting your house up for sale. But have you considered getting a smart lock? Not only can it make your home more attractive to buyers, it can also provide peace of mind during the stressful process.

    1. People in and out of your home

    When you’re selling a home, people are coming and going constantly. Whether it is the realtor showing prospective buyers around or service providers coming to make repairs or clean, it’s impossible for you to be home every time someone needs to get in. Instead of leaving your door unlocked or leaving a key under a plant, a smart lock can keep your house secure while still allowing access to those you trust. You can use an app to program new access codes into the lock, even setting schedules for when those codes can be used. And because you’re notified when they are used, you can keep a better eye on who is in your house and when.

    Why smart locks are great when moving

    2. What buyers look for

    Smart home devices are becoming more in demand and expected for buyers. In a 2016 report, The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) said that 37% of clients find smart locks very important. Installing a smart lock on your front door is a simple and affordable first step towards making your house “smart.” With 42% of surveyed clients saying they are interested in smart home devices, a smart lock is a great way to spark buyers’ interest in your home.

    Importance of smart home devices

    3. Curb appeal

    The first impression is sometimes the only impression when it comes to a potential buyer. While there are plenty of major upgrades that will increase your curb appeal, updating front door hardware is one of the easiest and most noticeable improvements you can make. Use the product selector to find the perfect door hardware for your home and refresh the front of your house in minutes.

    Smart locks increase curb appeal
    Have you already gone keyless or are ready to make the switch? Share with us on Instagram or Facebook why you are going keyless with Schlage or check out our keyless options to see what would work best for your home!

    How to understand BHMA lock security grades

    March 22, 2017 1:07 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    BHMA certified lock security grade

    Learn how to tell which lock is best for you by understanding its grade based on security, durability and finish testing.

     

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    When it comes to choosing the right door hardware for your home, quality and safety matter just as much as the perfect style. That is why Schlage volunteers our door hardware for testing against the highest standards, like the new Builder's Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) residential grading system. Here's what you need to know about the new BHMA Certified Secure HomeTM label you'll see on all of our packaging.

     

    BHMA is a group of industry experts who grade residential door hardware performance in the categories of Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best. A grade of AAA is the best grade possible in all three categories.

    Door hardware security grades

    The categories.

    Security: 

    A measure of safety.

     

    Security refers to the strength of the hardware, and is determined by how well the product can withstand impact while remaining secure. More than a half dozen tests in this category ensure that the lock can hold up against blunt force attacks and attempts to pull it from the door.

     

    Testing requirements measure the hardware’s ability to withstand:

    • Sledgehammer attacks 
    • Attempts to manually pull it from the door 
    • Weight, like a child hanging from a door lever
    BHMA certified label

    Duability: 

    A measure of functionality.

     

    Determined by how well the hardware can withstand repeated, long-term use with thousands of cycles of turning the lock, latching it, unlatching it, and turning it again.

     

    Testing requirements measure:

    • Ease of use when the door changes its fit into the frame as seasonal temperatures rise and fall 
    • Smooth functionality after a lifetime of use (approximate to 100 years of being used 10 times per day) 
    • Resistance to dents, like banging keys or purses against the lock when entering

    Finish: 

    A measure of resilience against the elements.

     

    Evaluation of the surface coating or texture of the hardware and its ability to resist softening, bubbling, peeling, discoloring or corroding over time.

     

    Testing requirements measure resistance to:

    • Scratching 
    • Wear and tear from exposure to elements like salt, humidity and UV rays 
    To know how each product stacks up against these ratings, look for the BHMA certified label above on packaging. How does Schlage rate against this standard? See our guide to lock security grades on schlage.com for more details.

    How to find a reliable locksmith

    August 30, 2016 12:04 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    How to Find a Reliable Locksmith | Schlage

    Wondering how to choose a locksmith that is trustworthy? Here are a few tips and red flags to look out for when choosing a reliable locksmith.


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    More often than not, you’ll only need a locksmith at the most inconvenient time. If you’re like many of us, you don’t think about finding a reliable locksmith until an emergency occurs. You haven’t had the luxury of building a relationship with someone you'll be trusting with a most important job, your home’s security.
     

    The first thing you’ll do is Google search a locksmith in your area. What next? How do you know if the locksmiths at the top of the search results are reliable?

    How to find a reliable locksmith | Schlage

    Here are a few tips when finding a reliable locksmith:

    • Locksmiths should have a valid state locksmith license or registration. Make sure to ask for this upon obtaining service.

    • Some states require locksmiths to be licensed or registered. Ask if your state requires a license or registration, and say you want to see it when the locksmith arrives. Findalocksmith.com is a website sponsored by Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) and only features professional locksmiths who are registered.

    • Your locksmith should double check you are who you say you are. They should ask to see a valid ID and proof of residence/ownership. This is done to protect all parties involved.

    • Ask the locksmith to bring a written estimate of the total cost. If it seems low, confirm that is covers all fees such as service call, labor, replacement parts or mileage.

    • Find out if the locksmith has insurance to cover your losses in case your property is damaged during a repair.

    • Ask for the locksmith’s identification and business card. Make sure the information on the business card matches the company name on the invoice.

    • If the locksmith says it’s necessary to drill your lock and replace it, think about hiring a different person. A skilled, legitimate locksmith has invested in tools and education and should have the skills to unlock almost any door.

    • If the service was good, save the number in case there’s a next time and leave a positive review on their website or digital listing – for the next person in the same emergency.
    What tips do you have for hiring a trustworthy locksmith? Comment below to let us know. Be sure to visit the Schlage Security Center for more tips to keep your home safe and secure.

    Avoid these common home security mistakes

    August 23, 2016 12:04 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Avoid these common home security mistakes | Schlage

    Home security systems can protect your home. However, human error often undermine these practices. Here are a few common home security mistakes to avoid.


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    Home security systems can protect your home. However, human error often undermine these practices. Here are a few common home security mistakes to avoid.
    Avoid these common home security mistakes | Schlage

    Hiding a spare key.

    Burglars know to check places such as a lawn ornament, rock or chair. Even first-timers know to check under the doormat. If for some reason you need to leave a key outside for an emergency, bury it in a place that’s not obvious and where you won’t forget, or ditch the key altogether by opting for a touchscreen or keypad deadbolt.

    Leaving doors unlocked.

    Nearly one third of break-ins in the U.S. happen due to unlocked entrances. Even though it’s obvious, burglars use the front or rear doors most often. Be sure to lock both. A garage door is the next easiest way to break into a house. Burglars can use a coat hanger to pull the emergency release lever to open it manually. If leaving on vacation, get out of your car and use the key lock on your garage door. A few extra minutes could be the difference.

    Forgetting to lock windows.

    Doors are obvious and easiest to remember. Windows tend to slip our minds and remain unlocked and/or open in many homes.  A good way to avoid this mistake is installing a locking mechanism you can open from the inside without a key to secure the windows. Also, do not forget to secure basement windows if you have any – these often go overlooked and create an easy entrance for burglars.

    Poor lighting.

    If lights are off inside and outside your home, it’s lets everyone know you’re not home. Add automated lighting inside so lights can come on even if you’re not around. Also, be sure to add motion sensor lights outside your home. It will help your electric bill as well as deter any would be burglars approaching your home.

    Being obvious that you're on vacation.

    Stay quiet on Social Media. Don’t post pictures of your toes in the sand with an ocean in the background. Be careful to post anything on social media when you’re away from home, especially on open networks like Twitter and Instagram which anyone can search.

    6 best practices to keep your electronic lock safe and secure

    July 18, 2016 4:59 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    6 Best Practices to Keep Your Electronic Lock Safe and Secure

    Electronic deadbolt locks are a great way to make life more convenient and provide added security to your home when you follow these 6 steps.

     

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    Smart home technology is quickly rising in popularity as homeowners choose products and devices that not only make day-to-day activities more convenient, but also give them peace of mind. When it comes to outfitting your home with this technology, it pays to understand the steps you should take to enjoy the features and benefits to the fullest. Here are six best practices that will ensure your electronic deadbolt lock is as safe and secure as possible.
    6 Best Practices to Keep Your Electronic Lock As Safe and Secure as Possible | Schlage

    1. Choose a secure access code / PIN

    When choosing an access code for your electronic deadbolt, be sure to choose a combination that you are able to remember but cannot be easily guessed by others. Follow best practices for secure access codes by choosing a combination that does not have repeat numbers and consider choosing a long code instead of short.

    2. Keep an eye on the battery life

    Each of the Schlage electronic keyless locks displays a low battery warning well in advance of the battery dying. While you'll have plenty of time to make the switch, it's important not to put this off too long to avoid being locked out. As a best practice, we recommend you go ahead and change the battery once a year when you change the batteries in the smoke detectors in your home.

    3. Store user codes in a secure location

    Keeping track of all the user codes you've set up and knowing whether or not you've deactivated any outdated ones is key to keeping your lock secure. If you're using one of our connected deadbolt locks, you can keep track of these codes through the Schlage app but a great best practice is to have a backup log. Consider storing your codes in a spreadsheet or notepad and keeping that backup in a secure location.

    4. Lock your smart phone

    With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can talk to unlock using a compatible iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It's important to set up a passcode on these devices so no one is able to freely access the Schlage Sense app.

    5. Find a home for the backup mechanical key

    In the event that your battery does die before you are able to change it, all of Schlage's electronic deadbolt locks come equipped with a reliable backup, such as a mechanical key or a 9V battery. Be sure to place these backups in a secure location that can be accessed when you need them.

    6. Leverage safety features

    Both the Schlage Sense lock and Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt come equipped with additional features designed to keep your home safe. Whether or not you choose to embrace remote connectivity in your lock, you can still take advantage of the unique features such as built-in alarm technology and auto-lock. With the built-in alarm, you can set your deadbolt to trigger an alarm anytime the lock is tampered with or a significant amount of force is applied to the door. With auto-lock, you can rest easy knowing your lock is set to automatically lock after a given period of time that you define after it has been unlocked. No more worrying if you locked the door on your way out.
    For more detailed step-by-step instructions for setting up each of the features mentioned above, visit our How-to-Center or check out our videos on YouTube.

    Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation

    July 13, 2016 3:58 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Home Security Steps You Should Take Before Leaving for Vacation

    Don't let your home be vulnerable to intruders while you're away on summer vacation this year. Take these 5 home security steps before you leave.

     

     

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    Tis the season for family vacations and getting away from the daily grind to enjoy a relaxing retreat away from home. If you're planning a summer vacation this year, take one more worry off your list by ensuring your home is as safe and secure as possible. Here are 5 home security steps you should take before you find your home away from home.
    Home Security Steps You Should Take Before Leaving for Vacation | Schlage
     

    1. Proper lighting

    A well-lit home is one of the best defenses against intruders. With recent advances in smart home technology, you can install a lighting system that turns on and off in intervals so your home is never left looking unoccupied. For a more affordable option, consider installing motion sensor lighting near your home's entry points. If you have a family member or friend taking care of pets or plants, ask them to turn random lights on and off throughout the home to get the same effect the smart lighting would give.

    2. Keyless locks

    Keyless electronic locks not only make your day-to-day more convenient but offer peace of mind when you're away. If you choose a smart lock, like the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can check in remotely and make sure your doors are locked at all times. You can even manage custom user codes if the need arises for someone to need access to your home while you're away.

    3. Cameras

    If being able to check in and see what is happening at your home is important to you, consider installing a few wifi-enabled security cameras. With remote capabilities, you can view what is happening at your home no matter where you are in the world.

    4. Garage security

    Don't forget to secure your garage before you go. With a smart garage door opener and keyless technology on entry doors, you can be confident that the garage is not a weak spot for your home.

    5. Look active

    Just like we mentioned with the lights an your home, giving the impression that the home is occupied is the best defense. Make sure you ask the post office to hold your mail until you return or have a friend or family member pick it up for you. You should also arrange for someone to maintain the landscaping and cut the grass if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time.

    What steps do you like to take to secure your home before leaving for vacation? Comment below to let us know!

    5 easy ideas for a more organized and secure garage

    July 12, 2016 3:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage

    Enjoy a more carefree summer by building an organized and secure garage space. Check out these 5 easy garage security and storage solution ideas.

     

     

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    Now that summer is in full swing and schedules are filling up from kid's activities and vacations to home improvement projects and social gatherings, it's a great time to make sure your home is organized, secure and ready to handle whatever the season throws its way. For many, the garage can be a source of stress as tools and toys are in disarray or even anxiety over forgetting to close the garage door. Here are a few of our favorite organization and security tips that you can incorporate in no time and enjoy a worry-free summer.

     

    1. Avoid leaning items against the wall

    When it comes to storing rakes, shovels, brooms and more, it's easy to lean these items against the wall and walk away. It becomes a pain when one wrong move causes a domino effect and they all come crashing down. Assign a designated, secure location for each of these items by hanging hooks or try this DIY storage solution using old pallets. Get the full tutorial from HomeTalk.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage

     

    2. Create a workspace

    If you're the type of homeowner that likes to create and build things, then an exterior workspace is a definite need for you. Unfortunately, many homeowners tend to store way too much in the garage, making valuable real estate for working hard to come by. That's why we love this idea from Home-Dzine for a worktable that easily folds down to make room for vehicles or anything else you need to store when the workspace is not in use. Check out how simple it is to build your own fold-down worktable with this complete tutorial that saves time and money by recycling an old hollow-core door.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage

     

    3. Place barely used items out of sight

    Remove the stress of digging through piles of unused items looking for the one you actually need by keeping this clutter out of sight. Use the space near the ceiling in your garage to build shelving and store these items in bins. Take it another step and include a label to tell you what's inside without having to remove the bin to find out. We're big fans of this suspended shelving idea from The Family Handyman.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage

    4. Keep toys and sporting equipment organized

    Scrambling to find the kid's sports gear while running late to practice is a scene many parents know too well. Create a designated space for these items to help reduce the likelihood they could be misplaced and avoid having toys and gear strewn about. If your garage has exposed studs, use them to your advantage like Wendy of Designed to Dwell and create this easy storage system for gear and toys.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage
     

    5. Upgrade your garage security

    How many times have you left the house and wondered if you remembered to close the garage door? Even worse, you also forgot to lock the door leading from the interior of your home. With a smart garage device, you can check the status of the garage door and even command it to close remotely. Take security up another notch by installing a keyless electronic lock. This will ensure you and the kids will always have easy access but with features like auto-lock or even smart solutions, you can rest easy knowing your door is always locked.
    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage | Schlage

     

    What other storage solutions or security tips do you have for the garage? Comment below to let us know!