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    6 simple yet impactful updates for when you're in a holiday hurry.

    December 4, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018

    Simple - Holiday Updates - Schlage

    If you hoped to fix up the house before holiday guests arrived this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re in luck. Focus on these six ares and you'll be ready to host in no time.

     

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    If you hoped to fix up the house before holiday guests arrived this year and haven’t gotten around to it yet, you’re in luck.

     

    In a survey of what it takes to welcome holiday visitors and leave a great first impression, tackling last-minute home improvement projects was among the top 10 ways to make your home guest-ready. Those DIY projects were also on the list of top 10 things that impress guests most.

     

    To help you out, here are six areas of your house, many of which the survey identified as rooms most in need of a pre-holiday remodel, where you can make quick and easy changes that still make a big impact.

    Front porch

    Your entryway is the first thing your visitors will see, so use it to make a good impression immediately. Try updating your house numbers. Not only will they look good, but they’ll also help those guests who don’t typically visit find your home in the first place.

     

    A new Schlage Custom handleset, with a variety of designs and finishes available, can also make your door stand out in the most stylish of ways. With the highest industry ratings for residential security, premium metal construction and easy installation with just a screwdriver, you can also be confident of getting the job done before your guests’ arrival. And as an added bonus, handleset finishes coordinate easily with other home accents like lighting and plumbing fixtures as well as Schlage Custom hardware for interior doors.
     

    Foyer

    Once your guests are inside, you want them to feel welcome. Try some visually interesting coat hooks for some flair and function. If you have a small hallway or foyer, think about hanging a mirror to make the space feel bigger.
     

    Kitchen

    Unless you have the budget and the time for a project like a new backsplash, try focusing on something like your cabinetry. New cabinet pulls are a relatively quick change that can create a new look without a massive overhaul. It’s also the perfect opportunity to mix hardware finishes in a way that makes a big statement with minimal effort. You might choose a cabinet hardware finish that contrasts with a metallic light fixture, or pair a matte finish with a bright and shiny countertop accessory.

     

    Don’t forget inside the cabinets either. Organizers will get the shelves looking tip-top when guests offer to help set the table. These also have the added benefit of you being able to enjoy them long after the holidays. Because no one has ever said, “I wish my cabinets were less organized.”
     

    Living room

    If you have a fireplace, use it to create a beautiful holiday focal point for the room. Replace or decorate the mantel with festive photos, gorgeous greenery and other ornaments that put your holiday spirit on display.

     


    The living room is also a great opportunity for you to repurpose some of your own belongings. Move the furniture around, use pillows from another room on your couch or to create extra seating, or swap out end tables from another area in the house. This is one change that’s both easy in effort and on the wallet.

    Bathroom

    You can flex your DIY muscle by redoing flooring and grout. Or you can make a few cosmetic updates that will get your shower looking and working great for your guests. Change out the shower rod for something a bit more stylish or replace the showerhead. Create a spa-like experience with a relaxing raincan fixture, one with multiple settings or a two-in-one option that also includes a hand shower.
     

    Bedroom

    Aunt Barbara is just hours away. Repainting is out, but you can replace the door hardware. With Schlage Custom door hardware, you choose from a range of knobs and lever styles that instantly elevate any room. You pick the style and finish to match your home décor. And just like our handlesets, these install in minutes with just a screwdriver.

     

    Another easy change is to replace the bedding in a guest room. Something warm and luxuriously soft will always be popular with even the pickiest of guests.

    Find more holiday style inspiration when you follow us on Instagram and Pinterest.
     

    How to afford Schlage door hardware on a $100, $500 or $1000 budget.

    October 17, 2018 3:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    Door Hardware - Budget - Schlage

    If you're thinking about a single-room update, or even a whole-home renovation, one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable things you can do is update your door hardware.

     

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    Door hardware - Budget - Schlage

    According to a recent Houzz survey, home renovations are on the rise, with 2017 yielding significant growth and 2018 expected to be even bigger. If you’re among those who are thinking about a single-room update, or even some manner of whole-home renovation, one of the quickest, easiest and most affordable things you can do is update your door hardware.

     

    Updating your home’s door hardware is a project that can be easily customized to fit your project’s needs, regardless of your design concept or installation preferences. And best of all, it can be done affordably for any budget! With Schlage door hardware, whether you’re replacing a builder-grade doorknob with custom hardware or a keyed entrance door lock with a keyless smart lock, you can tackle this project in your spare time with just a screwdriver.

     

    Going for a coordinated interior? Looking to blend a number of complementary styles? Are you exploring split finishes, giving each room its own, singular look? Whatever your preference, Schlage offers a wide range of simple, secure, stylish and affordable hardware options to fit your budget. With a little know-how, you’ll be on your way to a door hardware makeover that you can appreciate for years to come.

    Door hardware - $100 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $100 PRICE RANGE

    For nearly a century, Schlage has been perfecting the door lock, offering an assortment of both mechanical and electronic door locks that have set industry standards for performance and style.

    Exterior

    For around $100, you can replace your entry door lock choosing from a wide selection of deadbolts, knobs, levers and complete handlesets. In this price range, you can also upgrade a mechanical deadbolt, replacing it with a stylish, keyless electronic keypad lock or deadbolt to enjoy the industry’s highest residential security rating with the convenience of keyless access.

    Interior

    As for your interior doors, that same $100 or so can replace upwards of 4 interior traditional door knobs or levers, depending upon function and the specific styles and finishes you choose.

     

    When shopping for interior door hardware, it’s important to take things like trim, knob or lever style and finish into consideration. Premium decorative trims and styles could drive up the price of your interior hardware.

     

    Another important consideration when shopping for interior hardware is the warranty. Because you will touch your interior door hardware several times per day, it’s important to look for quality hardware from a company that offers a warranty of some kind. Schlage offers a limited lifetime mechanical & finish warranty and limited 3-year electronics warranty.

    Door hardware - $500 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $500 PRICE RANGE

    For around $500, you can coordinate the door hardware throughout your home, from your front door to your back door and pretty much any door in between.

     

    If you’re really looking to take advantage of the wide range of styles, trims, finishes and value for which Schlage is known, this is the place to start.

    Exterior

    Considering joining the growing number of homeowners investing in smart home living? Schlage smart locks are a great place to start building your smart home and they make an ideal addition to an existing one without breaking the bank. Schlage brings you an assortment of smart lock options from which to choose, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. They both set industry standards for keyless entry, as well as remote access management and monitoring from your smartphone. As an added bonus, each deadbolt fits standard door preps, installs with just a screwdriver, and is battery-operated, making them more accessible more than ever!

     

    In the $500 price range, you can easily select and install a smart lock, matching handleset grip and accessories (like house numbers and kickplates).

     

    According to Ted Roberts, Style & Design Chief for Allegion, maker of Schlage locks, “Your front door is not just for wreaths anymore. It’s a space where you can make a statement. Perhaps the easiest and most cost-efficient way to update your look is with new door hardware. And with so many styles available, you can complement everything from traditional to farmhouse to modern decor. Your front door can set the tone of your home, whatever your style. Quickly. Easily. Affordably.”

    Interior

    In this same price range, you can upgrade all of the interior door hardware in your home. Replacing all of the door hardware throughout your home is an easy and affordable project that can tie all of your rooms together, giving them a more custom look.

     

    This price range will allow you to select from the Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection, which puts you in control of your hardware’s style. With Schlage Custom™, you can create a door hardware look that’s unique to your home’s style. This collection allows you to easily match your interior door hardware with exterior Schlage Custom handlesets. Coordinate a complete look- inside and out- with a large selection of designer knobs, levers and trim in lustrous, long-lasting finishes. You can also customize the locking function of interior doors quickly and easily; no tools required.

    Door hardware - $1000 Budget - Schlage

    SOLUTIONS IN THE $1000 PRICE RANGE

    For around $1,000, you can expect to give your entire home a door hardware makeover, from the front door to the back door and everything in between!

     

    In this price range, you’ll be able to choose from the full array of styles, trims and finishes available to you, including designer hardware from the Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware collection.

     

    You’ll also be able to incorporate a smart lock or two into your makeover! Gone are the days when smart locks were merely for front doors. Installing one on a back door, home office or a garage door adds an additional layer of security and keyless convenience for the entire family.

     

    Schlage offers a wide range of keyless locks to fit your smart home needs. Each of our locks has different benefits for different users, allowing you to select the smart lock that’s right for you and your home. Do you prefer a Bluetooth or Z-wave enabled lock? Are you an Apple device household? These smart lock comparisons will help you select the right lock for your home and your family’s access needs.

     

    Matching styles throughout. The versatility and style of split finishes. The blending of a variety of styles. At this budget, you’re only limited by your imagination. You might even have enough left over in your budget for a nice dinner out to celebrate!

    THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS

    Whatever your budget, and whether you’re tackling your entire home or just one room at a time, you owe it to yourself to explore the range of possibilities open to you with Schlage door hardware. Also know that your quest may not end with your selection of knobs, levers and appropriate systems, finishes or trims. You can also easily upgrade your hinges to a matching finish to really put an exclamation point on your project.

     

    For more information, visit Schlage.com for the latest on affordable, premium door hardware. How much will it cost? Find purchase information here to see just how far you can make your budget go with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Tips to transform your front porch for fall and beyond

    October 15, 2018 12:36 PM by reference-adjustment-service

    Monday, October 15, 2018

    Fall - Front Porch - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    It’s time to spruce-up your front porch to prepare for the holidays. Get our tips for the best fall front porch that will easily transition to winter.

     

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    Summer is out and fall is in. It’s time to give your front porch the spruce-up it’s been waiting for to prepare for the holidays. From simple home improvement to creative home décor, the opportunities to make a welcoming statement with your entryway are endless.

    Fall - Front Porch - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt


    Image from Lark & Linen featuring Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt paired with Century front entry handle in Matte Black

    The first impression

    With temperatures still relatively warm, yet no longer sweltering hot, it’s a great time to take on some outdoor projects. Consider giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. Pick from bright colors to give it an extra punch for the season. Vibrant reds, oranges and blues are among Pantone’s favorite hues for the fall and winter.

     

    While you’re at it, update your door’s style with new accessories, including house numbers and coat hooks. Because when was the last time you hosted a cool-weather get-together and said, “I have too many coat hooks”?

    Cold weather hospitality

    Don’t leave your guests standing out in bad weather, either. By installing a smart lock, you can give each guest a code instead of hiding a key under the mat. The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt can be programmed with up to 30 different access codes and work with a variety of smart home systems like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

    Fall classics

    Showcase your fall creativity with home décor, too. Incorporating pumpkins on your porch is always a winner, regardless of whether you leave them orange for an extra pop of color, paint them to match a monochromatic design or let the family carve them for a touch of fun.

     

    HGTV.com highlights metallic elements as an increasingly popular way to catch the eye of passers-by. A copper jug, either brand new and shiny or with an aged patina, can add a touch of glitter as well as hold your favorite fall foliage. It’s a great way to mix and match textures as well as color.

    Cozy details

    Continue playing with textures by replacing the cushions on your patio furniture or adding an outdoor rug. Think outside the box and hang with some outdoor curtains to create a cozy nook, perfect for a private cup of tea and leaf peeping from the porch.

     

    Of course, the sun is setting earlier, so don’t forget the lights. Set, or create, the mood with a new outdoor lighting system. Houzz suggests flameless candles for creating a safe and relaxing escape, while a strand of twinkle lights will seamlessly carry you into the winter.

    Budget-friendly curb appeal

    If time and budget are concerns, especially with the holidays approaching, consider options that will let you change your porch’s look with minimal investment. Choose a wreath that can switch from Thanksgiving to winter by simply swapping out a few floral elements. Containers with your typical garden plants can go from Halloween to winter wonderland by replacing the pumpkin next to the regular plantings with an artificial snowman. Follow Schlage on Pinterest for plenty of inspiration.

    No matter how you choose to update your curb appeal for fall, remember that it’s also a time to enjoy family, friends and festivity. Trying some of these simple tips will help make it an attractive, and stress-free, season for all.

    A fresh take on farmhouse style with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    September 14, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    Farmhouse Style - Schlage Custom - Amy Matthews

    Imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that.

     

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    Farmhouse Style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom
    Designers find inspiration for their work in nature, art, specific time periods, exotic locales and in a truly limitless number of other places. Inspiration fuels imagination. So imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that. In this, the first of a four-part series on Amy’s adventure, she uses the Schlage Custom Whitney lever as inspiration to bring an authentic touch of traditional style to a rustic farmhouse room design.
    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    The Schlage Custom Whitney lever brings an unmistakable old-world, New Orleans/Spanish Colonial style to Amy’s farmhouse look. The goal: bring quintessential elements such as wrought iron together with the rustic colors and textures one would find in an old but stylish farmhouse and then add modern touches.

    Farmhouse Style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

     

    Farmhouse Style - Mood Board - Amy Matthews

    The mood board: a unique pairing of traditional and contemporary

    Amy’s ideas took the character, look and feel of rough-hewn wood and combined them with more modern fixtures, lighting, furnishings and accessories. She contrasted the look of a modern door with a more traditional take on wood flooring. The Whitney lever in matte black served as the inspiration for the entire room design, its look of vintage wrought iron the foundation of a decor that could be both versatile and stylish.

    Farmhouse Kitchen - Whitney Lever - Schlage

    The look : timeless and distinctive

    The mood board meticulously reflected Amy’s thinking, from the flooring to furnishings to the smallest accessory, and was used by Schlage designers as a cornerstone for finishing out the above room design. Unique for her, she built the entire vision upon a door lever, the Whitney lever, which she described as both challenging and fun. Amy ultimately deciding to pair the Schlage Custom lever with a white door (a change from the mood board), allowing the dark richness and character of the lever to “pop.” She then layered in other features and touches with similar finishes to bring everything together in one cohesive look.

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Farmhouse Style

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as simple as can be. Perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes afford a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this room to life, check out this video. Explore the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    A magical front porch that won't make your money disappear.

    August 24, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Budget front porch decor - Schlage

    From creative touch-up painting and stylish yet affordable furniture ideas to easy, colorful porch decorations and new door hardware, here are ten ways to turn your front porch into something pretty special.

     

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    Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, is fond of saying that [your front porch] is the “ultimate first impression.” So we’ve scoured Pinterest for DIY ideas that can help make that first impression a great one. We are delighted to present this magical list of 10 simple, DIY tips for transforming your front porch that, all together, would only cost between $500 - $1,000, total. Abracadabra!

     

    From creative touch-up painting and stylish yet affordable furniture ideas to easy, colorful porch decorations and new door hardware, here are ten ways to turn your front porch into something pretty special. For a lot less than you think.

    Budget front porch makeover - Schlage

    1. Think color

    From a quick touchup of trim and little details to repainting your front door or bringing some patterned color to those wooden floors, there’s a lot you can do with a quart or two of indoor/outdoor paint. Around $20 a quart.

    2. Knock Knock

    Replacing your front door hardware with Schlage door hardware opens a world of possibilities, both practically and aesthetically. Enjoy a range of products, styles and finishes that reflect your unique taste. All for $100 - $300!

    Budget curb appeal - Door hardware - Schlage

    3. A Breath of Fresh Air

    An outdoor ceiling fan is a classic fixture that will also help you beat the heat. It can add comfort, style and enhance curb appeal – all for less than $200.

    4. Welcome

    Provide a personal greeting with the quintessential welcome mat. Explore, express your unique sense of style, personalize your space and help make your guests feel at home. Between $10 and $50.

    5. Have A Seat

    Wicker chairs and accent tables. The classic rocking chair. The timeless porch swing. Invite folks to come sit a spell and enjoy some hospitality. Spend a little on seating. Spend a little more time together.

    6. One To Grow On

    Colorful, easy-to-maintain potted plants are a quick and convenient way to transform your front porch in an instant. For around $50, you’re covered for the season in beautiful, fragrant flora.

    Budget-friendly front porches - Schlage

    7. A Flash of Inspiration

    Brighten your porch with hanging fixtures, string lights, lanterns and more. There’s nothing quite like the warm, welcoming glow of a porch light on a summer night. And it can be yours for less than $100.

    8. Simple touches

    Look around, from your pantry and your basement to your closet or your garage, and uncover little touches that can liven up your front porch. A wooden bowl of lemons or a rose floating in a water goblet are free yet priceless.

    9. Details, Details, Details

    When was the last time you replaced your mailbox? Your house numbers? Your door knocker? It’s amazing how many simple style additions you can make. And for less than $50. Presto, change-o!

    10. Something Up Your Sleeve

    Don’t forget those little landscaping touches. Increase your curb appeal with path lighting, easy-to-care-for perennials, simple lawn ornamentation, a bird feeder or bird bath. Small investments can bring a big return.

    Budget front porches - Schlage
    A little imagination, some spare time and some spare cash. When it comes to turning your front porch into a neighborhood showplace, that’ll pretty much do the trick. Your front porch sets the tone for your entire home. Make a statement with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

    DIY dutch doors on a budget

    June 26, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018

    DIY dutch doors

    We want to help you achieve the dutch door look for less! Here are some of our favorite DIY projects.

     

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    It's no surprise that dutch doors are a popular design choice for traditional and modern styles alike. They offer a charming way to add a little more character to your home while maintaining utility and providing lots of value. You can read more about the benefits of dutch door styles here. If you want to add a dutch door to your home but are strapped for cash, we want to help you achieve the look for less! Here are some of our favorite dutch door DIYs and a few tips for getting the look just right.

    DIY dutch door

    Taking an existing interior door and adding a little DIY sweat and skill is a great way to save several hundred dollars on this interior upgrade. HGTV put together a thorough tutorial to help you get the look and functionality for way less.

    Exterior dutch door

    Just like with interior doors, you can take an existing front door and give it new life as a dutch door. Would you believe this project from This Old House only cost $63 to complete?! By adding a few details where the door is halved, you can keep this project from looking like you just...you know...sliced a door in half.

    DIY dutch barn door

    Feeling like putting your carpentry skills to use? Check out this DIY from Remodelaholic and get all the steps you need to create your own rustic, dutch barn door.

    Add a shelf

    Don't forget the charming shelf on the lower half of your dutch door. Get all the tips and tricks from Skaie of HomeJelly. If this is a project you'd rather not DIY, she has wonderful advice for working with a professional (and still saving a little dough!).

    INSTALL a screen

    If the fear of bugs and other unwanted pests are keeping you from your dutch door dreams. consider adding a retractable screen. They are often secured by magnets and can retract from top to bottom or side-to-side for taller doors. When not in use, they are obscure enough to not detract from the look of your dutch door, unlike most bulky screen doors.

    Get creative with paint

    Don't be afraid to get a little creative with your paint choice for your dutch doors. Consider painting the exterior a different color to add an interesting pop when the door swings inward. This can be a great way to create a cohesive look between two spaces as you consider a shade that complements both.

    DIY Summer

    Follow along with us on Facebook for plenty of DIY tips and tricks to make the most of your summer to-do list!

    5 steps for moving in and getting settled in your new home

    June 15, 2018 8:22 AM by reference-adjustment-service

    Friday, June 15, 2018

    Moving - New home checklist - Schlage

    In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, we've outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.

     

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    Moving - New Home Checklist - Schlage

    You’ve worked for this moment and have earned all the opportunity and rewards coming your way in your new home. The possibilities are virtually limitless now that you’re starting to settle in. In this, the second of our two-part post on preparing your current home for sale and moving into your new one, your friends at Schlage have outlined 5 steps to make the most of your move with a number of easy, DIY solutions.

    Moving - New door hardware - Schlage

    Step 1: Secure

    There are a number of things you should do, first thing, to make your new home as secure as possible.
     

    • Make sure your insurance coverages and information are up to date. If you need new home, property or flood insurance, now’s the time to find out.

    • Create a new, easily accessible emergency contact list, especially if you’ve moved some distance from your old home.

    • Replace the batteries (if applicable) in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure all of these systems are in good working order.

    • Replace fire extinguishers, making sure you have enough strategically placed so you can access them easily from all corners of the house.

    • Activate the home security system if there is one installed or install a new one (a home without a security system is more than three-times more likely to be broken into.)

    • Change all the locks in your home, as there’s no telling how many sets of old keys are floating around out there. Options range from re-keying current locks to replacing your exterior locks with the latest keyless electronic locks. Some of these can even be controlled from your smartphone from anywhere.

    Step 2: Assess

    Did everything arrive – and arrive intact? Is your new home clean and ready for you to move in? Is everything working as it should be?
     

    • Check all appliances, boxes and furniture for moving damage and don’t hesitate to file a claim with your mover if anything is amiss.

    • Clean before you unpack. This is the perfect time to deep clean, including getting vents and ductwork professionally cleaned.

    • Plan out where you want all your furnishings to go before you start moving things around.

    • Organize drawers, closets and storage now, before you actually start packing them full.

    • Check all home systems – from HVAC to electric service to utilities – to make sure everything has been hooked up, set up and is operating to your liking.

    Step 3: Settle In

    It’s time to unpack, unwind and start enjoying the fruits of your efforts. The end is in sight. According to our friends at The Spruce, organization is the key.
     

    • Determine your color scheme and decorating needs before you settle in and do as much of your painting and staining as possible before moving day.

    • Develop a plan for unpacking and decide where you want things to go before you open that first box.

    • Apply that same thinking to setting your furnishings, populating your shelves and decorating.

    • Unpack one room at a time, starting with the kitchen before moving on to bedrooms, bathrooms and larger, multi-use rooms (in that order).

    • Make sure you’re getting your mail! This isn’t something you want to discover was overlooked a week into your new home.

    Step 4: Connect

    Do friends and family know where to find you (well, the ones you want to find you, anyway)? Do you know who to call should you need anything? Make a list!
     

    • Don’t hesitate to ask your realtor for their list of contacts. He or she is a great resource for everything from plumbers and painters to local take out.

    • Update your own contact lists, from family and friends to those all-important emergency numbers to local services.

    • Get the lay of the land. Where is the nearest good pizza? How about the nearest pharmacy? Your nearest Lowe’s or The Home Depot? Scope it out.

    • Reach out to your immediate neighbors and introduce yourself if they haven’t already taken the initiative.
    Moving - Smart locks - Schlage

    Step 5: Celebrate

    It’s time to celebrate by giving yourself a well-deserved house warming party. Here’s how, from Better Homes and Gardens.

    Welcome home

    For people selling their home, very often the best investment is to just switch out their entryway door hardware incorporating the convenience, security and curb appeal it affords. For new home owners, however, an investment in all new door hardware, indoors and out, will continue to pay returns right up to and including when you’re in the market for your next new home.

     

    From all of us at Schlage, congratulations. We’re here to help you make your new home as secure as can be with our innovative, high performance and stylish mechanical and electronic door hardware.

     

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt are perfect for home automation and making your home smarter. These are but a few of the products Schlage offers to open possibilities for you and your new home. Share with friends and family who are looking to make a move and help open possibilities for them, too.

    Make it happen - 5 tips to make your outdoor DIY dreams come true

    June 13, 2018 9:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 13, 2018

    5 tips to make your outdoor DIY dreams come true

    With this easy DIY list, any homeowner can up the ante on their home’s curb appeal and get the summer started right!

     

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    Summertime is for fun in the sun, enjoying the great outdoors and getting active! There’s no better way to do all three than cracking open the shed and getting down to business making sure your home’s exterior is primed and ready for cook-outs, pool parties, or whatever else you have planned. With this easy DIY list, any homeowner can up the ante on their home’s curb appeal and get the summer started right!

    1. Get cooking

    Why just grill when you can grill in style? And we don’t mean breaking the bank by creating the ultimate backyard oasis – there are lots of simple ways to make your grilling area stand out. Add some sparkle with decorative LED lights; hang them on a trellis above the grill so they do double-duty as task lighting. Just make sure they’re hung high enough to avoid excessive heat exposure!

     

    Even if you like to keep the formal eating area separate, make sure you have some kind of seating near the grill – especially during parties. Similar to having a breakfast bar in the kitchen spread with snacks, this lets you keep chatting with your guests and being the life of the party while you’re preparing them an epic meal. And snacks. Always have snacks.

     

    You can also pick a theme like nautical or surf style to give your outdoor grilling area a memorable personality. You don’t need to buy expensive outdoor furniture – a few small but well-placed decorative touches can be enough to make a statement.
     

    2. Make the cut

    Never underestimate the power of landscaping. A well-groomed yard is non-negotiable when it comes to upping your curb appeal. There’s no need to become a master grower and design intricate gardens. Make an impact with just a few solid standbys: regularly trim the grass and bushes, and make merciless war on weeds. Your neighbors will thank you for it!
     

    3. Touch it up

    It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. You can go the whole nine yards and choose a fresh new palette, or simply refresh what you already have to add polish. Easy DIY painting projects that can freshen up your exterior include shutters, trim, doors, and porch enclosures. Annual touch ups are also a great way to prevent damage that can happen when paint is allowed to weather and flake off. Check out this article from Houzz to learn the right way to do outdoor paint touch ups.
     

    4. Beautify

    Thanks to the latest innovations in paint, even the saddest and sorriest looking outdoor furniture can be revived. Make sure the furniture is still structurally sound. If it isn’t and it’s plastic or metal, it may be time to go shopping for something new. If it’s wood and can be repaired, you can easily brighten up the look of it. The latest spray paints can adhere to just about any surface, and weather the elements like a champ for a long-lasting finish. This is an easy outdoor project than can be completed in the space of a weekend to add a bright, summery touch to your outdoor space.
     

    5. Modernize

    Every parent knows that summertime is the time when the kids run rampant! Keep better track of their comings and goings – and add a little flash to your front door – with a smart lock. This is an easy 10-minute update, and you can pair it with an elegant handleset grip in the perfect finish to add curb appeal – our adjustable throughbolt helps ensure you won’t have trouble fitting your new Schlage handleset grip onto your door. But your favorite thing about a connected lock is bound to be the convenience.

     

    With a Z-Wave enabled lock like the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, you can connect it to your existing smart home or alarm system so it works with your other smart devices and allows you to check in remotely and make sure the door is locked, or unlock it for a guest when you’re running late. Set up a smart home automation scene so your entry hall lights come on as soon you unlock the door at night. There are many possibilities, and exact features offered vary depending on the smart home system. Most will let you use your lock with Amazon Alexa voice control services, so the next time you need to lock the door behind you but your hands are full, you can easily do it just by asking Alexa.


    A Bluetooth enabled smart lock, like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, doesn’t require an existing smart home system – you can use it with your smartphone right out of the box. Add a Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter so you can pair the lock with your home WiFi network and lock/unlock remotely, as well as customize notifications so you always know when the kids get home. The Schlage Sense lock also offers voice control integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant.
     

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    Easy and affordable DIY tips for staging your home to sell

    June 4, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 4, 2018

    DIY Tips - Home Staging - Schlage

    Adding even a few smart home products is the single easiest way to boost your home’s value. Here's what you need to know before you buy or sell a home with smart home tech.

     

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    Home Staging ROI - Schlage

    Every dollar you invest in properly preparing and staging your home for sale adds about $2 to the selling price on average. There are a few simple and affordable DIY projects you can do to add even more value, giving you a better chance to get your asking price – or more. The best part? Most of these will cost you little more than some spare time.

     

    With some prior planning and a little DIY know-how and ingenuity, your home sale can be a pleasant and rewarding experience.

    Five steps to selling for more

    Here are five simple rules when staging your home to sell. Other handy links throughout, like this one to Realtor Mag, will take you to even more in-depth explorations.

    1. Depersonalize:

    Potential buyers want to see themselves in your home. Removing photographs and other personal items that reflect specifically on you, your family and your interests allow for buyers to fill in the blanks with imaginings from their own lives. Removing such items, packing them up and investing in a small self-storage unit will pay huge dividends for a relatively small investment.

     

    At the same time, set the dining room table as if you were expecting friends over for dinner, set up your front porch for entertaining and clean off the back patio or deck and stage it for a barbeque or garden party. You want your guests to see themselves living there. And loving it.

    DIY Tips - Home Staging - Schlage

    2. Maximize:

    You’ll want to make your home feel as expansive and livable as possible. Start by decluttering – a self-storage unit can help with this, too. From cleaning out closets, cabinets and drawers (buyers will snoop), to removing throw rugs from your bathroom, living room and kitchen, there are lots of little things you can do to make your space seem larger than life.

     

    Open up the curtains and let the sun shine in. Replace old, worn window treatments with inexpensive yet stylish new shades, curtains or shutters. Get things up and off the floor and out to storage. Remove excess furniture. Add mirrors for style and openness. Make every room big, bright, open and inviting.

    3. Sanitize:

    Your home can’t be clean enough. A spotlessly clean home tells a bigger story about just how much you cared for and maintained your home. Perception is reality. Scour the bathrooms and the kitchen, using water and bleach to remove mold and mildew. Really work to clean every nook and cranny. Scrub and polish floors, vacuum and shampoo carpets and any rugs you decide to leave about. Wash your windows. Clean and polish appliances (inside and out). Dust and wax furniture and bookcases. We’re talking a deep clean here.

     

    You might consider a bonded and insured professional cleaning service that is experienced in cleaning for home sellers. This is where your realtor can come in, so don’t hesitate to use him or her as a resource for finding anything you might need. Here are some additional suggestions from Angie’s list.

    4. Neutralize:

    In the continuing effort to let the buyer envision themselves living in your home, think neutral when styling and staging. Repaint key rooms in neutral colors. Decorate with monochromatic hues (for instance, using fresh, white towels in the bathroom instead of bright colors and replacing window treatments with clean, white curtains and shades). Declutter bookcases and replace half of your books with strategically placed pieces of art, vases or other simple, unobtrusive touches. These all serve to invite potential buyers to imagine your home as theirs.

     

    Keeping things simple and clean – and reducing clutter – are among the easiest and least expensive ways to prepare your home for sale.

    Home Staging - Smart locks - Schlage

    5. Modernize:

    Projects you invest in to modernize your home will more than pay for themselves when you sell it. Don’t be afraid to replace old kitchen appliances. Re-paint or stain old kitchen cabinets. Replace outdated cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures. Replace that old vanity in the bathroom with a new pedestal sink. These kinds of simple upgrades – many of them weekend DIY projects or a short jaunt to Lowe’s away – will work wonders.

     

    Another simple update that pays big dividends is replacing your old front door lock with a keyless electronic lock. Instead of having a realtor’s lockbox or spare housekeys floating around out there, you can program up to 30 individual security codes depending up on the lock type you select. Codes can be activated, de-activated and replaced as often as you see fit. And with some of today’s locks, you can program them from anywhere, using your smartphone.

     

    A new lock with a stylish new handleset is the perfect finishing touch to that front-porch refurbishing project. It adds curb appeal, convenience and next-level security – and affordably. It also makes a great first impression when prospective buyers come calling.

    Schlage electronic locks

    Schlage offers a wide selection of keyless options from which to choose. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt allow easier home access using your smartphone. These are all reflective of a heritage of innovation and style that traces back to 1909 when company founder Walter Schlage first patented a door lock that also turned on a home’s lights!

     

    Schlage electronic locks are the ideal DIY project. They are easy to install, requiring only a screwdriver and a little free time. They’re available in a wide selection of styles and finishes. And they add peace of mind that’s very welcome among the stresses and anxiety that come with selling a home and planning a move.

     

    Is your home ready to sell? Think depersonalize, maximize, sanitize, neutralize and modernize and you’ll be well on your way.

    6 budget-friendly, high impact French door makeovers

    May 14, 2018 8:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    French Door Makeovers

    We’ve teamed up with a few bloggers and designers and gathered a few of our favorite French door style tips to help you plan a makeover that is easy on your time and budget.

     

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    French doors are a popular choice in homes that want to separate two interior spaces but still allow the rooms to feel connected while adding a charming touch. They can also be used as exterior patio doors allowing homeowners to seamlessly extend their personal style into the great outdoors. While French doors often speak for themselves in adding a bit of character to a home, they can quickly feel outdated if the details are neglected. We’ve teamed up with a few bloggers and designers below and gathered our favorite style tips to help you plan a French door makeover that is easy on your time and budget.

    Designer Trapped

    There’s no reason to be overwhelmed at the thought of updating the hardware in your home. With a few thoughtful updates at a time, you can make an impact quickly and affordably, like Tasha from Designer Trapped. The French doors that separated her office from the rest of her home were plain and uninteresting. With a new coat of paint and Matte Black Latitude Levers, her French doors became the style statement her office needed.

    Black French Doors - Matte Black Latitude Lever - Schlage

    Two Twenty One

    While Chelsea of Two Twenty One already had a gorgeous entryway full of craftsmen details and the perfect, full pane French doors, she knew there was one final touch missing – a door knob upgrade. Swapping the original, boring builder-grade hardware to Schlage’s new Custom Hobson glass knobs was the perfect finishing touch her entryway needed to truly make an impact.

    French Doors - Glass knobs - Schlage Custom

    Bless’er House

    This home owned by Lauren of Bless’er House is definitely a French door paradise! With so many doors leading to exterior and interior spaces, we’re happy she’s sharing her best hack for stress-free French door painting. We find the contrast she created by painting all of her doors absolutely swoon-worthy!

    Black french doors - Paint hack - Makeover

    Little House of Four

    While it seems many homeowners are choosing to go lighter and more neutral with their walls, doors are quickly becoming a popular option for adding contrast and a pop of color in smaller doses. We love how Katie chose to paint all of her interior doors, including the French doors found in her basement, a dark, charcoal grey. It adds uniformity and interest throughout the home.

    French doors - Dark grey

    Honeybear Lane

    When Heidi of Honeybear Lane added beautiful, white board and batten to her home’s entryway, she needed to find a place to add a little contrast. Her French doors leading into the craft room proved to be the perfect place. After painting the doors a dark charcoal grey and polishing them off with new Bright Brass knobs and hinges, her entryway quickly became a style haven. Get all the details on this project including another great hack for removing paint from French door window panes.

    French doors - Bright brass door knobs - Schlage

    Polkadot chair

    We’ve shared this home office refresh many times before but we’re still in love with the unique way Melissa refreshed her space. Painting the ceiling was a bold but genius move and the hardware she added to her French doors is the icing on the cake. From the outside looking in, this space has instant wow-factor.

    French doors - Accent lever with Camelot trim - Schlage
    Feeling inspired to make an update? Don’t forget to check out our guide to French door locks here. When you’re ready, we’d love to see photos of your makeover! Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to be featured.
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