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    25+ things you need the first night in your new home.

    June 20, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 20, 2022


    After an exhausting day of moving, make sure these items are accessible first. Here’s what you’ll need the first night in your new home.



    One of the most common moving mistakes is thinking that we have to buy all the new furniture and unpack all the boxes and get all the décor just right as soon as we get the keys. In reality, moving is more of a marathon, not a sprint, and in many cases, you’re better off living in the house for a bit before you make any lasting design decisions. However, there are some items you’ll want from the very start. Here are 25 things you need the first night in your new home.
    Young girl moving into new home with family and Schlage smart lock on the door.


    New locks

    Replace the locks on your new home ASAP. It’s impossible to know if the previous owner handed over all the keys or if there’s still a spare floating around out there. Protect what matters most – your new investment, your family, all of your belongings – with high-quality deadbolts. To help choose the right locks for you, try Schlage’s Product Selector. Or if you have your eye on a smart lock, use our Smart Lock Selector to find the one that fits your family’s lifestyle.

    Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

    Test the smoke and CO alarms in your home right away. Even if they’re functioning, replace the batteries to be on the safe side. If there aren’t detectors, install them immediately. At a minimum, there should be detectors on each floor of your house, ideally in or just outside bedrooms, and in the basement. also recommends installing a carbon monoxide detector in or near the garage if it is attached to the house.

    Fire extinguisher

    Like smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, it’s best to have a fire extinguisher on hand at all times in case of emergency. Place extinguishers in the kitchen, garage and in other areas with a high risk of fire. If your home came with a fire extinguisher, check its expiration date and replace as necessary.

    Safety gear

    Even if you bought a move-in ready home, you’ll still have a few projects to tackle. It might simply be hanging pictures or assembling furniture. Safety gear can even be helpful when moving boxes from one room to the next. Gloves, a face mask to protect against inhaling dust or paint fumes, and goggles are a good place to start. And don’t forget a fully stocked first aid kit. Find more ideas for safety gear to protect you during all kinds of DIY projects.


    Even if you’re not storing the family jewels (we should all be so lucky), a lockbox is a good place to store irreplaceable items. Maybe it is jewelry, but it could also be birth certificates and medical records, home insurance information or electronics. Consider a box that is fireproof and water resistant to protect your belongings during natural disasters, not just from intruders.

    Cleaning supplies

    Trash bags

    Takeout containers, packing peanuts, the dust you vacuumed up. It all has to go somewhere. This is a good time to buy the heavy-duty bags, too.

    Rubber gloves

    Unless the house was cleaned professionally before you moved in, you’re going to want to give it a deep scrub. Rubber gloves will make some of those nasty jobs a little more tolerable.


    It’s a good idea to disinfect everything, from those high-touch surfaces like door hardware and light switches to the refrigerator, insides of cabinets and bathroom fixtures. Pay special attention to which solutions are safe for certain surfaces, though. For example, familiarize yourself with the best cleaners for granite countertops if that’s new to you. Not all disinfectants are created equally.

    Sponges, rags, scrubbers

    A variety of rags will also come in handy. Include durable abrasive sponges for outdoor use like cleaning patio furniture, dishrags for cleaning kitchen supplies before you put them away and microfiber cloths for cleaning glass and mirrors on your supply list.

    HVAC filters

    This might not be at the top of your list, but you stir up a lot of dust and dirt when moving, especially if you’re doing any kind of renovations. A fresh filter will remove particles from the air more efficiently, saving you energy and money.


    Hammer and screwdriver

    These are basics for any tool box, but we think they’re two of the real powerhouses when you move. It’s hard to find a basic DIY or assembly project that doesn’t require at least a hammer or screwdriver.

    Variety of hardware

    You should be able to find a kit at any home improvement store with nails, screws and bolts of various sizes. Even if you don’t plan on doing renovation immediately, having some spare hardware could turn out to be a lifesaver when you go to assemble the bed and find you lost a screw in the move.

    Utility knife

    It’s amazing how often you need a knife when you move, whether it’s opening boxes or trimming shelf liners down to size or removing zip ties. A pair of kitchen shears won’t … ahem … cut it, so get a quality utility knife.

    Tape measure

    Will the couch fit on that wall? Will the curtain rods be long enough? What dimensions should the new rug be? A tape measure can answer all these questions.


    Some people like to hang artwork right away to make it feel like home. Or maybe you need to mount your tv or a mirror on the wall. A level will help you make sure it’s straight and looking good from the start.


    Bed and mattress

    If you’ve moved before, you know how exhausting it is. Have a comfortable place to rest your head at night and recover. Focus on quality. As Apartment Therapy points out, home décor trends come and go, but a good mattress will always be in style.

    Comfortable, quality couch

    Like your bed, you’re going to get a lot of use out of a sofa. This is another piece of furniture you’ll be glad you invested in. Don’t skimp, and avoid buying second-hand if you can. A quality couch should last – and be comfortable – for years to come.


    We intentionally left this one a bit vague. Just know that a table, whether it’s for the dining room, your eat-in kitchen or even just a coffee table, will immediately come in handy more than you might think. It’s where you’ll sit to relax with a glass of wine and Chinese takeout, sort through all the hardware while you assemble furniture and entertain the kids with games or craft projects while unpacking.

    Lamps and lightbulbs

    Late night unpacking sessions are better when you’re not sitting in the dark. Make sure you have a few lamps for rooms that don’t have built-in overhead lighting and lightbulbs for those that do.

    Window treatments

    Naked windows are not the way to introduce yourself to new neighbors. Get blinds, curtains or both, and the sooner the better.

    Odds and ends

    Clothes hangers

    As you unpack your clothes, you’ll want to hang them up right away, not simply transfer them from a box to the bed so you can’t lay down later. Plus, getting organized is immensely satisfying. Let hangers provide that easy win when everything else feels a mess.

    Bathroom goods

    Top of the list here is toilet paper, a shower curtain and bath towels. We know they’re obvious, but sometimes those are the very things that get overlooked until it’s too late.


    Do we really need to explain this? We will say that it’s 100% worth spending the extra money for a professional grade plunger.

    Extension cord and power strip

    We like to think of these as the duct tape of the electrical world. Whether it’s to power your laptop from the couch until your office is set up or because your new home simply doesn’t have as many outlets as the last one, an extension cord and power strip can provide immeasurable convenience.

    Pet gate

    Moving can be overstimulating or downright terrifying for our furry friends. Give them a safe retreat. That could be their own room or a pet gate that gives them access to the yard while still keeping them out of harm’s way while you set up house.

    Nice to haves

    These last three don’t have to be at the top of your priority list, but we’re also pretty sure you won’t regret them.

    Console table

    Your entryway décor might be one of the last things on your mind during a move. However, a console table or hooks in the foyer can help you stay organized when you’re probably feeling exceptionally disorganized. Don’t be late for work after you move because you lost your keys. Have a safe place to keep them by the door.

    Indoor plants

    Do you need houseplants when you first move? No. But can they make your new space feel cozier? Absolutely. They’ll add a bit of color and maybe help you fend off the loneliness that moving to a new area can sometimes create.

    Handyman phone numbers:

    It’s always good to have the contact information for a local plumber, electrician and locksmith. Hopefully you won’t need them right away, but you’ll be glad you do if you lose power or the toilet overflows during your move.

    Did you find this list helpful? Check out our full moving checklist and more real estate resources at


    7 ways to conserve water outdoors for a healthy yard.

    June 15, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 15, 2022

    Conserve water outdoors

    If you’re looking to reduce your water bill or be more sustainable, use these tips for conserving water in your lawn and garden.



    Many of us have invested more money and DIY muscle into our outdoor spaces than usual in the last few years, and some of the most common projects have been improving our landscaping and adding water features. As much as those do for your curb appeal, they might also be using a lot of water. If you’re looking to reduce your water bill or be more sustainable, use these tips for conserving water outdoors in your lawn and garden.
    Toddler standing next to lawn sprinkler.

    Know how to care for your lawn

    Keeping your grass green can be a major, and thirsty, undertaking depending on where you live. To save water on your lawn, choose the right kind of grass for your region. Some varieties require more water than others. You might even choose to skip the grass or limit it. Instead of seeding your entire yard, install a patio or deck to minimize your lawncare. You could also swap out the grass for gravel or pebbles in part or all of your yard like you often see in the Southwest.


    When mowing your grass, do so less frequently and don’t cut it quite so short. With longer grass, you give the root system a chance to dive deeper. That should help it stay green longer without you running the sprinklers all the time.

    Keep an eye on irrigation

    Speaking of sprinklers, you have lots of ways to be smart about your irrigation and conserve water. First, try an automated irrigation system. It could be as basic as setting it on a timer so that you don’t (wastefully) overwater your plants. For a more sophisticated route, choose a connected sprinkler. Many of these now connect to the internet and can pull weather data for your region. If rain is in the forecast, it will automatically stop watering your garden until it’s needed again. These smart sprinklers also have other features that help you monitor water usage, so you can be even more environmentally friendly.


    If you’re more into traditional watering methods, try rain barrels, which let you recycle what nature already provides, or drip irrigation. Drip irrigation has an additional benefit in that it makes sure you’re watering the soil, not the leaves of your plants. This is a good tip to remember when you’re using a watering can on your container plants, too. Dousing the leaves doesn’t get the water where it’s needed most. Plus, moisture on the leaves can often cause them to get moldy and rot.


    When you run your irrigation is important, too. In the middle of the day when it’s hottest means more water will evaporate before it reaches your plants’ roots. Aim to water your garden later in the day when it’s cooler, even after the sun goes down.

    Choose plants that use less water

    Just like you want to choose the right grass for your lawn, the plants you choose for your garden can dramatically affect your water usage. Native plants often require less watering because they’re naturally suited for your climate. Trying to keep ferns hydrated enough to survive in an arid climate is next to impossible without constant watering.


    You can also choose low water-use plants. Some varieties are more resistant to droughts naturally. These typically include plants with silver leaves – silver reflects sunlight more than green – or with small, hairy leaves, which hold on to moisture longer. Need some ideas? Think succulents or Purple Russian sage, for example.

    Mulch for moisture retention

    Ground cover can help keep your soil moist as well. Mulch is a common method. It simply reduces the amount of water that evaporates back into the air. You can also use permeable gravel or pebbles.


    Your compost can do wonders in this department, too, especially if your soil is naturally sandy or has lots of clay. The compost helps improve drainage so that water can reach plant roots as well as adds important nutrients to keep greens extra healthy.

    Hardscape to be easy on the environment

    What is hardscaping? According to The Spruce, hardscaping is “all of the non-living elements in landscaping, such as a brick patio, a stone wall, or a wooden arbor.” It can also be your driveway, a bench or brick pavers. When it comes to conserving water, choose permeable building materials. Pavers that let rain water drip through to the underlying soil, for example, will help keep your yard healthy and reduce unnecessary rain runoff.


    Container gardens skirt the boundary between hardscape and softscape – the living elements of your yard. The material you choose for your plant containers can influence how much watering you need to do. Terra cotta is always a classic, beautiful option. Because the baked clay material is porous, the soil may dry out more quickly than if you use plastic pots, however. That’s not always a bad thing depending on your climate and the type of plant, but take water needs into consideration when deciding how to build a container garden.

    Be wise with water features

    Fountains are a great way to add visual interest to your garden as well as the soothing sounds of flowing water. Unfortunately, they can also be total water hogs. There are ways that you can have your favorite water feature without doing major damage to the environment, though.


    First, pick a cool location for your fountain. Place it in the shade of your home, under a tree or surrounded by tall vegetation. The warmer the water gets, the quicker it will evaporate and the more you’ll have to refill your fountain. Next, opt for a cascading fountain instead of one that sprays up. Again, this is about limiting evaporation. Also, the higher the spray, the more water will simply blow away in a breeze.


    Finally, maintain your fountain. The same goes for ponds, pools and water spigots. Fix leaks, cracks and drips to keep them all running efficiently.


    Obviously, you can reuse rain water and thankfully, there are other ways you can recycle. Use the water from your home’s dehumidifier to hydrate your plants. You can also use leftover cooking water in some cases, like after you make pasta.

    There are so many ways we can use our homes to improve water usage, be more energy efficient and do our part to help the environment. Get more ideas and tips at the Schlage blog, whether it’s bug-friendly DIY projects you can do with the kids, how to be green during your renovation or building a passive home.


    Reuse, trash or recycle? How to dispose of yard and DIY waste.

    June 10, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 10, 2022

    Yard waste disposal

    Make sure you know how to dispose of debris and extra supplies to keep your home and the environment healthy.



    You’ve completed a DIY project and you’re so proud to be done! Then you look at the mess that still needs to be cleaned up. Home improvement projects often leave debris behind, like extra supplies, materials from demolition and other scraps. Make sure you know how to dispose of them – reuse, trash or recycle – to keep your home and the environment healthy.
    New home build with dumpster for material waste.

    Where to get rid of yard waste

    Yard waste

    The EPA estimated in 2018 that we generated more than 35 million tons of yard trimmings, making yard waste the fifth-largest kind of municipal solid waste collected that year. If you don’t compost your yard waste to use it in your garden next season, take it to a local composting center – a waste collection center that accepts organic material – or arrange for a waste removal service to pick it up. Your community might have a designated yard waste pick-up day, or you can hire a pro on-demand. In most cases you can compost grass clippings, leaves, out-of-season annuals from your container garden, and tree and brush trimmings.

    Gardening chemicals

    Fertilizer, herbicides and other chemicals used in gardening should never be poured down the drain. This is illegal in most areas as they can contaminate drinking water. Instead, take them to a hazardous waste disposal center or ask your local gardening store if they are able to dispose of it for you.

    Treated wood

    Most furniture, fencing and decking material is treated or painted, meaning it’s now coated with toxic chemicals. Those chemicals make it harder for the wood to break down, and even when it does, the toxins can enter the environment. If you can’t reuse the wood for another project or donate it, call your local waste agency and ask if they have a lined landfill that will reduce toxins entering the environment. Your trash service might also pick up pressure-treated wood, but don’t be surprised if there’s an additional fee. Do not burn treated wood in a trash heap or bonfire.


    If you dug a hole for a tree or a water feature, you now have extra soil. Your best bet is to reuse it in your own garden or see if your neighbors need it. Use it to create a landscaping feature like a raised bed or earth berm.

    Bag of yard waste

    How to dispose of broken DIY tools

    Power tools

    If a tool still works, consider donating it. Churches, schools and theater groups may be able to use them for maintenance or to build props. If the tool is broken, take it to a power tool dealer. They will often recycle it properly for you. You can also remove and recycle rechargeable batteries – usually the most hazardous part of the tool in terms of environmental impact – and trash the tool.


    Mechanical tools – AKA those not requiring batteries or that don’t need to be plugged in – can usually be recycled as scrap metal. In addition to tools like screwdrivers, wrenches and hammers, include nails, screws and bolts in this category.

    Lawn mowers

    Step one is to drain gas and oil if you have a gas-powered mower. The gas and oil should be taken to a hazardous waste disposal center. (More on that in a minute.) The rest of the mower can then be taken to a scrap metal recycler. Follow the same guidelines for weedwhackers, other powered trimmers, snowblowers and leaf blowers. Electric mowers have rechargeable batteries and other electrical components that should be treated as hazardous e-waste. Do not dispose of it with your regular garbage.

    Propane tanks

    Your safest bet for disposing propane tanks is to contact a licensed propane dealer or hazardous waste facility. Some communities will accept them with the trash if they’re empty and de-pressurized. If you’re replacing the tank for your grill, the store where you get the new one may be able to take the empty tank, too.

    Man working on old push lawnmower.

    How to dispose of DIY debris

    Paint and wood stain

    Water-based latex paint can be thrown out with your regular trash if you let it dry completely or mix it with a hardening agent first. All other paints and stains should be taken to a hazardous waste collection point. For more, check out our guide to safely storing and disposing of paint and supplies.


    Whether you changed the oil in your car or used it as lubricant for your power tools, take the leftover or used oil to a recycling facility. Transport it in a leak-proof container. Oil recycling centers will usually take used oil filters, too. Used oil is slow to degrade and often contains toxic chemicals and heavy metals that, when they reach waterways, can contaminate drinking water sources and harm wildlife.

    Scrap metal

    Recycle or repurpose scrap metal instead of adding it to the landfill. Some areas will even pay you for your scrap, so look for collection centers near you. Metal roofing, gutters, siding and metal patio furniture are often made of aluminum and steel, so treat them as scrap and recycle them.

    Asphalt roofing shingles

    Asphalt shingles can be recycled and actually turned into asphalt pavement. If you plan to hire a contractor or other professional to replace your roof, ask beforehand if they will recycle your existing shingles. Not all contractors do.

    Clay roofing tiles

    Clay tiles give you lots of upcycling options. You can use them in your garden as a pathway or to edge your flowerbeds. Most tiles can withstand high heat, so try incorporating them into your fire pit. There may also be tile dealers in your area who are willing to buy your old tiles. And like asphalt roofing, you can always check with your contractor about having them dispose of them safely for you.

    Concrete, asphalt, bricks

    Did you redo a walkway, driveway or cement porch? What you do with the old material generally depends on how much of it there is. If any of it is still in good shape – maybe you have bricks or rocks that are still usable – upcycle it in another project. Include them in landscaping features or save them for the kids’ next craft project. Some materials can also be broken down into smaller pieces and placed in the bottom of your plant containers. This will help with drainage to prevent root rot. If the materials can’t be used again or there’s a large amount of it, you’ll need to take it to a bulk waste disposal site.

    Wood shavings and saw dust

    If it’s a small amount, you can throw these directly in the garbage. Larger quantities, especially if they come from pressure-treated wood, should be recycled appropriately by your local waste agency.

    Looking for more ways to protect Mother Earth while also upgrading your home? Try these green home improvement projects or these renovation ideas for an eco-friendly home.


    How to mix hardware finishes the right way.

    June 08, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 8, 2022

    mixed finishes | Schlage

    Mixing metals and finishes can create visual interest that is both refined and intriguing. Here's how to get the look right.



    Mixing metal finishes can add dimension and visual interest to a room. Instead of a monochromatic, one-note space, you create intrigue and the illusion of texture with small touches. A mix of finishes can blend styles and make a room more reflective of your personal taste.


    So how do you get creative without making your home feel like a fun house? Follow these four simple steps.

    Farmhouse kitchen with mixed hardware finishes.

    1. Find inspiration in something that already exists

    Maybe you have a polished nickel faucet you love, or you’re tired of seeing brass all over the house. Maybe there’s a statement piece in your décor that needs a complementary finish. Find or imagine one metal finish in your home which you absolutely can or cannot live without. Whatever it is, consider either replacing or accentuating it.


    Sometimes this means shifting your style around appliances you cannot replace. Even if that is the case and you don’t love what you’re starting with, it helps to have a guide when choosing new hardware to transform your space.

    2. Mix and match finishes

    The most important thing to remember when mixing finishes is not to go overboard. Avoid creating more chaos than style and keep your designs between two to four finishes, starting with a matching element.


    Notice how the chrome faucets pair nicely with the gray countertops and flooring in the bathroom image below. They set the foundation for contrasting gold elements.

    3. Choose a complementing contrast

    Once you have a foundation like a color palette or theme to work with, choose a contrasting finish that complements the others. The best rule of thumb is to consider an opposite finish—for matte or brass tones, look to chrome or other bright metals.
    Polished Nickel Shower Head + Antique Brass Door Knob
    Metallic Copper Lighting + Stainless Steel Appliances
    Stainless Steel Faucet & Appliances + Satin Brass Lighting + Matte Black Door Track
    Matte Black Hardware and Bedding + Brass Lighting
    Oil Rubbed Bronze Cabinet Pulls + Antique Brass Lighting + Satin Nickel Faucet
    Matte Black Door Hardware, Lighting & Faucet + Gold Mirror & Cabinet Pulls
    Copper Pendants + Nickel Cabinet Pulls

    4. Pull it all together

    Once you've created just the right amount of balance and visual interest, it's time to put the finishing touch on the room. If you're trying to add a little glitz and glam to a traditional space, Lucite accessories and sparkling chandeliers are the perfect way to tie it all together. If your room already sparkles enough, consider a linen shade or softer accessories to tone it down.


    An antique brass chandelier and mirror provide just the right amount of warmth to the cold bathroom below while polished nickel plumbing gives it just the right amount of modern flair.

    Oil rubbed bronze and antique brass cabinet pulls are brought to life by the reflective canisters on the counter.
    And don’t forget that some metallics aren’t metal at all. Fabrics with a metallic sheen can combine balance and contrast in an unexpected way. The silver of the pillows contrast beautifully with the gold light fixture and other sheen in the wall décor.

    Mixing hardware finishes is one way to make a statement. Schlage has crafted a range of designs and finishes that can help you show off your style in the details of your home.


    Not sure what your look is yet? Try our interactive Style Selector or join us on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration.


    How to choose door locks for French doors.

    June 03, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 3, 2022

    Locks for French Doors

    How do you purchase the right door hardware for French doors? Here’s what you need to know before you head out to the hardware store.



    French doors offer a great way to create an open, bright space in your home while still maintaining the option for privacy. They often feature glass from top to bottom and are an easy way to add a little charm and character. But how do you purchase the right door hardware for French doors? Here’s what you need to know before you head out to the hardware store.


    French Doors - Door locks - Schlage

    Before choosing french door locks

    Take a moment to get familiar with the style and features of each double door. See how it is prepped. Are bore holes already drilled into the door or is there a solid panel where the hardware will be? Knowing this will help you choose the function of your hardware. For doors that do have bore holes, check out this door prep checklist to ensure your door has been prepped to standard measurements.


    If you are planning to purchase a lever with a curve, you’ll want to note the handing of your doors. Since you will have both a left and right handed door, be sure to choose both a left handed lever and a right handed lever. A little bit of homework will help you get a French door locking system that makes your home safer and more stylish.


    When purchasing door hardware online, confirm how many knobs or levers are included. Non-turning door hardware is often packaged as a single lever or knob, but our collection of non-turning Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware is sold in pairs. This leaves no need to worry about handing for curved levers because the left and right versions are packaged together for you.

    Door locks for interior French doors

    Home offices and dens that branch off from a larger living space are a perfect fit for French doors. Double doors allow you to add privacy or noise control while still maintaining an open feeling.. It’s also common to see interior French doors for a bedroom entrance – giving it a grander, formal feel – or even for large closets.

    No bore holes

    Full glass french doors leading from kitchen to attached sun room with Schlage Accent levers.


    For double doors without pre-drilled bore holes, you will need non-turning or dummy function door handles. These are often used as decorative door pulls when the ability to latch or lock a door is not needed. For shallow closets, feel free to install door hardware only on the exterior side of the door. For larger rooms you can actually walk into, make sure to purchase enough non-turning door knobs or levers for the interior side.

    French Doors - Non-turning Door Hardware - Schlage

    One bore hole

    Glass paned french doors leading to bedroom with lockable Schlage Georgian knobs.


    There are rooms that should lock or at least have a door that latches. For these, install double doors that come drilled with a cross bore hole on one side and a latch bore on the other.


    Let’s say the cross bore hole is on your right-handed door. If you want the option to lock it, choose a Bed & Bath / Privacy function for your knob or lever. If you’d like the door to latch and not lock, choose a Hall & Closet / Passage function. Purchase matching, non-locking / dummy hardware for the left-handed door.

    French Doors - Passage and Privacy Door Hardware - Schlage

    Door locks for exterior French doors

    Exterior French doors are most used to access outdoor living spaces like a sunroom, patio or deck. They offer a stylish way to make a seamless transition from one space to another. Double doors for the front of your home makes for an elegant entryway.


    Glass french doors leading from home office to outdoor patio.

    Two bore holes

    Sets of double doors leading outside should have one door prepped with a bore hole and none in the opposite door. For added security, confirm there is a second bore hole to house a deadbolt. If the door is not properly pre-drilled, purchase a cross bore kit to easily drill and install the hardware yourself.


    A single cylinder mechanical deadbolt will do, but some homeowners prefer to install a double cylinder deadbolt for even more security with glass doors. As smart homes become more popular, homeowners are also turning to smart locks on French doors. Beneath your preferred deadbolt, you may choose a keyed knob or lever.

    Exterior double doors - Deadbolt - Schlage

    Exterior double doors with Schlage Addison Handlesets

    Three bore holes

    For a more formal entrance or when a door has three bore holes, choose a handleset. For the inactive side of the door., you may install nothing, or add the non-turning/dummy version of your active hardware. (In other words, if you purchase a Schlage Century entry handleset with deadbolt for one side, you may also get a Century inactive handleset for the other.

    Exterior double doors - Handleset - Schlage

    Can you put a smart lock on French doors?

    Exterior French door with Schlage Sense smart lock and Schlage Camelot front entry handle.

    All Schlage electronic and smart locks are compatible with standard doors so you can install them on your French or double entry doors the same as you would a mechanical deadbolt. The double entry door above features a Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt paired with the Camelot style front entry handle.


    If you only have two bore holes, you can add a passage knob or lever below your smart or electronic lock. And of course, there’s still the option to add a non-turning knob or lever to the inactive side of your entrance.

    Exterior double doors - Electronic lock - Schlage

    We’d love to help you in your search for the perfect French door hardware. Try our interactive Product Selector tool to start browsing the right hardware now. And if you’re looking for more French door design ideas, check out this inspiring guide to styling your French doors.


    Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation

    June 01, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    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.




    ‘Tis the season for family vacations and getting away from the daily grind. Maybe you’ve been stuck at home for too long and you’re ready to just go … somewhere. If you're planning a summer vacation this year, take one more worry off your list by ensuring your home is as secure as possible.


    Most homes are targeted by a simple selection process. A burglar chooses a house with easy access, excellent cover and good escape routes, but they will usually bypass one that requires too much effort or poses a high risk. Here are six home security steps you should take before enjoying your relaxing retreat away from home.

    Dog sitting on suitcases before family leaves for vacation.

    1. Look active

    A key part of vacation safety is giving the impression that the home is occupied. Try some or all of these ideas for confusing thieves while you’re gone:


    • Install a smart lighting system that turns on and off at random intervals. You might also opt for 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 different lights on and off throughout the home each time they visit. It’s the same effect of smart lighting but with a more manual approach. Leave blinds and curtains partially open so people can actually see lights turning on and off.

    • Create a “vacation” scene with your smart home hub. You could include locking the door, turning lights on and off, playing music occasionally and adjusting the thermostat. Not only does it make others think you’re still there, but it can help conserve energy and money as well by not leaving them on the entire time.

    • Ask the post office to hold your mail until you return or have a friend or family members pick it up for you. A pile of mail and newspapers on the front porch is a giveaway that the house is vacant. Pause your meal delivery services and other regular drop-offs, too.

    • Arrange for someone – a friend or lawncare service – to maintain the landscaping and cut the grass if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time.

    Bonus tip: Ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in front of your home on garbage night.

    2. Keep out of sight

    Hide valuables and other big-ticket items that would be tempting to intruders peeking through the windows. Stow away one-of-a-kind collectibles, laptops and other electronics in a drawer or closet. You probably can’t hide a television set, so consider leaving blinds and curtains closed for that room.


    Bonus tip: Remember outdoor valuables. Roll your grill into the shed or garage. The same goes for bikes. Also, kids’ toys that lay out in the yard and don’t move all week, while not particularly valuable, can be a giveaway that you’re gone.

    3. Smart 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 Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Connect® Smart 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 unique user codes if someone needs access to your home while you're away.


    Bonus tip: Choose a smart lock with a built-in alarm that can notify you of a disturbance at the door, especially if you don’t already have a security system.

    4. Cameras

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


    Bonus tip: The Schlage Encode lock works with Ring Video Doorbell, so you can see who is at your door via the camera and unlock it remotely for trusted friends, family or service providers.

    5. 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. Think how easy it would be for an intruder to pull into the garage, close the door and gain access to the rest of the house, then load their vehicles with your belongings without the neighbors ever seeing a thing.


    Bonus tip: If you have someone stopping by to housesit or water the plants while you’re gone, ask them to park in the driveway instead of the garage to make it more obvious someone’s around.

    6. Unexpected places for safety

    Stopping intruders is usually the leading security concern when we’re on vacation, but it’s not the only thing that affects safety. Now’s a good opportunity to conduct a quick version of your regular home security audit and make sure everything is working properly. You don’t want to come home to an unpleasant surprise, especially if it could have been avoided.


    Check for pipe leaks, test smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries and make sure motion-activated cameras and lights are still positioned correctly. Unplug electronics like your television to help protect them in the event of a power surge during a storm while you’re gone, as well as save on energy. It’s best to leave most appliances like your refrigerator plugged in and at the usual temperature.


    Bonus tip: Make sure your windows are closed and locked securely, even on the upper floors. If you have sliding glass patio doors, install a blocking bar in the track for a bit of extra security.

    You know your own home is secure now. But what about where you’re going? Read up on these security questions to ask before booking a vacation rental.


    Should you tip your locksmith and other home improvement pros?

    May 27, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 27, 2022

    Tipping a Locksmith - Schlage

    Keep reading for tipping etiquette when you hire a locksmith and other home improvement professionals.



    There will always be times when you need to bring in the professionals. Your DIY skills might be top-notch, but rewiring your 100-year-old house to get it up to code is prime time to call an expert. Another time? If you’ve locked yourself out of the house, you probably need a locksmith. Once they’ve saved the day, do you tip them? Keep reading for tipping etiquette when you hire a locksmith and other home improvement professionals.
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    Should you tip a locksmith?

    The short answer to whether you should tip a locksmith is that it is not required, but it is appreciated. Unlike restaurant staff, locksmiths don’t rely on tips to make up a bulk of their pay. However, a tip might be particularly appropriate in certain circumstances such as emergency calls late at night, on holidays, when the weather is bad or if they had to travel long distances.


    Other times you should consider tipping your locksmith is if they’ve done an especially good job or worked quickly. It’s good to recognize their expertise by how efficiently they complete a task at or above normal standards. You might also offer a tip if they completed tasks you didn’t request. For example, if you hired a locksmith to replace your deadbolts after moving and they also repaired the hinges on your front door, that’s going above and beyond. A tip is a nice way to say thank you.

    How much do you tip a locksmith?

    When it comes to tipping a locksmith for work on your home, 15% to 20% is generally the standard. That could go up or down depending on the circumstances we mentioned above.


    Remember that a locksmith’s services are helping to protect your home and family. The repercussions of not hiring them can be significantly more costly – replacing an entire door, replacing electronics and other stolen items from your home, loss of peace of mind. A good locksmith is worth the investment.

    Who else should you tip?

    Some of the same “rules” for tipping your locksmith apply to the service providers below. Note that some employees, especially if they work for a larger company or chain, may not be permitted to accept tips. The suggested tip amounts below may change over time or be different depending on where you live.


    Tipping a contractor is not expected, nor is it typically done. Instead of tipping, you could include a clause in the contract agreeing to pay your general contractor a bonus if they complete the job early or under budget. A writer at The Washington Post recommended an occasional breakfast or lunch for the crew as an alternative and motivation to keep the job on schedule.


    Like contractors, tipping a decorator is not customary. They’d likely prefer referrals instead.


    For a typical job, tipping is not expected. If you want to, however, consider $10-20 per painter depending on the size of the job. says one instance when tipping your painter is a must, however, is if you’ve asked them to do something outside the original scope of work, such as touching up scuff marks.


    Tipping a plumber is not necessary. In many cases, your plumber may be the business owner as many of them are self-employed, and tipping the owner is generally not done. Because we think plumbing can be a nasty job, however, consider a 10% tip if you’ve called them for an emergency or on a holiday. They might decline, but it’s good to make the offer anyway.


    Electricians are similar to plumbers in that they’re often self-employed and don’t expect tips. However, if they did something extra or a job took longer than expected, a tip might be appropriate. Consider $20 as a starting point, depending on the situation.

    Yard maintenance

    Tipping regular lawn care workers who mow every week might be a bit much. Instead, you can tip them at the end of the season, usually $20-50 for each crew member. If they go beyond normal duties – trim a hazardous tree branch, for example – you can give them an extra tip.

    House Cleaner

    If you have a regular cleaning person, give them a big tip at holiday time instead of after each visit. suggests a week’s wages.

    Pool professionals

    Regular pool service crews can be tipped at the end of the season, generally a minimum of $100. Professionals who visit for a one-time pool repair do not expect a tip, but you can offer one. For a few hours’ worth of work, consider $20, or more for a longer or more complex job.

    Appliance/furniture delivery person

    The people delivering your new washer/dryer, couch or other large items are doing some heavy lifting. A good rule of thumb is to tip them $10-20. Similarly, the home improvement store employee hauling a large purchase out to your car might appreciate a tip. Consider something around $10, which could very well double their hourly pay, making them extra happy.


    Depending on the size and distance of the move, the most common advice is $20 to $50. Personally, we’ve tipped more than that based on how quick and polite the crew was, as well as whether our belongings were handled without damage.

    Pet Care Worker

    If you have someone who walks your dog or does pet sitting while you’re away, tipping is not customary. You may want to tip, however, if you have a pet with special needs or is difficult to handle. Petful recommends 15% to 20%.

    There are other ways to show service providers how much you appreciate them. Leave a positive review online, either on a website like Yelp or on social media. Refer their services to friends and family as well. Small business owners especially will appreciate your positive word of mouth just as much, if not more, than a monetary tip. Remember them at holiday time, too. A gift card or small gift is a nice way to recognize the continued service of those you hire regularly.


    Hiring a locksmith you trust is important when it comes to keeping your home secure. Use these tips at the Schlage blog for finding a reliable locksmith.


    5 reasons a locksmith is worth the investment.

    May 23, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 23, 2022

    Hiring a Locksmith - Schlage

    The decision to hire a professional locksmith can pay for itself in time, convenience and peace of mind when it comes to something as important as helping to secure your home.



    Hiring a Locksmith - Rekey locks - Schlage

    Like most things, the decision to hire a professional instead of employing a DIY solution has its trade-offs. But when it comes to something as important as helping to secure your home, the decision to hire a professional locksmith can pay for itself in time, convenience and peace of mind.


    Schlage locks are easy to install with nothing but a screwdriver and a few minutes’ time. But we’ll also be the first to recommend a licensed, registered locksmith if you need to rekey your locks or are undertaking a big task like replacing all the door hardware in your home. And if you’ve ever locked yourself out and locked your keys in, then you already know how valuable it is to have a relationship with a local locksmith or at least know where to find one. Allegion (maker of Schlage Locks) gives you quick, easy access to a registered professional with this online locksmith locator tool.


    Here are the 5 top reasons to invest in a locksmith:

    1. Convenience

    A licensed, registered locksmith will have the tools and the expertise to handle almost any challenge, 24/7, 365 days a year. You’ll save time, get professional service on your own schedule (even in an emergency) and help is rarely more than a click or phone call away.

    2. Knowledge and Experience

    Did you just move into a new home and are looking to rekey your exterior doors, providing single -key convenience for all your locks? This is just one example of service requiring a level of expertise even the most intrepid DIY enthusiast probably doesn’t possess. No worries when you leave it to a qualified ALOA (Associated Lock Smiths of America) professional and to locks you can trust.


    According to Jared Gehle at Schlage, “You should look to a locksmith anytime you’re not sure what you need or have any doubts about how to install or upgrade your door hardware.”

    3. Quality you can trust

    Schlage door hardware isn’t easy to rekey because rekeyed locks generally don’t meet our strength and durability standards. We recommend the job be left to professionals and to the guarantee of quality service they’ll provide.


    Says Gehle, “Fitting new hardware to existing door openings or undertaking something potentially complicated like rekeying or replacing a number of locks throughout your home can be a lot of work. A locksmith allows you to prepare for any eventuality, saving you time, money and aggravation.”

    4. Peace of mind

    More than two million burglaries occur each year, and in more than one-third of those, the perpetrators come in through the front door. Don’t trust your home security to just anyone or any old lock. The Schlage brand is trusted by professionals and in more than 40 million homes with a reputation built on nearly 100 years of innovation, strength, quality and style.

    5. Value

    You get what you pay for. Getting the job done correctly, right from the start, will pay for itself many times over. If you have a non-standard door, if you’re replacing locks and the door measurements don’t conform to Schlage specifications (if you’re replacing a mortise lock, for instance), these kinds of adjustments are many times beyond the skill level – and patience – of a typical DIY project.

    Hiring a Locksmith - Schlage

    “Even if you think you know what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to contact a locksmith for advice, a specific product recommendation or for helpful tips,” says Gehle. “There’s no substitute for expertise and experience. They’ve got all the right tools, and a locksmith will be there for you at every turn.”


    If you decide to hire a locksmith to rekey your locks or install new ones, define what is important to you, and choose a licensed lock professional you trust. Visit for more information and a wide range of innovative, stylish, high-quality door hardware possibilities.


    Refresh your curb appeal with these 10+ front door hardware styles.

    May 17, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 17, 2022

    Curb appeal finishing touch

    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece. Here are 7 examples that prove door hardware is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.



    Your front door is more than just an entrance, it’s also a showpiece – one of the first things a guest sees. That’s why it’s important to choose the right handleset. Schlage offers a wide variety of styles and finishes, from crisp edges to flowing silhouettes, classic to contemporary, all designed to ensure that your front door is the perfect introduction to your home. Here are some stunning examples that prove the handleset is the ultimate curb appeal finishing touch.
    Schlage Sense matte black smart lock on blue front door.

    1. Century Handlesets

    The Century handleset features a clean, rectangular design that’s often described as tasteful and sophisticatedly modern. This contemporary handleset looks chic when paired with the Latitude, Northbrook or Merano interior levers. Matte Black, Bright Chrome or Polished Nickel finishes really showcase its contemporary roots.


    The Century handleset comes in a 2-piece design with separate deadbolt and handleset grip as well as the 3/4 design with the deadbolt and grip combined into a single piece. The variations provide even more options to help you capture the perfect look for your home.


    2. Camelot Handlesets

    The Camelot handleset brings to mind charming entryways thanks to its scalloped details around the edge. It draws on traditional Colonial style but, because those details are more subtle, also fits into the transitional category. Camelot, which is our best-selling handleset, looks best when paired with the Accent lever or the Georgian knob on the interior and finished in Satin Brass, Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze. For a more updated look, consider the Sacramento lever, which, like the Accent lever, is curved but with a gentler wave.


    Like the more modern Century design, you can find Camelot as a 2-piece or 3/4 handleset.


    3. Addison Handlesets

    The Addison handleset tends to lean more to the traditional end of the spectrum, but because of its simple yet sophisticated design, it can also suit well with more transitional homes. Featuring a rectangular shape, slight ridging along the edges and gently curving grip, it’s easy to see its allure. The Addison handleset looks stunning when paired with either an interior Georgian knob and Birmingham lever for the traditional aesthetic. The Avila lever, with similar edge detailing, is also a good fit. However you pair it, try this handleset in an Aged Bronze, Matte Black or Distressed Nickel finish.


    4. Greenwich Handlesets

    If you like the clean lines of the Century style but want a bit more softness, you’ll love the Greenwich handleset. Ideal for Mid-Century Modern homes, the slight curves of the grip and trim are inspired by the curves of 1950s appliances and cars. This uncomplicated design pairs with a variety of interior door hardware, but it really shines with the Broadway or Sacramento levers. To give the handleset a more modern flavor, choose a Matte Black or Bright Chrome finish.


    You can find Greenwich in a 2-piece or 3/4 handleset design.


    5. Plymouth Handlesets

    The Plymouth handleset is recognizable by its oval shape. Most common on traditional homes, it can also be a gorgeous accent for transitional architecture depending on other, surrounding décor. Because it was inspired by Federal-style homes of the Colonial Era, we love pairing this with the Plymouth or Andover knobs or the Accent lever, particularly in Bright Brass, Satin Nickel or Aged Bronze finishes.


    Find more tips and tricks for improving your curb appeal at the Schlage blog. We also have tons of inspiration for you to click through on our Pinterest boards.


    8 tips for buying your perfect forever home.

    May 16, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 16, 2022

    Tips for buying forever home | Schlage

    Here are eight tips for helping you find the perfect forever home, plus a few extras to keep in mind for aging in place.



    Buying your first home or a starter home not the same as purchasing your forever home. Any house is an investment and many of the ideas are the same – Rule #1 is still location, location, location – but if you intend to stay there for 10 or more years, it’s good to think a little differently to make sure you get what you want. Below are eight tips for helping you find the perfect forever home, plus a few extras to keep in mind for aging in place.
    Suburban brick and stone home.

    Think differently about location

    If you’re looking for your forever home, you probably already know the importance of location. You can change a lot of things, but your zip code isn’t one of them. Still, when buying your forever home, you’ll want to think of location slightly differently. If you no longer have kids in the house, finding a home in a good school district may be less of a concern (although school districts do affect property values). Finding a neighborhood with an HOA that shovels snow from your driveway might have greater appeal now. Or maybe it’s more about moving somewhere that doesn’t have snow, period.


    If you’re looking for your forever home, you probably already know the importance of location. You can change a lot of things, but your zip code isn’t one of them. Still, when buying your forever home, you’ll want to think of location slightly differently. If you no longer have kids in the house, finding a home in a good school district may be less of a concern (although school districts do affect property values). Finding a neighborhood with an HOA that shovels snow from your driveway might have greater appeal now. Or maybe it’s more about moving somewhere that doesn’t have snow, period.

    Decide if you want a fixer upper or move-in ready

    There are two trains of thought here. If it’s your forever home, you have the time and possibly resources to customize it exactly how you want it. This could be your opportunity to really design your dream house, so you might be excited about the idea of a fixer upper. On the flip side, you might not be at a point in your life when you want to take that on. If your heavy lifting, DIY days are behind you, a move-in ready forever home may be more to your liking. Before you even start looking at the listings, decide how much of a project you want to commit to, both in terms of personal effort and financial cost.

    Figure out the right size

    Because every family is different and no two use their home in the same way, we call this rightsizing. Growing families will want more house – additional bedrooms for each child, a yard to play in, a large dining room to comfortably seat everyone, and room to grow to be ready for the unexpected.


    Empty nesters may want the exact opposite. With kids out of the house, you’ll be looking to downsize. A spare room would be nice for hobbies or overnight guests, but you don’t need three extra bedrooms. Meals for two no longer require a massive kitchen. Or maybe downsizing isn’t in the plans at all. Maybe you plan on hosting the grandkids a few weekends a month or inviting the extended family – all 27 of them – over for Thanksgiving. The point is to make an honest evaluation of your current lifestyle needs and find the house that fits the bill.

    Get the right amount of outdoor space

    Just like the size of your home depends on what phase of life you’re in, you’ll want to consider the size of your yard and type of landscaping. Do you have kids and pets that would thrive in a large, fenced-in yard? Do you want to spend your retirement gardening? Or does your back start to ache at the mere thought of having to mow an expansive lawn, trim bushes and weed flower beds? Basically, your decision comes down to how you’ll use your yard and how much effort you want to put into its upkeep.

    Find the right home style for your lifestyle

    The style of your forever home should be something you love. That’s obvious. If you plan to age in place or think you’ll have elderly family members move in with you someday, think about ease of accessibility. For example, a ranch style home is ideal if you want to avoid climbing stairs as you get older. If you have children, do you want their bedrooms on the same level as yours or are they old (and trustworthy) enough to be farther away? How do you feel about open floorplans? They can let you keep an eye on the kids from anywhere but also make it harder to find privacy.


    Maintenance comes into play here as well. Some styles require more effort for upkeep that, depending on where you stand, could be a dealbreaker for your new home. Vinyl siding is a lower-maintenance alternative to wood. Metal roofs last two to three times longer than asphalt shingles. Vinyl or aluminum window frames hold up better than wooden frames. And fiberglass and metal front doors require less maintenance than many other materials.

    Look for flexibility in design

    According to Forbes, you’ll likely need to stay in your forever home at least 10 years to make it worth the move financially. A lot can happen in a decade. Because our future might not play out like we imagine, you want to look for a home with the flexibility to adapt with your changing needs. That can mean any number of things – another baby, starting a business or suddenly working from home, an elderly parent moving in, a change in your own health. Life might feel a bit more settled at this stage of your life, but you don’t want to box yourself in too much.

    Choose high quality

    Because you’re going to be in your forever home potentially for 10 to 20 years or longer, you want to be confident that the structure as well as everything in it is designed to last. This is not a time to cut corners on quality. There will always be maintenance, but plumbing and electrical systems should be sound. The same goes for your HVAC. Cabinetry should be well-made and appliances need to last. Foundational issues should be addressed sooner rather than later as well as any concerns about the integrity of your driveway, walkways and home’s exterior.


    Of course, we also think the door hardware on any home should be high quality. One of the best ways to protect your investment is with durable deadbolts and finishes. With benefits like our lifetime warranty guarantee and commitment to craftsmanship in every piece of our door hardware, you know you can trust your home to Schlage, whether you’re going to live there for five years, 15 or 50.

    Plan for aging-in-place accommodations

    We’ve already mentioned a few considerations for when you or loved ones plan to age in place. Here are a few more questions to ask yourself.


    • Will your new bathroom need a curbless shower? These can help reduce the risk of falls on slick tile and make it easier on someone who uses a wheelchair or walker.

    • Are there handrails everywhere appropriate? Again, falls are especially dangerous for older homeowners. Think about railings not just on porches, but also interior steps and in the bathroom.

    • Is there a ramp or room to install one in the future? This can make it easier – not to mention safer – to get in and out of the house if decreased mobility from age or disability is a concern.

    • Is there good natural lighting? Everyone benefits from natural lighting, but a well-lit home is also safer for those with vision impairments.

    • What accommodations are made in the kitchen? How high the counters are, whether the microwave is mounted above the stove or on the counter, and if there are pull-out cabinet drawers can make a difference when cooking comfortably and safely as you get older.

    Visit the Schlage blog for more ways to make a home more accessible for aging in place. If you're curious how smart home tech changes the way homes or sold or think maybe you’re more ready for a starter home, we have that too.



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