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    How to transform old door locks into something uniquely new.

    August 6, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019

    Repurposed old door locks | Schlage

    It’s time to teach an old door new tricks. If you’re a fan of upcycling, try this DIY project for repurposing old doors and door locks.



    It’s time to teach an old door new tricks. If you’re a fan of upcycling, try this DIY project for repurposing old doors and door locks. You can tackle the whole project or choose the parts you like best to create a beautifully unique towel or coat rack.

    Create a towel rack

    Think about it. How often do you already hang things on your door knobs? If your old door knobs still look fabulous but fall short of working great – here’s looking at you, vintage homeowners – this is the perfect opportunity to retain the classic style in your house without sacrificing security and convenience.


    Bless’er House takes us through the steps for creating an antique door knob towel rack. In a nutshell, you’re simply going to screw the knobs to some kind of base – wooden planks, picture frames, salvaged wood or even just the wall itself.

    Spruce up the entryway

    You can keep the entryway theme going by using a door as your base like Rustica did. Just refinish it to match the room’s style, turn it on its side and you have a piece that makes a style statement and helps you stay organized.

    Get organized

    And because we can always use more storage and organization, don’t be afraid to try this in other areas of your house. Create an upcycled rack in your entryway, foyer or mudroom to collect jackets and bags when kids get home. Make smaller versions to hold purses, scarves or jewelry in your bedroom or closet. Hang a mirror nearby, maybe add a sconce, and it transforms into a vanity. You’re only limited by your imagination.

    If you replaced all the door hardware in your home and still have knobs left over, or if you’re just looking for a smaller project, here are more ideas for transforming your old door hardware.



    Looking for more ways to transform a door into something unexpected? These seven ways you can repurpose an old door will awe your guests and amaze your neighbors.


    If you’re feeling inspired, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram for more ways to capture your perfect style. Or check out more design tips on the Schlage blog.


    20 small space décor ideas you can steal from dorm rooms.

    July 31, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 31, 2019

    Small space decor ideas | Schlage

    You may not be eating, sleeping, studying and socializing in one room like a college student, but you can still take a page from their book for your own small space décor.



    They’re the ones going back to school, but you can learn something too if you keep an open mind. Even though you aren’t eating, sleeping, studying and socializing in one room like a college student, still take a page from their book for your own small space décor. Class is in session.

    1. Easy on the wallet and floorplan

    When space is at a premium, more is not always better. If you’re tired of the same old look but don’t have the room to add something new, or can’t afford to, DIY your existing furniture. Lots of dorm room tips suggest temporary wallpaper on dresser drawers for some color and pizzazz. Because you actually own your furniture, don’t be afraid to try a fresh coat of paint, or use Apartment Therapy’s how-to guide to updating drawer pulls.

    2. One thing fits all

    If you purchase new furniture, choose multipurpose pieces. Whatever takes up valuable space better be multitasking. Think about ottomans, the quintessential storage/seating/coffee table/footstool piece. Or, and hang in there with us because it’s not as lame as you think, a daybed. One of these posh options from The Chriselle Factor definitely won’t be found in the average dorm.

    3. On the move

    Especially if a piece is multifunctional, you might need it to move around. Find furniture that’s mobile so you can transport it easily when it’s a bar cart in the kitchen, a nightstand in the bedroom, a makeup tray in the bathroom and a side table in the living room.

    4. Flip-flop furniture

    Rearrange the furniture you do have. Sometimes just shifting the chair from under the window to beside the bookcase and swapping the end table to the other side of the couch can open up space you didn’t even know you had.

    5. Beautiful hues

    College students can’t paint their walls, so they rely on colorful pillows and other accessories. Use that same strategy for brightening up your small space. A few strategically placed eye-catching pieces can make a big difference. And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.

    6. Gorgeous coming and going

    There’s a reason so many dorm room ideas on Pinterest suggest using washi tape to decorate the door. Leave the temporary tape alone and try a more sophisticated approach to making your door – something that’s already there and not taking up valuable space – a beautiful focal point of your home. Choose a unique color, add molding for visual detail or opt for a glass insert to allow light to shine through. Check out these tips for making a hollow core door look more expensive.

    7. Light it up

    Make small spaces feel larger by adding light. Even if your home has overhead lighting, add lamps for their function as well as their décor possibilities.

    8. Now you see it

    We often suggest adding mirrors to foyers because they tend to be darker and cramped. Mirrors work for other rooms in your house as well. They reflect light and trick the eye into thinking there’s more space than there is.

    9. Sophisticated splurge

    Avoid your small space feeling like a dorm by choosing high-quality materials. Furniture that will last, lush fabrics or luxurious bedding will give you a sophisticated feel. (No one has ever felt posh eating off paper or plastic plates.) And because your space is small, it can be more cost effective to splurge on the quality goods than if you’re decorating a great room.

    10. Worthy windows

    Do you know who doesn’t put curtains on their windows? Prisons. Add window treatments to soften a room and make it feel like somewhere you actually want to be. They won’t take up much space and the perfect color or pattern can change the mood. If you hang your curtains high, you can also create the illusion that your windows are bigger.

    11. The joy of cleaning

    Clutter is the enemy of small spaces, so organization is vital. A family command center to keep messages and schedules straight, drawer bins to contain all those bathroom baubles or stylish baskets to wrangle school supplies can help keep the room feeling larger.

    12. Unobstructed views

    Move things off the countertops, which can make any space feel overrun with clutter, and hang them on the backs of doors, inside cabinets or even behind drapes. Society 19 uses hooks for hairdryers, but you could do the same with baskets for snacks on the inside of a kitchen cabinet, keys in an entryway or brooms in a narrow garage or utility closet. Use Command hooks if nail holes are a turnoff.

    13. Shining personality

    A key to making any small space not feel sterile – a risk when you try to keep clutter to a minimum – is to intentionally add homey touches. Each accessory or piece of artwork should have personal or significant meaning. Family photos are a can’t-miss in this department.

    14. Go for green

    Plants go a long way toward making a home, whether it’s a dorm or your permanent residence, feel like an actual home. Hanging planters or these living walls bring the green without taking up too much space. And a DIY painted pot can add a personal touch.

    15. Working undercover

    All the area rugs are too big or too tiny for your space, you say? Then customize your look with a collection of smaller ones. Piece together multiple of the same design or layer rugs that contrast for a quirkier look.

    16. Sharing is caring

    Sometimes roommates in an 8x12 dorm need their space, and sometimes you want to separate the bed from the desk. Popular in guest room-office combos, a well-chosen room divider can do wonders. HGTV suggests a cubed bookcase. It provides separation without totally closing off the room and making it feel claustrophobic. It also gives ample opportunities for decoration.

    17. Charming displays

    If you have beautiful things – jewelry, scarves, decorative glass – there’s no rule that says you have to keep them hidden away. China cabinets have glass panels for a reason. Use crates or shadow boxes to display them when they’re not in use.

    18. Up, down and all around

    Not everything needs to be at eye level. Place higher shelving over the toilet, for example. Use that space between the top of the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. Move a nightstand or shelves over the bed. Or go lower and install storage below the bed. As The Budget Decorator shows us, it doesn’t have to be plastic bins, and thank goodness for that.

    19. Stunning hangout

    Tapestry as wall art doesn’t have to be frat house tie-dye. With Bohemian modern being so stylish now, there’s no shortage of gorgeous patterned textiles you can hang to create a dramatic focal point without taking up much room. We also like these library-themed tapestries. (Maybe there’s some college nostalgia in us after all.)

    20. Good-looking nook

    If your small space is unusually shaped or you have a nook tucked in somewhere, transform it into something uniquely you. It won’t take much to turn an awkward corner into a cozy reading lounge, a workspace, a den for Fido or a spot to showcase your favorite collections.


    Small space décor doesn’t have to be boring and because you’re a grown-up, it definitely shouldn’t look like you’re in a dorm room. For more inspiration for spaces of any size, follow Schlage on Pinterest and Instagram.


    Color is the key: HGTV and Schlage present 1 entry 3 ways.

    July 22, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    1 entryway, 3 ways | Schlage

    See how Schlage handlesets offer something for every style and discover easy tips for adding curb appeal to your home.



    Schlage and HGTV’s popular 1 Thing 3 Ways have teamed up to showcase a variety of looks for your entryway and foyer. From Mid-Century Modern home style to Traditional or Bohemian, these practical and affordable upgrades bring your front entryway to life and make a real impression on guests, whether they’re coming or going. See how Schlage handlesets offer something for every style and discover easy tips for adding curb appeal to your home.
    1 entryway makeover shown in 3 different styles

    Color of the year

    Mid-century modern coral front door with Schlage Custom hardware.
    Vibrant, bold coral is Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year. It’s quintessential Mid Century Modern, so pair this eye-catching, trendy splash of the Florida Keys with any of Schlage’s modern trims in Satin Nickel. You’ll have the makings of a vacation retreat on your front porch. Carry the finish through to lighting, decorations and other modern accessories, and add some colorful and complementary geometric accents to turn your entryway into a work of art.
    Schlage Custom Century handleset on coral front door.
    Mid-century modern entryway.
    Mid-century modern front porch shelf decor.

    Less is more

    Traditional style entryway with trendy accessories.
    They call it “barely-there blue.” It's a subtle yet distinctive light blue that, along with a favorite Schlage finish, Satin Brass, brings a traditional farmhouse charm to HGTV’s second entryway design. Inspired by robin’s-egg blue, this truly special hue and its brass pairings allow for a lot of flexibility in choosing furnishings and accessories. Adding shrubs and other fun touches completes a look that’s sure to turn heads.
    Light blue front door with satin brass Schlage Custom door hardware.
    Schlage Custom Camelot handleset in Satin Brass.
    Traditional style entryway bench with trendy accessories.

    Boho Rhapsody

    Yellow front door with Boho style decor.
    If you want to really push the envelope and make a big statement, the third entryway and its sunshine yellow door color will certainly do the trick. Bohemian style, paired perfectly with Matte Black door hardware from Schlage, creates a striking show of tasteful balance. Matte is the new black, so you’ll have no trouble finding accessories to complement this eye-opening look.
    Boho style chair on front porch with pillows.
Boho style entryway decor.
    Schlage Custom Hobson glass knob with Matte Black finish.

    One thing - a simple entry - done three distinct ways full of personality and panache. Check out the video and see more of what HGTV is serving up in this popular feature. One entry, done three ways, featuring the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.


    Remodeling for resale? Recoup your investment with these projects.

    July 19, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 19, 2019

    Remodeling for resale | Schlage

    Where do you invest so that you improve resale value? The answer to that question is actually easier – and less expensive – than you might think.



    You don’t want to waste your money, do you? Of course not, and when you’re moving, you’re even more aware of your cashflow than normal. What you do want is to remodel to make your home more enticing to potential buyers. But where do you invest so that you improve resale value? The answer to that question is actually easier – and less expensive – than you might think.

    First impressions rule

    House hunters decide whether they’re in love with your home within the first few seconds of seeing it. We’re talking the minute they pull up to the driveway. That means your curb appeal needs to be on the mark. According to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report (, a garage door replacement can help you recoup 97.5 percent of your investment when you sell. This trend has held for the last few years, so it’s a change you can be confident in making. And with the average replacement costing around $3,600, it’s a relatively small expense compared to other remodeling projects.


    If you can’t afford to completely replace your garage door, there are some smaller DIY projects that make a large statement without a large price tag. A simple coat of paint that complements the color scheme of the rest of the house and some hardware for visual interest can create the impression of a new door. Check out Remodelaholic for an example and some stunning before-and-after photos.


    Adding manufactured stone veneer to your home’s façade can be nearly as impactful. The Cost vs. Value Report found that sellers recovered nearly 95 percent of their investment on resale, proving yet again that first impressions really do matter.

    Get cooking

    When it comes to interior remodeling projects that will improve resale value, the Cost vs. Value Report indicates that focusing on the kitchen is likely best for ROI. The key here, however, is that it’s minor kitchen remodels that result in 80.5 percent recouped expenses. Major kitchen remodels, on average, return closer to 60 percent depending on how upscale the project is. This hasn’t changed much over the years, either. Similar findings were highlighted in 2015 as well.


    Many factors can play into why minor projects pay off better – materials and labor typically cost less, and it leaves the door open for new homeowners to customize it to their own tastes, for example. If you’re looking for smaller updates you can make in the kitchen that won’t break the bank, consider door hardware as part of your investment.


    Schlage Custom™ Door Hardware offers a variety of designs and finishes to complement any style of home. Choose a door knob or lever that stands out as an eye-catching statement piece buyers will remember or keep it more subdued with a style that blends more with the rest of the room. You can also match the finish to appliances and plumbing fixtures for a cohesive look throughout the kitchen. Perhaps best of all, the new homeowners will appreciate the attention to detail and installation of high-quality products.

    Moving doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Check out our real estate guide for more tips on how to improve your home’s resale value and ideas for making the big transition simpler.


    © 2019 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at


    How to create a family command center for back-to-school.

    July 16, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    DIY Family Command Center Ideas | Schlage

    Learn how to create the perfect family command center, then keep reading for a few bonus organizational hacks to make this schoolyear the best one yet.



    Back-to-school season means the beginning of balancing schedules, tracking down homework and meal planning. It’s wrangling backpacks, packing lunches and … where is your left shoe? Learn how to create the perfect family command center, then keep reading for a few bonus organizational hacks to make this schoolyear the best one yet.

    Bobby needs poster board for his science project on Thursday, Susie has basketball practice Tuesday night and you’re scheduled to get coffee with Jen in the morning. Not only will your command center help you manage who needs to be where and when, but with the right pieces, you’ll also remember to buy the science fair supplies ahead of time, turn in the sports waiver, and you’ll be able to find your keys to get to your java date. When everything has its own place, and it’s all in one place, mornings will run smoother and evenings can be dedicated to family time, not panic time.

    What to include

    • Dry-erase board or chalkboard: Perfect for jotting down shopping list items, messages for family members and to-do lists.

    • Post-its: In case you need to leave a message that’s a little more permanent or take it with you. Also ideal for writing encouraging notes to hide in their lunchbox.

    • Writing tools: Pens and pencils, Sharpies, dry-erase markers, chalk to take those all-important notes.

    • Corkboard or magnet board: For pinning important messages where you’ll see them or hanging your kids’ artwork for everyone to enjoy.

    • Calendar: A dry-erase or reusable monthly calendar à la Bless’er House for easy schedule updates or this DIY calendar from Babble that also adds some color.

    • Clock: To stick to your tight schedule mapped out in the command center.

    • Hanging folder system: Permission slips, mail, receipts and coupons stay contained. One slot per child helps them know where their things are.

    • Hooks: For anything and everything – purses, backpacks, coats, dog leashes, keys – so they don’t get buried under other items, never to be seen again.

    • Cubbies or baskets: Great for storing backpacks out of sight, sliding shoes out of the flow of traffic, or hiding any other items you need on hand but don’t want to stare at.

    • Bench: Ideal for entryway command centers so everyone can remove shoes before they track mud through the house.

    Where to build it

    Entryway: Everything you need to get out the door is conveniently by the door.

    Kitchen: You congregate here every day and can keep some of those items stored in a cabinet.
    Closet: Because keeping everything contained is the name of the game.
    Nook: Turn that awkward space into something useful for once.
    Gallery wall: Everyone can see it, so there are no excuses for forgetting a chore.

    Back-to-school organizational hacks

    • If you’re like most parents of busy kids, you’re also part shuttle bus driver. Keep your car organized with over-the-seat pockets or bins. We can’t guarantee it will keep the Cheerios out of the seat crannies, but at least the kids will know where to find the snacks and travel games.

    • Especially before the start of the schoolyear, and even throughout, purge clothes and craft supplies. You’ll clear out unnecessary clutter and have a better idea of what you need to buy for the first day.

    • Making healthy meals can be tough when you’re busy. Good Housekeeping suggests a lunchbox cupboard and storing sandwich fixings together for easy meal prep.

    • Designate or build a homework station. It’ll help keep your kids focused and all their supplies will be contained in one convenient location without taking over the dinner table.

    • If you need your little one to stick to a routine but they can’t read yet, create an illustrated schedule. Pictures of a toothbrush, apple and moon can help them learn when to get ready for the day, have lunch and go to bed. Place the pictures on a clock where the numbers would be.

    Find more stylish and convenient solutions from Schlage for back-to-school, and year-round, on Pinterest and Instagram.


    Happy trails, wagging tails: Tips for moving with pets.

    July 12, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 12, 2019

    Tips for moving with pets | Schlage

    Our pets are part of our family, so make sure their transition is as safe and comfortable as possible, the same way you would for kids and other loved ones.



    If you’re stressed about a move, just imagine how Fluffy and Fido feel. Our pets are part of our family, so make sure their transition is as safe and comfortable as possible, the same way you would for kids and other loved ones. Here are our favorite tips for moving with pets.
    Dog in moving box.

    Keep calm

    Find your inner calm. Animals have that sixth sense, so if you’re anxious, they probably will be, too. Also, start early on getting your pet acclimated to its crate. If they aren’t already crate trained, visit for tips. This could take quite a bit of time and patience, so you’ll want to put it at the top of your to-do list. Help them get used to their crate so they can relax during transport.

    Know the rules

    Research local or state ordinances for breeds, required vaccinations and tags, and leash laws in your new area. Also check with your homeowners’ association about what documentation you need for your dog as well as what is permissible regarding new fences and home improvement projects you plan to tackle on Spot’s behalf.

    Check in with your vet

    If your pet isn’t already microchipped, consider doing that now. (If they are chipped, remember to update your address.) There are so many opportunities for them to give you the slip during a move – when the front door is open while hauling furniture, if they’re confused by their new neighborhood, if they’re determined to return to their old stomping grounds. Visit your vet to have your pet chipped and more:


    • Ask for tips about transporting your pet safely and comfortably, especially if you’re traveling long distances.

    • Refill any medications your pet needs regularly before you leave.

    • Research what rabies shots and other vaccines your pet needs according to local regulations. Your vet can help with this and make sure Fluffy is up to code before you hit the road.

    • Ask for recommendations for a new vet, if necessary.

    • Get a copy of your pet’s medical records for the new vet or to provide proof of vaccine, breed or other requirements in your new area.

    Pack for your pet

    Prepare an overnight kit for your pet, just like you would for yourself. You Move Me suggests enough food, toys, grooming tools and kitty litter – maybe even a second litter box – for the first few days in your new home. You might also include a worn T-shirt so they have your scent with them during high-stress times.

    Secure them during the move

    You don’t want your pet to slip out when the movers have the front door propped open or trip you as you’re carrying boxes. The simplest solutions? Assign a family member to be on dog duty to keep them entertained and out of harm’s way. Ask a friend to watch them, maybe overnight. Or secure them in a “safe room” like the bathroom. From personal experience, we recommend putting a sign on the safe room door: “Escape Kitty – Do Not Open.”

    Drive or fly?

    If you’re transporting your pet by car, consider a safety harness (puppy seatbelt) and seat cover to protect your upholstery. Be mindful of when you feed your pet, especially if they get carsick. Among the New York Times’ tips from the president of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association is feeding them several hours before the trip and then not again until you’re at your destination. If you’re going long distance, be sure to book pet-friendly hotels so you don’t have to leave them in the car.


    If you plan to fly with your pet, check with the airline before you do anything. They will have regulations based on the type of pet, its size and even the time of year you’re traveling. For example, if your pet is traveling in cargo rather than in the cabin with you, you may only be able to fly in the spring or fall when temperatures are more moderate.

    Get settled

    Your pet may need more time getting settled than anyone else in your family. Unpack their things first, preferably in a room just for them. Make sure they have their favorite food, toys, scratching posts and eau-de-owner T-shirt. You can slowly introduce them to the rest of the house from there until they get used to their new surroundings. It may take them a week or more before they feel settled, according to Indianapolis veterinarian Greg Magnusson, so be patient. A few extra treats probably wouldn’t hurt either.


    Magnusson also says it’s especially important to maintain puppy’s routine. Avoid changing its food and if you typically went for walks three times a day, stick with it. Also, take time to introduce your dog to the new neighborhood and all the new sounds, smells and people they’re going to encounter from now on.

    Pet-proof your new digs

    To do #1: pet-proof the new home. The ASPCA says to tuck away all electrical cords, close off small spaces to keep your pet from getting stuck, secure window screens and remove pest-control traps with poison. Outdoors, you’ll want to remove poisonous plants and secure the yard. If you have a fence, inspect it for loose boards or gaps, and double-check that it’s tall enough that Fido can’t make a leaping escape.


    And here’s a security tip for you and your furry friend. It’s vital that you replace the locks on your new home as soon as possible. You never know who might have a spare key from before you took ownership. When you’re updating your deadbolts, consider a smart lock. Not only do they provide superior security, but they also add convenience. Each Schlage smart lock stores multiple unique access codes for trusted friends, family and even dogwalkers or pet sitters. You can schedule codes to be active at certain times of the day, so if your dogwalker comes Thursdays at noon, you can set up the code to work only when they’re expected. You can also use the activity log in compatible apps on your smartphone to see when a code was used, so you know if your pet sitter arrived on time.

    Finish with friendly details

    Finally, find all those resources your pet will need and love – the park, a new doggy daycare/boarding service, groomers – and introduce your four-legged family members to the neighbors. Maybe schedule a puppy playdate. It’s the perfect way to get to know your new neighbors and it will be helpful to have some helping hands in the future if you need someone to cat sit or search for a lost dog.


    We know not all pets are felines and canines. Visit You Move Me for tips on moving birds, fish and guinea pigs. My Moving Reviews has advice for reptiles and amphibians.


    Visit for more tips and resources for moving. If you’re ready to replace your deadbolts but don’t know which smart lock is right for you, try our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    Moving with Pets Pinterest image.

    4 steps to perfect back-to-school photos.

    July 9, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    Back to school photo ideas | Schlage

    These four steps will help you capture your kiddos’ first day of school and preserve those memories for years to come.



    They grow up so fast and you want to remember these moments forever. These four steps will help you capture your kiddos’ first day of school and preserve those memories for years to come.

    1. Set the scene

    When was the last time someone took a back-to-school picture with their child sitting on the couch? You just don’t do it. It’s almost always in the front yard or on the porch. Once you have Junior looking sharp for his first day, get your doorway in order, too. If nothing else, you can use this time as an excuse to make the upgrades you’ve been wanting for months.


    • You can never go wrong with comfortable seating on your patio. Kids will love a porch swing, and there will be room for everyone in the photo if you have a larger brood.
    • Update accessories – door hardware, the mailbox, house numbers and light fixtures – for a quick and economical update. A fresh coat of paint for your door can do wonders as well. They’re small details, but they have major impact when you need to spruce up your entryway.

    • Install a trellis for climbing foliage or create a plant wall. Done on a porch, this can create shade and privacy from your neighbors. For back to school, it can make a colorfully lush backdrop for your photoshoot. Bonus points if you color coordinate your flowers with your kids’ first-day wardrobe.


    2. Get the sign

    A simple chalkboard is a classic. You can reuse it at the beginning of summer and each year, and it’s easy to jot down what your Mini Me wants to be when she grows up and what her favorite subject is. Or shake things up and try one of these DIY back-to-school photo ideas.


    3. Take the photo

    With cameras on every smartphone these days, snapping a picture has never been easier. If you want a more professional look, try these tips for taking great back-to-school photos.


    • >> Stage the photo the weekend before the first day of school when your kids are more relaxed … and happier looking.
    • The Dating Divas >> Give your child a prop that shows their personality and gives them something to do with their hands.
    • One Crazy House >> Loosen up with these funny back-to-school photo ideas for the whole family.

    4. Savor the moment

    Don’t be that person who takes a thousand pictures and then leaves them on their phone, never to be seen again. Take the time to print and frame your favorites. Up your creative quotient with these back-to-school photo frames.


    Happy Back to School season from Schlage! Share your back-to-school photos with us on Instagram and use #Schlage #MakeTheGrade.


    Say “hello” to better vacation rental business.

    July 5, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 5, 2019

    Vacation rental check in tips | Schlage

    Guests who feel welcome tend to become repeat rental customers, something that you, as a property manager, need to succeed on Airbnb and VRBO.



    Guests who feel welcome tend to become repeat rental customers, something that you, as a property manager, need to succeed on Airbnb and VRBO. And how do you provide an experience that converts customers and earns positive reviews? Show that you go the extra mile for your guests’ comfort: Pay attention to the details and make their stay simple and convenient.
    Handing over keys to vacation rental.

    Your “hello” matters

    Welcoming your guests properly starts before they even set foot on your property. When you’re in communication with them before their visit, don’t rely on automated emails. A personalized touch, not to mention replying to questions quickly, makes a statement about how much you respect their business and how you’ll handle problems that may come up.


    Hostfully also recommends getting to know your guests before their arrival. Find out why they’re staying with you – a girls’ wine tour, a family reunion, an anniversary getaway – and what they’re interested in. Then give a local gift or a welcome basket based on that insight. Maybe treat them to a local bottle of vino or a bouquet of roses to set the romantic mood. Even if you don’t provide a customized gift, still consider fresh flowers or a thoughtful gift from the region to make them feel like family.


    At Schlage, we love a beautiful entryway you can’t take your eyes off, but Hostfully makes a good point about not having conversations in the doorway. If you’re on site when your guests arrive, let them into the house and give them a chance to set down their bags. Offer them some water and let them catch their breath. Only then do you want to begin your welcome speech with all the essential information about staying with you.


    As part of the full welcome package, include an information book, either emailed ahead of time or provided on the property. Anticipate their needs with instructions on how to adjust the thermostat and connect to the WiFi, and offer expert suggestions on the best dining and local tourist highlights. If you’ve installed a Schlage smart lock, include our tip sheets in case they have questions about how to use it.


    You should also include policies about how to treat the property (it helps protect your investment) and a list of emergency contact information. Include your own phone number and email as well as details for local police, fire departments and hospitals.

    A welcoming – and secure – statement

    If you can’t be there when your guests arrive, either because you have other commitments or the vacation home is in another state, you can still welcome customers so they don’t feel like an afterthought. One way is by installing a smart lock. With all the advantages of keyless convenience, these locks remove many of the hassles of checking in and allow visitors to come and go as they please. That simplicity is the welcoming statement that separates you from the competition.


    Access codes are the … *ahem* key … to providing ease and convenience to your guests. When you send visitors their unique code before they arrive, they’ll have access to the home without your needing to arrange a key exchange. Providing the code in advance doesn’t mean they’ll have immediate access – unless you want them to. If check-in time isn’t until noon because of cleaning, for instance, you can schedule those codes to be activated only when you know the house will be ready.


    Not being tied to the property to provide a key at a specific time can actually boost your business, particularly with certain kinds of guests. VRBO names flexible check-in times as one way to attract weekenders. They’re only staying for a short time, so don’t delay their fun by making them wait on the porch.


    Because you can create multiple access codes, you can save some specifically for guests, have a different code for your house cleaner and another one entirely for trusted maintenance teams. You can also view a history log through the Schlage Home app to see when codes have been used, so you can be confident that your handyman arrived to fix the toilet or that guests checked out as expected.


    When guests are done staying with you, you don’t want them to have access to the rental property anymore. You can schedule access codes to expire at the end of their visit so they can’t return unannounced. And because you never provided a key, you know they didn’t make a copy before they left.


    Try our Get Help Deciding Tool to find out which Schlage smart lock is right for your vacation home. Check out the features of the Schlage Home app as well – compatible with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt – and see how creating and managing access codes, checking your locks’ status and more from your smartphone can make your job easier and your property more secure.


    Looking for more ways to boost your vacation rental business with a welcoming statement? Check out this Schlage blog for simple ways to improve your property’s curb appeal.


    4 for the 4th: Independence Day party ideas that will make a bang.

    June 25, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 25, 2019

    4th of July front door decor | Schlage

    Schlage wants you to be holiday-ready with these four ideas for hosting the ultimate Fourth of July.



    Apple pie, fireworks and pool parties. It doesn’t get much more American than that. Schlage wants you to be holiday-ready with these four ideas for hosting the ultimate Fourth of July.

    1. Patriotic porch

    Show your patriotic pride by sprucing up your curb appeal with the stars and stripes. You can’t go wrong with American flags, either flying from your porch or tucked into wreaths and flower pots, like we see at On Sutton Place. Add red, white and blue cushions to porch furniture for a more subtle patriotic flair. Or try Fourth-themed lanterns, which you can make yourself with this tutorial from Frugally Blonde.

    2. BBQ bash

    Get ready to host the perfect Independence Day bash. The Budget Decorator is full of cheap and easy DIY decorating tips, including a patriotic paper chain you can make with the kids. There are also a few ideas to upcycle containers to use at your BBQ.

    And speaking of food, try your hand at some tasty treats from Four Generations One Roof. We especially like the ombre cake and kid-friendly drinks. Looking for July Fourth recipes a bit more on the healthy side? How about My Domaine’s chargrilled corn with chili lime butter and lobster pasta salad? We think these will have your guests’ taste buds exploding in the best way.


    If you don’t know where to start or are looking for inspiration on the kind of party you want to host, check out our blog on finding your backyard party personality.

    3. Guest-ready garden

    Whether you’re having friends and family over for that BBQ or you’re heading out of town, make sure your garden is in shape. Have it looking sharp for party guests with some red, white and blue flowers. Now’s also a great time for some yard maintenance that also improves security. Trim bushes that can serve as hiding places for intruders and make sure your pool, garden shed and other backyard features are safe for guests, young and old.

    If you’re taking a long holiday weekend, try some of these tips from The Spruce for watering your plants while you’re on vacation. There are options for every gardener’s taste, from DIY self-watering jugs to high-tech sprinkler timers to asking a neighbor to keep an eye on your greens.

    4. Secure home for the holiday

    With all the holiday excitement, it can be easy to forget important home security practices. If you’re hitting the road for that weekend getaway, you might appreciate having the convenience and peace of mind that comes with a Schlage smart lock. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt can each be controlled remotely from anywhere via compatible apps on your smartphone when connected to your home’s wireless network. You can then check the status of your lock from the road – no more wondering if you locked up before you left home – as well as manage access codes for house sitters while you’re away.

    If you have guests coming to stay with you, you can also grant unique access codes to your visitors so they can easily come and go as they please, then set the codes to expire at the end of their visit. You should be enjoying the fireworks, not tracking down spare keys.


    Use our Get Help Deciding Tool to find out which lock is right for you and check out more features available through the Schlage Home app.


    Above all else, enjoy this Independence Day with friends and family. We’d love to see how you celebrate, so be sure to share your holiday décor and festivities with us on Instagram or Twitter.


    Simple, stylish curb appeal to improve your vacation rental bookings.

    June 21, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 21, 2019

    Vacation rental curb appeal | Schlage

    You want two things from your vacation rental: lots of bookings and low maintenance. One way to achieve both is with some major curb appeal.



    You want two things from your vacation rental: lots of bookings (which leads to income) and low maintenance. One way to achieve both – whether you’re local to your rental property or live in another state – is with some major curb appeal.

    What’s the big deal about curb appeal?

    Amenities like a well-stocked kitchen and soft sheets are important for a vacation rental. But just like your own home, the front entryway makes a powerful first impression, and you want your guests to feel good immediately about staying with you. Renters make a snap judgement about what they’re their visit will be like, often based on the appearance of the house the moment they see it.


    Curb appeal also comes through in photos. A well-maintained yard and attractive door in your booking photos can help sell prospective renters on your property over someone else’s. It says that you take care of the house and that details don’t go overlooked. To many, those are signs that they’ll enjoy their stay, and that means more bookings and more money in your pocket.


    Check out VRBO’s tips for taking better photos of your rental property. And don’t forget to update your photos around holiday time. When people are looking for the perfect Christmas getaway, a house decorated for the season can be a tipping point as well.

    Update the front door

    There are plenty of simple and cost-effective ways to update your property’s exterior. In addition to a fresh coat of paint on the door and shutters, remember the small details that make a big style statement as well as make life easier for your guests. Real Property Management has tips for a variety of budgets. Here are some of our favorites.


    Unique house numbers can spruce up your look in addition to making it easier for people to find the place. Remember that your guests have likely never been to the area, so anything that helps them arrive smoothly and stress-free earns you major hosting points.


    Your door hardware also pulls double duty when you match the style to the rest of the house and make it more secure. Schlage offers a variety of styles and finishes to match virtually any taste. Ranging from traditional to modern and everywhere in between, you’ll be able to find the handlesets that complement your style.


    With a smart lock like the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, you also get superior security and keyless convenience that makes managing your rental property even easier. Check out our take on why smart locks are a must-have for rental properties and tip sheets to help your guests use Schlage smart locks easily.

    Beautify the front yard

    When you step back from the front door – make sure your porch railing is solid and steps aren’t cracked, by the way – you want the front yard to get noticed for the right reasons. If you’re looking for big impact, think about updating the landscaping to make a big impact. This can be tricky for rental properties. You want it to look fantastic, but especially if this isn’t your primary job or if you don’t live nearby, you don’t want to invest a lot of time and money in upkeep. For an award-winning lawn without the hassle, experts recommend avoiding tropical and non-native plant species that require extensive watering and replacing a natural grass lawn with artificial turf or other low-maintenance ground cover.


    For a floral punch of color, provides a list of easy options for any region in the U.S. Rubber mulch also might be an option since it not only comes in a variety of colors, but also can control weeds and maintain moisture around your plants.


    Aside from the natural elements, invest in quality pavers and walkways. Existing paths should be free of cracks for a polished look and for safety. Pavers now come in a range of styles or you can design your own unique pattern that is both welcoming and functional.


    Remember the lights. Whether on the porch or along the walkways, make it easy for guests arriving at night to make their way to the front door without stumbling. Solar-powered lights are great options. You can also choose lighting that pairs with your smart system so you can turn it on and off in preparation for your guests’ arrival or to deter intruders if the home is vacant.

    Transform the backyard

    Depending on your location and what type of renters you get, you might want to pay special attention to the backyard. Many prospective renters are looking for a place for group gatherings – family reunions, weddings, girls’ getaways – and having plenty of outdoor space with comfortable seating and a splinter-free deck is a huge draw. Make sure the deck is safe for bare feet and has secure railings. It should also look great – paint, stain and seal it regularly – not to mention be clean.


    Patio furniture should also be spotless, obviously. Consider providing cleaning supplies to wipe down outdoor furniture, a suggestion that often shows up in renters’ reviews. Installing a shed or some large bins to easily store furniture and cushions will also make your life easier if you have an off-season.


    Vacations are fun, so you can afford to be a little creative when designing your curb appeal for a rental property. You might even be able to cash in on your location, like HomeAway recommends with nautical décor for a beach rental. Just remember that it should still appeal to a wide variety of tastes so that you don’t turn off prospective guests with zany style. You might compare it to staging your house when putting it on the market for sale. Neutral, clutter free and clean bring in the most money in the end.


    Find more curb appeal tips for any home at the Schlage blog and visit our Pinterest page for inspiration.



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