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    5 times you'll wish you had a smart lock this holiday season

    November 1, 2018 5:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    Make the holiday season a little easier on yourself. Here are five times a smart lock will simplify your life.

     

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    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, many homeowners are looking for solutions that help make life easier and more convenient. Take one more worry off your list and opt for a keyless lifestyle. Here are five moments you’ll wish you had a smart lock.
    Smart lock - Holidays - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    1. Keep your online orders safe

    This holiday season, online sales are expected to make up 57 percent of all purchases. If you’re one of these people, you’re likely receiving packages while at work or travelling. Don’t stress over whether these packages will be safe on your front porch. With a smart deadbolt, you can easily set up a code for a friend or family member to come over and drop your packages inside.

     

    For Amazon Prime members that live in participating areas, you can even take advantage of Amazon Key. With a compatible smart lock, like the Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, and the Amazon Cloud Cam, you can have your online orders delivered safely inside your home.

    2. Easy access for guests

    Don’t worry about hiding a spare key or having new copies made that could easily be lost. Make coming and going easy for your extended stay guests by giving them a custom code to unlock the door. You can even assign a period of time for that code to be active or simply disable it when they leave.

    3. No more fumbling for keys

    It seems like there’s always something to weigh you down during the holiday seasons whether it’s coming home with a car full of gifts or simply trying to juggle the groceries and the kids at the same time. Stop fumbling for your keys at the door and eliminate one more hassle by opting for a keyless lock solution. With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Ddeadbolt, you can easily use the Schlage Sense appc to lock and unlock your door when you are within Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet), or easily punch in a 4-8 digit code on any of our smart lock offerings.

    4. Peace of mind

    By choosing a Z-Wave, Zigbee or Bluetooth smart lock, you can add a compatible smart home hub – such as Samsung’s SmartThings for Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt – that allows you to check in on the status of your lock and control it no matter where you are. To access your Schlage Sense™ lock remotely, you’ll need an Apple TV® or iPad® for HomeKit or the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. So enjoy that holiday dinner at your grandmother’s house in another state, confident that your doors are locked and your home is secure.

    5. Late night convenience

    A connected smart home hub will also allow you to take advantage of other whole home features from the minute you unlock your door. Don’t stumble around for a light switch or adjust the thermostat when you arrive home. Simply set your smart home hub to do those things for you as soon as your door is unlocked.

     

    Stop worrying about the little things that are easy to fix. This holiday season, you deserve more peace of mind so you can focus on the things that truly matter. To find the right smart lock for you, visit our Get Help Deciding tool to find your perfect match.

    10 ways to add a silver lining to your interiors

    December 27, 2016 7:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 27, 2016

    10 Ways to Add a Silver Lining to Your Interiors | Schlage

    Let your home shine this summer with a host of shimmery treasures. Here's how to use silver in your home all year round - not just for the holidays - from our friends at Houzz.

     

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    With all this talk of gold, bronze and copper taking up residence in our homes — such a big trend on Houzz right now — let’s not forget silver. Because cooler metallics, such as silver, chrome and pewter, can instantly refresh and beautify any room in the house with light-filled shine and shimmer. Whether you dress a bedroom with silver velvet cushions or glamorize a wall with a flash of metallic paint, remember this: Silver is for life, not just for the holidays.

    Perk up your neutrals.

    If you’ve fallen out of love with your restrained, neutral decor, then let a little sprinkling of silver work its magic. Long, billowing curtains in silvery crushed velvet or cool pewter silk will lift a traditional design scheme, while mirrored glass furniture and a glamorous wall mirror will help catch the light and fill the room with summery charm.

    Wow with a silver ceiling

    This laid-back, eclectic kitchen rockets straight into the designer-label league, thanks to the ornate tin tiles and coving adding a swath of silver to the ceiling. And when the sun pours through during the summer, be prepared for a fantastical light show. If you can’t get your hands on tin tiles like these, you could always try a DIY silver painted ceiling for a similar summer glow.

    Work it with white

    Silver and white has long been a fresh and uplifting color combo and will inject a summery feel into any space — including the kitchen. Here, plain white cupboards have been transformed by the shiny steel backsplash and plinth, while the discreet metal and glass furniture and barely-there white voile curtains add to the light and airy ambience (this color duo is particularly great for small spaces).

    Pair with a hot hue

    Silver is the more glamorous big sister to gray and can shake up a space with a delightful gleam. This striking silver painted wall is the perfect highlight to the gray and pink palette, and sparks to life when the sun bounces off it. Add a pair of Moroccan-style perforated metal drum tables — or other silver accessories that conjure up hot climes — and a scattering of sumptuous silvery velvet cushions, as was done here, for a thoroughly eclectic and light-filled look that will see you through the summer months and beyond.

    Add a touch of luxury

    Of course, silver, by its very nature, exudes an air of luxury and opulence, but in a lighter, more summery guise than warmer gold or bronze. The owners of this traditional French-style bathroom could easily have chosen to team the grand proportions and magnificent windows with carved wood furniture, but instead opted for a silver-leafed custom vanity that flashes and fizzes in the sunlight.

    Layer the silvers

    You can’t go wrong with a silver boudoir for summer. Silver will never be too girlie (while pinks and purples might be a little too saccharine for some to swallow), and it can be anchored with a smart charcoal backdrop for a more masculine or hotel-style take. A sumptuous silver headboard in soft velvet will harness the look, then you can layer up the bed with silvery gray linens, a plush quilt and piles of sequined silk and satin cushions — all in a shimmering palette of silver, pewter and platinum, of course.

    Let it shine

    Fans of ultramodern styles shouldn’t dismiss silver as a decorating tool that’s solely for the traditional home, because this cool metallic can add real dynamism to contemporary spaces, too. The slick, graphic silhouette of this living room was transformed into something very special, thanks to the silvered wallpaper and gleaming upholstery.

    Make it muted

    If high-shine silver is just a little too flashy for your tastes, consider a more muted brushed finish. This pale sage kitchen really comes to life with matte silver bar stools, fisherman’s lanterns and brushed-steel appliances, creating a fresh, happy ambience to which guests will gravitate for a relaxed summer brunch.

    Ramp up your rustic

    Rugged raw wood, the dominant feature in this elegantly converted stable building, and high-shine chrome are not an obvious mix. But the unexpected contrast is a sleek touch that highlights the new-versus-old design of this clever conversion. You could try giving a rustic kitchen a polished twist in a similar way with chrome kitchen appliances set against stripped antique wood paneling.

    Prettify the powder room

    Many a modern-day princess would lust after this fairy tale powder room, made magical thanks to the generous use of silver and mirror. The star piece is the bright silver countertop bowl, echoed by the silver-leafed mirror, elegant sconces and classic silver accessories. Because a girl can never get enough of the shiny stuff, right?

    Do you love the sparkle and shimmer silver can bring to a home? Please share your thoughts and photos in the comments.

     

    This article was first published on houzz.com, May 7, 2015.

     

     

    Lara Sargent | Houzz UK contributor

    Lara Sargent | Houzz UK contributor


    Freelance interiors journalist with over 20 years' experience writing for national magazines, newspapers and websites.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays

    December 20, 2016 10:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    From simple greenery that will last all winter long to festive looks that are sure to put anyone in a holiday mood, here are a few of our favorite front door looks for perfect holiday curb appeal this season.

     

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    It’s never too late to deck your front door for the holidays. From simple greenery that will last all winter long to festive looks that are sure to put anyone in a holiday mood, here are a few of our favorite front door looks this season.

    1. In honor of design

    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, most home improvement projects get placed on hold, but adding a fresh coat of paint and a new handleset to your front door is an easy update you can tackle. See the before and after from In Honor of Design. We love her choice of greenery for a look she can enjoy all winter long.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    2. Classy Clutter

    The front door is the perfect place to play with a fun new color. Try adding a non-traditional shade with your holiday decor this year for a look that is sure to make you stand out. Get all the details on how Mallory from Classy Clutter went from a boring white door to modern and festive in no time.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    3. Good Housekeeping

    Add a little extra charm to your front door decor with a simple, unadorned spruce tree and a few winter necessities. This look from Good Housekeeping is quick and easy to pull off if you're waiting to the last minute to make your home festive. The best part is that the decor can stay all winter long.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    4. House Beautiful

    Nothing beats a cozy welcome. We'd love to bundle up and enjoy a hot chocolate under the flannel blankets on this front porch from House Beautiful. The double wreath is a great way to dress up a white door.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    5. On Sutton Place

    We can always count on Ann from On Sutton Place to have seasonal front porch decor we'll want to copy. We love her choice of juniper and pinecones as the star of the show. The best detail is the DIY Pinecone Garland that easily transitions from fall through winter for a project that is worth the effort.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    6. Centsational Girl

    This year, warm metallics are definitely in and Kate of Centsational Girl does a perfect job of using them in her front door look. Have a little fun with your decor by mixing metals and adding a little glam to your holiday curb appeal.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage

    7. Beneath my Heart

    Sometimes you just can't beat traditional holiday elements. It doesn't take much to give this stunning front porch a farmhouse look. With fresh greenery and statement wreaths, you'll have flawless holiday curb appeal in no time. Get all the details from Traci of Beneath My Heart.

    7 ways to upgrade your curb appeal for the holidays | Schlage
    Looking for even more holiday inspiration? Check out a few of our favorite DIY door decor ideas.

    Welcome home for the holidays with cheerful entryway decor

    December 14, 2016 10:55 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage

    Don't miss a chance to give your guests the best first impression this season. Here are 5 holiday entryway decor ideas that sure to bring good cheer.

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    The entryway is an often overlooked space when it comes to holiday decor. Don't miss an opportunity to meet your guests with holiday cheer at the first impression. Here are a few ways you can wow them this season.

    1. Simply glam » houseandhome.com

    If your front door opens up to a grand staircase, make a big impression by adorning your railing with holiday garland. This magnolia leaf garland from House & Home easily stands alone as the focal point. Magnolia leaf is a holiday foliage that is quickly gaining in popularity. This particular combination doesn't need any sparkle to add a bit of glamour to this space.

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage

    2. Cozy and rustic » hgtv.com

    You don't need a grand foyer to create a welcoming space. Simply throw together a few pieces that are functional and complete an empty corner. This perfectly faked mudroom from HGTV has all the elements to get you through a snowy winter with just a few rustic pieces to make you feel cozy and ready for the holidays.

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage

    3. Modern and clean » houzz.com

    Consider adding a Christmas tree to your foyer as the perfect way to set the holiday mood and also provide a great spot for guests with gifts to lay their presents. We love how this homeowner's personal style doesn't get lost in the holiday noise. See more from this home at houzz.com.

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage
    Like many families, you may find it difficult to set aside the time to fully decorate for the holidays. The good news is, you can still create a festive feeling while keeping it casual with just a few accessories. This mudroom does just that with a pair of nutcrackers and simple greenery with berries draped over a chalkboard calendar.
    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage

    5. A natural holiday » marcusdesigninc.com

    You may not have to look any further for holiday decor than your own backyard. With a few twigs, pine cones and simple greenery, you can create a festive look with ease. See more natural holiday decor from Marcus Design.

    Welcome Home for the Holidays with Cheerful Entryway Decor | Schlage
    What other holiday entryways are inspiring your decor this year? Comment below to let us know and share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram

    5 color trends for fall that will last into 2017

    October 31, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, October 31, 2016

    The Schlage design team recently explored trends they're seeing at industry events and tradeshows throughout the year. Here are a few of their findings.

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    The Schlage design team recently explored trends they're seeing at industry events and tradeshows throughout the year. Here are a few of their findings.

    Shift from cool to warm

    As sources of energy and renewal, earth tones are taking the lead over a previous trend of subdued, jewel tones.

     

    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage

     

    Divide and Single Malt

    The ELEVATE Design Collective's original Pantone® color boasts a distinctive organic and warm shade to evoke cold-weather comforts like cognac and leather.

     

    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage

     

    Copper

    Copper will serve best as an accent this fall, adding a touch of glamour to sink fixtures and kitchenware. Add visual interest by pairing the warmer metal with silvery accents and darker bronzes.

     

    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage

     

    Weathered finish

    Aged patinas, like Schlage's Aged Bronze finish, add character and a sense of nostalgia to home accent pieces.

     

    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage

     

    Matte black

    Matte Black is the ultimate finish for creating a strikingly bold, yet clean and modern look. This trend is expected to dominate well into next year.

     

    5 Color Trends for Fall that Will Last into 2017 | Schlage

     

    For more insights into these trends and how to incorporate them in your home, check out the Elevate Design Collective's recent New York City loft makeover.

    Schlage Sense firmware update available

    October 25, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    Schlage Sense firmware update available | Schlage

    Schlage Sense Lock firmware version 3.58, addressing recent connectivity issues, is available for public download. Updating is easy with the Schlage Sense app. Here's what you can expect.
     

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    Schlage Sense Lock firmware version 3.58, addressing recent connectivity issues, is available for public download. Updating is easy with the Schlage Sense app. Here's what you can expect.
    Schlage Sense firmware update available | Schlage


    You should see an alert that a firmware update is available. If you do not - or if you opt to update at a later time - tap the Settings (gear icon) in the Schlage Sense app, select Lock Information and tap Firmware Version.

     

    Updating the firmware on your lock should only take 15-20 minutes. The following tips will help you troubleshoot should you run in to any difficulties while updating your lock's firmware.

    Schlage Sense firmware update available | Schlage
    • Your phone's Bluetooth must be turned on. 

    • The phone must remain within Bluetooth range (40 feet) of the lock.

    • If the firmware does not finish within 15-20 minutes, cancel (go back) the firmware update, the app may be attempting to update the lock through an Apple TV. You can force the firmware update to use Bluetooth by turning Airplane Mode on, turn Bluetooth on, and restart the firmware update. 

    If you are having trouble connecting to the lock with the Schlage Sense app, try the following:
     

    1. Turn your phone's Bluetooth on.

    2. Disconnect and reconnect the lock's batteries -- then attempt to connect again.

    3. If this is not successful, reboot your iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) -- then attempt to connect again.

    If the steps above are not successful, factory reset your lock and pair with your phone again with the following steps:
     

    1. Disconnect the lock's batteries.

    2. Press and hold the Schlage button on the lock's touchscreen.

    3. Reconnect the lock's batteries.

    4. Release the Schlage button on the lock's touchscreen.

    5. Observe the lock's touchscreen flashing the green check. This is confirmation that the factory reset was successful.

    6. You will need to delete lock from the Schlage Sense app by tapping the home name, Manage Homes, select the home, EDIT, and delete the lock. If the Schlage Sense app is displaying the introductory screen, try deleting the lock from the Apple Home app (tap and hold the lock > details > remove accessory).

    7. Return to the Schlage Sense app main screen and add a new lock (top right corner).
       

    At Schlage, we appreciate your patience as we've worked to resolve these issues. As a brand trusted in over 40 million homes, we continue to invest in the Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt to improve the user experience, add new features, and enhance its convenience to our customers.

    How to rock a mixed-metal decor palette

    October 14, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, October 14, 2016

    How to Rock a Mixed-Metal Decor Palette | Schlage

    Looking to make your decor shine? Follow this guide to expertly combine gold, brass and silver accents.
     

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    Demand for gold and brass accents has thrust mixed-metal palettes into the spotlight. The timeless combination of silver and gold, and even a little sprinkling of copper, can form the basis of a whole design or just one piece of a larger puzzle. Whether you love Art Deco glamour or just a little contemporary sparkle, follow these tips to get a gold-medal look in any room of the home.

    Choose a favorite.

    When mixing metals, as with mixing colors in a color palette, it's best to choose a dominant tone and a secondary tone to give the room a sense of visual structure. In the example above, various items carry steely tones (the chest, chair legs, curtain rods, lamp), while only a few thin pieces are in gold.

    There's no one mathematical formula for how much of each metal to use, but 70 percent and 30 percent is a good starting point for making sure one tone is dominant and the other is present enough to not feel misplaced.
    This room takes a similar approach to the first: Many items have gold tones (including the curtains and small accessories), while just a few pieces are silver (such as the mantel vases).

    Notice how each tone is spread throughout the room, rather than appearing in just one place. In a large room with many elements, using accessories to carry these finishes to multiple points makes them feel integrated throughout and keeps the eye moving.

    Use fabrics.

    When working with metal tones, don't forget that fabrics in metallic finishes and hues can add a lot of variety and help spread your palette throughout the space.
    In this room, golden yellow accent pillows bring warmth to the seating without making everything full-on glam. Likewise, the interesting turtle shell picks up on this tone without perfectly repeating it.

    Using just one large object (like this drum coffee table) to anchor your dominant tone and then smaller accents to bring it elsewhere is generally a safe bet, especially since you can always change the pillow cases later or for different seasons.

    The golden rule.

    While any favorite metal can be the dominant tone, it's often best to use more gold and less silver. Silver tones tend to be brighter and sparklier than gold ones, so this formula lets the few hits of silver shine without swallowing up the gold.
    In this space, the chair legs (likely steel or aluminum) and silver-flecked mirror hold their own while letting the collection of golden sunbursts be the star.

    Pick and mix.

    It's possible to coordinate more than two metal tones in one room, but you should first consider the size of the room. In a wide open space, using small dashes of silver, gold and copper adds life and personality without feeling cluttered.
    In a smaller room (less than 500 square feet), play it safe and pick only two metal tones to avoid looking like an overstuffed antiques shop.

    Mismatched magic.

    Sometimes the best way to make finishes coordinate elegantly is to make none of them truly match at all.

    In this dreamy bedroom, the stool, nightstand and accessories show different metal finishes in varying shades from cool crisp silver to pewter to pale gold, with cooler tones dominating.

    Besides being mismatched tones, the objects are varying finishes (super-polished, brushed, aged), so every piece becomes a special part of an eclectic story.

    However, notice how the rest of the room is dressed in soft gray and white neutrals, so the contrast of metal tones is the focus and the space still feels calm.

    Divide and conquer in the kitchen.

    In a kitchen, the easiest way to mix metals cohesively is to divide them by category -- separating the metal items into functional versus decorative categories and assigning one finish to each.
    Here, the functional hardware pieces (the cabinet pulls and faucet) are approximately the same brushed silver-toned finish, and the more decorative door hardware is an eye-catching polished nickel. This division makes immediate visual sense and draws extra attention to the hardware as a feature.
    This kitchen takes a similar approach, with cool stainless steel dressing the appliances and the range backsplash, and a golden tone for the can’t-miss pendant lamps.

    For those concerned about resale value, sticking to classic cool finishes on the more fixed elements and saving warm metals (like copper, gold, brass or bronze) for a few changeable accents like lights makes it easier to reset the space in 10 to 20 years for broad appeal and updated trends.

    Pendant lights aren’t the only way to add a little golden glow to your space, however. In this personality-filled kitchen, the appliances are actually the only pieces in stainless steel, while all the other metals are brass or warm bronze.

    Stainless steel appliances are almost a wild card of kitchen design. They have a classic appeal that allows them to match with anything, so you don’t have to fear pairing them with other metals in any proportion.

    Divide and conquer in the bathroom.
    A divide-and-conquer strategy also works well in the bathroom. Choose one finish for your faucets and shower fixtures (which are best perfectly matched from one manufacturer if possible), and then dress the other accents like handles, lights and mirrors in a second finish.

    It's best to play it safe here and match your accents closely to achieve a clean, orderly look, as this designer did with the similar aged-gold finishes. The contrast between the polished silver tones and more matte gold is beautiful.


    In smaller bathrooms (especially powder rooms), keeping everything neutral will avoid an overwhelming look.
     

    Here, a silvery wallpaper and gray-veined marble form a cohesive palette with the steely lights and faucet, so the showstopping gold mirror becomes the singular contrasting element. A saturated color on the walls probably would fight for attention. Instead, a single pop of green from a leafy plant is just the only other accent.

    Near match.

    In a space where metals won't be the focus (such as a bathroom with dramatic tile), try two finishes that are similar, such as this traditional black hardware and vintage pewter-toned dresser with a blackened patina.

    This makes the contrast more subtle, so the eye can appreciate the other elements first and then let the sophisticated palette unfold.

    This can be tricky to pull off, so if you don't feel confident, stick to just one metal for a classic look and save the decor alchemy for a larger room.

    Mixed metals with color.

    For those of you who crave color in your palette, notice how many of the spaces here use blue as an accent to mixed metals. Blue is the closest to neutral colors, and it pairs beautifully with gold, silver or copper. If you’re looking to add a little more spice, a cool blue is the perfect place to start.

    Now that you're an expert on mixing metal finishes, which finishes will be featured in your home? For more on mixing metals, visit our friends at Houzz.

     

    This article first appeared on Houzz on March 16, 2016.

     

    Yanic Simard | Houzz Contributor

    Yanic Simard | Houzz contributor



    Principal designer at the award-winning Toronto Interior Design Group and it’s talented team of designers.

    Trends driving home, interior design industry

    September 21, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    Trends Driving Home, Interior Design Industry | Schlage

    From Glitz & Glam to Farmhouse and Industrial Chic decor, here's what's trending in interior design and home decor.

     

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    The Schlage design team recently explored trends they're seeing at industry events and tradeshows throughout the year. Here are a few of their findings.

    Hollywood Regency.

    The Glamour / Hollywood Regency trend has spawned interest in the recent rise of geometric designs, which are increasingly seen in light fixtures, small furniture and accent pieces. Glamour and Hollywood Regency has transformed from drastic, clean contrast to incorporating dark greys and even softer tones. The style is often seen blending with elements of Art Deco and other trends, especially gold and black hues.

    Satin Brass.

    Satin Brass & Gold have evolved from being a niche finish to one that is much more widely accepted. It has started to blend with whites and tans rather than being limited to dark, contrasting colors. These finishes have also been rapidly gaining retail traction, particularly at mass market retailers.

    Farmhouse & Country Chic.

    Farmhouse & Country Chic has evolved from being based in dark-toned woods to additionally including lighter wood finishes and softer color schemes. It is now often seen overlapping with Industrial style products, particularly in light fixtures and exposed plumbing.

    Industrial.

    The Industrial trend has transitioned from a theme that would encompass an entire space to manifesting itself in accessories that can be mixed with other themes. The Industrial color palette is also becoming lighter while some key elements -- such as pulleys and Edison bulbs -- are perpetuating in other styles.

    Mid-Century Modern.

    Mid-Century Modern styles are still very popular in retail although the "purist" Mid-Century Modern style peaked around 2013. The classic Mid-Century color pallet, which features bright yellows and oranges, has been replaced by more modern blues, grays, and black. Overall, the Mid-Century Modern trends have influenced such a wide variety of design trends that it will continue to perpetuate for the foreseeable future. 

    Turn your home into a smarter home

    September 19, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Turn Your Home into a Smarter Home | Schlage

    Here’s a simple approach for turning your home into a smart home that’s affordable featuring three smart home devices that are easy to install and use.

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    There's no reason to buy a fully-integrated home automation system that will leave you overwhelmed or broke. Instead, focus on the items you already use each day and slowly make the right upgrades to add greater convenience and efficiency to your day-to-day life. Here are three “Must Haves” to making your home smarter.
    Turn your home into a smarter home | Schlage

    Thermostat

    The beauty of smart thermostats is their ability to help save you money by reducing energy costs. Smart thermostats allow you to schedule a desired temperature during the time of day when you’re generally home, away or asleep. Your heating and cooling system only runs when you are home or soon to be home eliminating the time it runs when you’re not using it. Some smart thermostats can save you an average of 25% each month, depending on the size of your home and HVAC system. And let’s be honest, being able to change the temperature of your house on your phone late at night while watching TV in bed is a “nice to have.”

    Plugs

    Smart plugs may be one of the easiest ways to make your home smarter. You don't have to purchase all new products and appliances to enjoy benefits of smart home connectivity. With products like the iDevices Switch, you can take any ordinary product, plug-it in and watch it transform into a connected device enabled by HomeKit™ and Wi-Fi®.

    Locks

    It's never a good feeling when you leave home for the day and can't remember whether you locked your front door. Smart locks can provide both peace of mind and convenience. Get started with a lock like our Bluetooth®-enabled Schlage Sense™ smart deadbolt* that allows you to talk to unlock using voice commands with Siri® or enter a custom 4-8 digit PIN to gain access without a key. When paired with an AppleTV®, you can also gain remote capabilities. This allows you to check in to see whether your home is locked and safe no matter where you are in the world.

     

    *The Schlage Sense™ lock should be within 40 feet of an Apple TV® for remote capability and uses Bluetooth® Smart technology to communicate with your iPhone®. 

    Schlage Sense app & firmware update FAQ

    September 15, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    With Apple’s launch of iOS 10, you may be wondering how these changes affect your Schlage Sense app and lock. Here’s what you need to know.
     

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    Schlage Sense App & Firmware Update FAQ | Schlage
    1. Do I need to buy a new lock for iOS 10?

    No. Every Schlage Sense™ lock made will be compatible with iOS 10. Update your app, then open it to accept the firmware upgrade, and your lock will be ready for iOS 10. Visit the App Store to update your Schlage Sense™ app.

     

    2. Why is the app update important?
    Updating your Schlage Sense™ app allows you to upgrade to the newest firmware -- without updating the app, you won’t be able to upgrade your firmware.
    3. How long will it take to install the firmware?
    The firmware installation process may take up to 15 minutes.
    4. I've installed the update and now my locks appear to be unreachable in the app. How can I fix this?
    All you have to do is turn your phone off and turn it back on.
    5. I've updated my lock and have lost remote access through Apple TV. What do I do?

    Some Schlage Sense customers have experienced a loss of remote access through the 3rd generation Apple TV after updating their lock to firmware version 3.42. We're aware of the issue and are working quickly to resolve. In the meantime, you can learn more details about how to set up an Apple TV and iPad for remote access and automation of your Schlage lock and other HomeKit accessories.
    6. What does the new firmware do?

    The firmware allows you to receive push notifications about lock activity, and access your lock with the new Home app that comes with the iOS 10 update. Learn more about the iOS 10 Home app and firmware upgrade here. Users of iOS 9 and below will begin receiving push notifications on their iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® whenever the deadbolt is locked or unlocked, allowing them to keep an even closer eye on who is coming and going at home.

    7. Do I have to install the firmware at the same time I update my app?

     

    No. You may update your app and find you don’t have time to accept the firmware upgrade. That’s fine, just open your app and accept the upgrade when you can -- and remember, the firmware upgrade may take up to 15 minutes to install.

    8. Will the firmware update affect my lock’s current access codes and settings?

    No, the firmware update won’t affect your lock's current access codes and settings. After the update, your lock will continue to function the same as before, and all access codes will remain active.

    9. If I update my Schlage Sense™ app and accept the firmware upgrade, but I don't upgrade my phone to Apple®'s new iOS 10, will my lock and app still work?

     

    Yes. Your lock and app will continue to function normally regardless of which iOS you have installed.

    10. Should I wait until iOS 10 is released to update my Schlage Sense™ app?

    No, you should update your Schlage Sense™ app as soon as possible so you can receive the latest firmware updates. These updates enable compatibility with iOS 10's new built-in Home app coming later in the month. They also offer new features for users of iOS 9 and below.

    11. I upgraded to iOS 10 and opened my new Home app, but my Schlage Sense™ lock shows as "Not Supported." What do I do?

     

    You'll need to visit the App Store to update your Schlage Sense™ app. Once the app is updated, open it and you will be prompted to accept the latest firmware upgrade. With your Schlage Sense™ app and firmware upgraded and your phone updated to iOS 10, you can begin using the Home app with your Schlage Sense™ lock.

    12. My app keeps shutting down/freezing. What do I do?

    It sounds like your lock’s firmware was updated, but you haven't updated your Schlage Sense™ app. This can happen in a household of multiple users who all must update their apps. You can solve this problem by visiting the App Store to update your app.
    13. Does the Home app replace the Schlage Sense™ app?

    No. The Home app will allow you to see your lock's status and set it to trigger actions from other Home accessories (i.e. the door unlocks and the lights turn on.) You still need the Schlage Sense™ app to be able to manage your access codes, lock settings, view the last 100 times the lock was used, get installation help, and contact customer service. The Home app offers a convenient hub to control all of your HomeKit™-enabled accessories in concert, but only the Schlage Sense™ app offers you the full functionality of the lock.

    For more information about the latest app and firmware updates, sign up to receive our Schlage Sense emails today.

    New for iOS users: Schlage Sense app and firmware upgrade

    September 15, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    New for iOS users: Schlage Sense app and firmware upgrade | Schlage

    Get ready for iOS 10 by updating your Schlage Sense™ app so you can get the latest firmware and have compatibility with Apple®'s new Home app.
     

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    Apple®'s latest, iOS 10, will be reaching your iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® soon. Make sure you're ready for iOS 10 by updating your Schlage Sense™ app so you can get the latest firmware. If you don't update your app and accept the new firmware, your Schlage Sense™ lock won't work with Apple®'s new Home app.
    New for iOS users: Schlage Sense app and firmware upgrade | Schlage

    The Home app is a great way to control all of your HomeKit™-enabled accessories in one place. As more and more accessories become available that work with the Home app, you gain the ability to customize the most convenient and comfortable environment possible in your home using all of your accessories together through the Home app.


    The new firmware updates also allow Schlage Sense™ users to receive push notifications whenever the deadbolt is locked or unlocked.

    Users with an Apple TV®* installed within range of the lock will also gain new features. When the Apple TV® receives the notification that the Schlage Sense™ deadbolt has been locked or unlocked, it can then trigger other HomeKit™-enabled accessories in your home to act depending on your preferences. The lights may turn on, or cameras may start recording. The experience created by all of your HomeKit™-enabled accessories working in concert is entirely customizable, and controlled through settings in the Home app.


    The Home app will have its own icon on your home screen, but it can also be found in the iOS 10 Control Center for extra easy access – swipe left to find it.


    * Controlling this HomeKit-enabled accessory away from home with the Home app requires a fourth-generation Apple TV with tvOS 10 or later and an iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® with iOS 10 or later.

     

    Do I need to buy a new lock to work with iOS 10?

    No. Every Schlage Sense™ lock made will be compatible with iOS 10. Update your app, then open it to accept the firmware upgrade, and your lock will be ready for iOS 10. Click here to visit the App Store to update your Schlage Sense™ app.


    I've updated my lock and have lost remote access through Apple TV. What do I do?

    Some Schlage Sense customers have experienced a loss of remote access through the 3rd generation Apple TV after updating their lock to firmware version 3.42. We're aware of the issue and are working quickly to resolve. In the meantime, you can learn more details about how to set up an Apple TV and iPad for remote access and automation of your Schlage lock and other HomeKit accessories.


    Why is the app update important?

    Updating your Schlage Sense™ app allows you to upgrade to the newest firmware -- without updating the app, you won’t be able to upgrade your firmware.


    What does the new firmware do?

    The firmware allows you to receive push notifications about lock activity, and access your lock with the new Home app that comes with the iOS 10 update. Users of iOS 9 and below will begin receiving push notifications on their iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® whenever the deadbolt is locked or unlocked, allowing them to keep an even closer eye on who is coming and going at home.


    Do I have to install the firmware at the same time I update my app?

    No. You may update your app and find you don't have time to accept the firmware upgrade. That’s fine, just open your app and accept the upgrade when you can -- and remember, the firmware upgrade may take up to 15 minutes to install.


    Will the firmware update affect my lock’s current access codes and settings?

    No, the firmware update won't affect your lock's current access codes and settings. After the update, your lock will continue to function the same as before, and all access codes will remain active.


    If I update my Schlage Sense™ app and accept the firmware upgrade, but I don’t upgrade my phone to Apple®'s new iOS 10, will my lock and app still work?

    Yes. Your lock and app will continue to function normally regardless of which iOS you have installed. Learn more about what the Schlage Sense™ app and firmware upgrade offers users of iOS 9 and below.


    Should I wait until iOS 10 is released to update my Schlage Sense™ app?

    No, you should update your Schlage Sense™ app as soon as possible so you can receive the latest firmware updates. These updates enable compatibility with iOS 10's new built-in Home app coming later in the month. They also offer new features for users of iOS 9 and below. 


    I upgraded to iOS 10 and opened my new Home app, but my Schlage Sense™ lock shows as "Not Supported." What do I do?

    You'll need to visit the App Store to update your Schlage Sense™ app. Once the app is updated, open it and you will be prompted to accept the latest firmware upgrade. With your Schlage Sense™ app and firmware upgraded and your phone updated to iOS 10, you can begin using the Home app with your Schlage Sense™ lock.


    My app keeps shutting down/freezing. What do I do?

    It sounds like your lock's firmware was updated, but you haven't updated your Schlage Sense™ app. This can happen in a household of multiple users who all must update their apps. You can solve this problem by visiting the App Store to update your app.

    Does the Home app replace the Schlage Sense™ app?

    No. The Home app will allow you to see your lock's status and set it to trigger actions from other Home accessories (i.e. the door unlocks and the lights turn on.) You still need the Schlage Sense™ app to be able to manage your access codes, lock settings, view the last 100 times the lock was used, get installation help, and contact customer service. The Home app offers a convenient hub to control all of your HomeKit™-enabled accessories in concert, but only the Schlage Sense™ app offers you the full functionality of the lock.
     

    Sign up to receive the latest news regarding the Schlage Sense firmware updates.

    Get your Schlage Sense app ready for iOS 10

    September 15, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Get your Schlage Sense App Ready for iOS 10 | Schlage

    The latest iOS software from Apple® will be reaching your iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® soon. Make sure you’re ready for iOS 10 by updating your Schlage Sense™ app so you can upgrade to the latest firmware.
     

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    The latest iOS software from Apple® will be reaching your iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® soon. Make sure you're ready for iOS 10 by updating your Schlage Sense™ app so you can upgrade to the latest firmware.
    Get your Schlage Sense App Ready for iOS 10 | Schlage

    Checking for updates is easy and only takes a moment -- do it today so your Schlage Sense™ lock and app are ready for iOS 10! Here's how:

     

    1. Visit the Schlage Sense™ app page in the App Store, or tap on the App Store icon from your home screen and search for Schlage Sense. 

    2. Click Update to install the latest version of the Schlage Sense™ app. 
       
    3. Once the installation is complete, open the app and follow the prompts to install the latest firmware. The app will walk you through the process, which can take up to 15 minutes. 
       
    4. NOTE: If your lock appears to be unreachable in the Sense app, turn your phone off and back on.


    Do I need to buy a new lock to work with iOS 10?

    No. Every Schlage Sense™ lock made will be compatible with iOS 10. Update your app, then open it to accept the firmware upgrade, and your lock will be ready for iOS 10. Visit the App Store to update your Schlage Sense™ app.


    Why is the app update important?

    Updating your Schlage Sense™ app allows you to upgrade to the newest firmware – without updating the app, you won’t be able to upgrade your firmware.


    I've updated my lock and have lost remote access through Apple TV. What do I do?

    Some Schlage Sense customers have experienced a loss of remote access through the 3rd generation Apple TV after updating their lock to firmware version 3.42. We're aware of the issue and are working quickly to resolve. In the meantime, you can learn more details about how to set up an Apple TV and iPad for remote access and automation of your Schlage lock and other HomeKit accessories.


    What does the new firmware do?

    The firmware allows you to receive push notifications about lock activity, and access your lock with the new Home app that comes with the iOS 10 update. Users of iOS 9 and below will begin receiving push notifications on their iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® whenever the deadbolt is locked or unlocked, allowing them to keep an even closer eye on who is coming and going at home. 


    Do I have to install the firmware at the same time I update my app?

    No. You may update your app and find you don't have time to accept the firmware upgrade. That’s fine, just open your app and accept the upgrade when you can – and remember, the firmware upgrade may take up to 15 minutes to install.


    Will the firmware update reset my lock's current access codes and settings?

    No, the firmware update won't affect your lock's current access codes and settings. After the update, your lock will continue to function the same as before, and all access codes will remain active.


    If I update my Schlage Sense™ app and accept the firmware upgrade, but I don't upgrade my phone to Apple®'s new iOS 10, will my lock and app still work?

    Yes. Your lock and app will continue to function normally regardless of which iOS you have installed. Learn more about what the Schlage Sense™ app and firmware upgrade offers users of iOS 9 and below.


    Should I wait until iOS 10 is released to update my Schlage Sense™ app?

    No, you should update your Schlage Sense™ app as soon as possible so you can receive the latest firmware updates. These updates enable compatibility with iOS 10's new built-in Home app coming later in the month. They also offer new features for users of iOS 9 and below. Click here to visit the App Store to update your Schlage Sense™ app.


    I upgraded to iOS 10 and opened my new Home app, but my Schlage Sense™ lock shows as "Not Supported." What do I do? 

    You'll need to visit the App Store to update your Schlage Sense™ app. Once the app is updated, open it and you will be prompted to accept the latest firmware upgrade. With your Schlage Sense™ app and firmware upgraded and your phone updated to iOS 10, you can begin using the Home app with your Schlage Sense™ lock.


    My app keeps shutting down/freezing. What do I do?

    It sounds like your lock's firmware was updated, but you haven't updated your Schlage Sense™ app. This can happen in a household of multiple users who all must update their apps. You can solve this problem by visiting the App Store to update your app. 
     

    Sign up to receive the latest news regarding the Schlage Sense firmware updates.

    Schlage Sense and remote access through Apple TV

    September 15, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    Schlage Sense and Remote Access through Apple TV | Schlage

    Learn how to set up an Apple TV or iPad for remote access to your Schlage Sense lock.
     

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    Some Schlage Sense customers have experienced a loss of remote access through the 3rd generation Apple TV after updating their lock to firmware version 3.42.

     

    We're aware of the issue and are working quickly to resolve.

     

    In the meantime, learn more details about how to set up an Apple TV and iPad for remote access and automation of your Schlage lock and other HomeKit accessories.

     

    Sign up to receive the latest news regarding the Schlage Sense firmware updates.

    5 easy entryway accents

    September 1, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    5 Easy Entryway Accents

    Here are 5 easy ways to add style to your home’s entryway and ensure your home always makes the best first impression.
     

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    It's easy to see a home's entryway as simply functional. It's the space you pass through on your way in and out, and usually serves as a catch-all for coats, boots and the like. But the entryway is much more than that -- it's the first impression visitors get of your entire home. Here are five easy ways to add style to a space so easily forgotten.
    5 Easy Entryway Accents | Schlage

    1. Door hardware.

    A door hardware update can freshen the look of your entire front door -- the very first thing a visitor sees. Choose a finish that complements the color of your door, and a style that reflects your home's personality. Electronic locks are a great option for exterior doors. They offer the convenience of keyless access, and our latest, the Schlage SenseTM Smart Deadbolt, can be set up and controlled with an app on your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®.

    2. Metal trays.

    A metal tray kept on or near the floor adds flash to the entry, and keeps mud contained. Choose a finish that coordinates well with other metals in the room like coat hooks, door hardware, and light fixtures.

    3. Stylish shelving.

    Shelves for loose change are a must -- especially in a small foyer with no room for storage furniture. Shelves are easy to make -- just be sure they are properly mounted so they last. For a traditional look, try constructing a shelf out of crown moulding with plain boards and quarter round. Modern industrial spaces featuring light and glass often incorporate organic textures to ground the design and add warmth. Look for reclaimed or rough-hewn wooden boards with a flat enough surface to display your knick-knacks.

    Shelves for loose change are a must -- especially in a small foyer with no room for storage furniture. Shelves are easy to make -- just be sure they are properly mounted so they last. For a traditional look, try constructing a shelf out of crown moulding with plain boards and quarter round. Modern industrial spaces featuring light and glass often incorporate organic textures to ground the design and add warmth. Look for reclaimed or rough-hewn wooden boards with a flat enough surface to display your knick-knacks.

     

    Shelves for loose change are a must -- especially in a small foyer with no room for storage furniture. Shelves are easy to make -- just be sure they are properly mounted so they last. For a traditional look, try constructing a shelf out of crown moulding with plain boards and quarter round. Modern industrial spaces featuring light and glass often incorporate organic textures to ground the design and add warmth. Look for reclaimed or rough-hewn wooden boards with a flat enough surface to display your knick-knacks.

     

    4. Coat hooks.

    Hooks for coats, scarves and umbrellas are perfect for keeping track of those everyday items that always seem to go missing. You can find standard hooks at any home improvement store. For a unique twist, stop by the cabinet hardware section and take a look at the decorative knobs and handles -- you may find a fun alternative. Install hooks high enough for coats and scarves to hang all the way down, without hitting the floor and bunching.

    5. Glamorous mirrors.

    Mirrors also add glamour and make a petite foyer feel larger. Mixing and matching various shapes and sizes adds personality to larger entry areas.

     

    We want to see your perfect foyer! Comment below or share with us on Facebook.

    How to find a reliable locksmith

    August 30, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    How to Find a Reliable Locksmith | Schlage

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


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

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

    How to find a reliable locksmith | Schlage

    Here are a few tips when finding a reliable locksmith:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Avoid these common home security mistakes

    August 23, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 23, 2016

    Avoid these common home security mistakes | Schlage

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


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

    Hiding a spare key

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

    Leaving doors unlocked

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

    Forgetting to lock windows

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

    Poor lighting

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

    Being obvious that you're on vacation

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

    High impact curb appeal projects you'll be glad you took on

    August 16, 2016 7:04 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage

    Here are five high impact curb appeal projects that are sure to complete your home.


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    Adding or upgrading the curb appeal of your home is one of the most effective ways to boost market value and make an effective first impression. With improvements in just the right places, you can avoid over spending and make a major impact with a few key projects. Here are five high impact curb appeal projects that are sure to complete your home.
    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On
     
    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage
     
    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage
     
    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage
     

    High Impact Curb Appeal Projects You'll Be Glad You Took On | Schlage

     

    Looking for even home curb appeal and home design ideas? Check out our DIY tips section and share your project photos with us on Facebook or Instagram.

    When style and technology meet

    August 8, 2016 11:20 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, August 8, 2016

    When Style and Technology Meet | Schlage

    Schlage's electronic locks are available in many popular styles, so you can coordinate your interior and exterior hardware throughout the whole home.


     

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    Many homeowners think they must sacrifice style to take full advantage of the conveniences of new technology, often installing bulky products that offer little to no customization to suit their tastes. It's tough to find brands that value a quality product as much as quality design.
    At Schlage, all of our hardware is inspired by architectural and interior design looks, from classic to contemporary and everything in between. When it comes to our suite of keyless offerings, we've spared no detail. Each of our electronic locks are available in our most popular trim styles, allowing you to coordinate the look of your interior and exterior hardware throughout the whole home.
    Here's a quick look at our most popular finishes and trims:

    Which look is your favorite? Comment below to let us know!

    What people are saying about Schlage's electronic deadbolts

    August 3, 2016 10:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    What People are Saying About Schlage's Electronic Deadbolts

    Take a look at what a few Schlage keyless lock users have to say about their electronic deadbolts - from ease of installation to day-to-day use.
     

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    When it comes to choosing the right electronic deadbolt, it pays to do your research. With so many options available, it can be tough to identify which type of lock best suits your lifestyle. Do you need a quick and easy way to come and go? Are you looking for a lock that allows you to be connected to your whole home? Take a look at what a few Schlage keyless lock users have to say about their electronic locks to help you choose.

    Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt

    After needing a more convenient way to access her basement entry, Toni of Design Dazzle, decided the Schlage Touch™ with lever was the perfect solution. Here's what she has to say after trying this completely keyless lock out:
    "One of the features I really like with this keyless lock is that the touchscreen is fingerprint resistant. I’m sure we’ve all heard stories of people breaking into homes because they were able to guess the code from worn out keypads." Read her full Schlage Touch™ review.

     

    Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt

    After installing the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt to her garage entry door, Kim of Sand & Sisal decided to give the Schlage Connect™ a shot when it was time to give her front door a face-lift in both style and security.
    "We were so impressed with the fast installation and ease of use that we decided to switch out and upgrade our front door hardware with a new sleek Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt with Alarm. The classic gold brass matches beautifully with with our door’s gold leading and looks so sharp paired with the nautical blue door paint color." Check out all her tips for achieving an easy curb appeal upgrade on her blog.

     

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    When Katie of Sew Woodsy and her husband moved in to their new home, they knew right away they wanted to update all the outdated brass door hardware and fixtures throughout, beginning with the front door. Here's what she has to say about life with her new Schlage Sense™ lock:
    "...we added the new Schlage Sense which has been great for our evening walks out. No need to take keys, just lock the door on the key pad! And when our cleaning lady comes over she now has her own code that is set to the specific time and day she is at the house! We get notifications too when she opens or locks the doors if we aren’t home. I love it!" Get the full scoop from installation to daily life with Schlage Sense™ on her blog.

     
    It didn't take long for Nicole of Haute Style to find the perfect deadbolt and handleset for her friend Nykia's front door makeover. With a sophisticated modern look in mind, she chose the Schlage Sense™ lock with Century trim in a Matte Black finish to give her friend's front door a much needed update.
    "I’m a huge tech nerd so I got so excited when I learned about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. It works with bluetooth and also pairs with Apple’s HomeKit so aside from unlocking the door via the Schlage app, it also responds to Siri so you can just talk to lock or unlock your door! Say what?! Nykia says this has been utterly life changing when she’s coming and going with her son’s stroller or bags of groceries. Plus, if she ever gets locked out, she can always gain access by unlocking the door with the app." See the full front door transformation at So Haute.

     

     

    Have questions about some of the features and benefits of the locks above? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter! Be sure to check out even more keyless lock reviews here.

     

    7 electronic keyless lock myths you should ignore

    July 29, 2016 10:22 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    7 Electronic Keyless Lock Myths You Should Ignore | Schlage

    Keyless electronic locks are known for making life more convenient but many homeowners are hesitant to take the plunge. Here are 7 myths to ignore.
     

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    There's no denying that the right electronic keyless lock can make your day-to-day much more convenient. Having the freedom to come and go without worrying about getting locked out is a major relief for many families and ditching the fear that someone may lose or steal a spare key cannot be replaced; however, there may be a few concerns that are keeping you from taking the plunge and embracing a keyless lifestyle. Here are seven common electronic lock myths you can ignore.
    Electronic deadbolts - Keyless lock myths - Schlage

    1. "Electronic locks are too technical."

    When it comes to new technology, many homeowners simply leave it to the early adopters to figure it out and avoid installing something new for fear of it being too technical. At Schlage, we've worked hard to simplify the experience with our keyless locks from installation to daily use. With the aid of the installation guide or our easy step-by-step video tutorials, you can install your lock in just a few minutes and the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver.

    2. "The lock will fail when the power goes out."

    All of Schlage's keyless locks run on battery power. That means when the lights go out, your lock will continue to function as normal. Each of our keypads and touchscreens feature back-lit numbers so you'll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.

    3. "The lock must be wired."

    Because our locks are powered by batteries, there's no wiring involved. Simply snap the lock in place while following the installation instructions and install the batteries and you'll be up and running in no time. Each lock is also equipped with a low battery warning and backup entry method in the unlikely event that your batteries do fail. We recommend changing your batteries once a year when you change the batteries in your smoke detector as a best practice.

    4. "Electronic locks are a bulky, eye-sore."

    There's no reason to sacrifice great style for greater security and convenience. Our electronic locks are available in the industry's most stylish finishes and trim. They feature a slim profile and tasteful design that creates a stylish look that effortlessly pairs well with our interior door hardware offerings. 

    5. "The numbers will wear down and someone can guess my code."

    Each of Schlage's keyless electronic locks feature a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen that works in the rain and while wearing gloves. The numbers are guaranteed not to wear down or fade so you can rest easy that potential intruders will not know your unique access code.

    6. "Mechanical locks are more secure."

    An important step any time you choose a new deadbolt to secure your home - whether mechanical or electronic - is to research the security grade of that deadbolt. Look for locks with a grade 1 security rating - the highest on the market. Both the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt have a grade 1 rating so you can rest easy knowing you've purchased the most secure lock on the market.

    7. "A key is more reliable."

    How many times have you lost your house key? Or walked out the door without it, swinging a locked door closed only to realize you cannot get back inside? With electronic locks, you no longer have to worry about that. Coming and going is easy when you're not weighed down by keys.

    What questions do you have about keyless electronic locks? Comment below to let us know!

    4 approaches to stunning front door makeovers

    July 25, 2016 9:09 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage

    The front door is your best chance to make a great first impression. Make the most of it with inspiration from one of these four front door makeovers.

     

     

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    The front door is your best chance to make a great first impression. Don't let this part of your home be an area of neglect that distracts from the work you've done to express your personal style. Here are four different approaches to front door makeovers a few of our favorite designers and bloggers have taken to give their curb appeal a much needed boost.
    It doesn't take much to create a showstopping front door look when starting with a blank slate like interior designer, Nicole Gibbons, did with this Brooklyn Brownstone. With a splash of color and a hardware upgrade, this front door instantly transforms from uninviting to eye-catching and welcoming. Get all the details on the inspiration for this look at her blog.
    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage
    When Carmel of Our Fifth House decided to give her curb appeal a little attention, she knew it was the smallest of details that could make the biggest impact. With a front door painted in a gorgeous shade of pink, her outdated, worn out handleset was doing her no favors. By simply swapping her handleset for a style that better suited her home, Carmel added the perfect balance of modern design to her traditional home. We're loving how well the Century handleset complements the pink door and front porch accessories. See the full reveal and get tips for installation at Our Fifth House.
    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage
    When it comes to first impressions, your home's curb appeal counts. That's how Jen of with HEART felt about her latest renovation. With a focus on mid-century design on the interior of the home, the quirky exterior needed a full overhaul to complement the clean design inside. See the impressive transformation and get the details on each accessory.
    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage
    When thinking about how to upgrade your curb appeal, it helps to follow a framework for good design to avoid getting overwhelmed. That's exactly how Kim of Sand & Sisal approached her latest front door makeover and she's sharing her secrets for success over on her blog. Take a look at all of her transformations over the years and hear her tips to inspire your next curb appeal project.
    4 Approaches to Stunning Front Door Makeovers | Schlage

    Which tranformation is your favorite? Comment below to let us know!

     

    Why keyless locks are perfect for families on the go

    July 20, 2016 10:02 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Why Keyless Locks are Perfect for Families on the Go

    Stop worrying about getting locked out or kids arriving home safely. Here are 5 reasons why keyless electronic locks are perfect for your busy family.
     

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    With back to school season just around the corner, many families are gearing up for busy schedules full of homework and extracurricular activities. With all the different calendars you need to keep track of, it pays to stay organized and find efficiencies that allow you to reduce the number of things you need to worry about. Here are a few reasons why keyless locks are perfect for your busy family.
    Keyless locks - Families - Schlage

    1. Peace of mind

    When you install a smart electronic deadbolt, you reduce the worry that your home is left unlocked after rushing out the door. With remote capabilities enabled, you can check the status of your door no matter where you are. If unlocked, you can even command it to lock. You can also set up notifications to receive alerts when your kids arrive home.

    2. No more lost keys

    Installing a keyless lock means you can ditch the mechanical key altogether. Choose a single code for the whole family or assign a custom code for each member that is easy to remember. Now when your kids head off to school, you don't have to worry about them losing the key or someone finding the hidden spare.

    3. Auto-lock

    How many times have you rushed out the door, making sure each child was accounted for and had all their essentials only to forget to lock the door when you leave? Or how many times have one of your kids headed out to catch the bus and failed to lock the door behind them? That's where the auto-lock feature that comes with the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt comes in handy. You can program your deadbolt to automatically lock after being left unlocked for a certain period of time.

    4. Easy access

    Whether you have a sleeping child in tow or an arm full of groceries and backpacks, keyless locks make it easy to unlock your door by eliminating the need to juggle a set of keys. Simply enter your access code or talk to unlock (with the Schlage Sense lock).

    5. Convenience

    There's already enough to juggle with remembering which child needs to be at which practice at which time. Say goodbye to the days of calling a locksmith to re-key your locks or let you in to your home after you've been locked out. With keyless deadbolt locks, you don't have to be weighed down by your keys anymore and know that you and your family can come and go with ease.

    Have questions about which keyless lock is right for you and your family? Comment below and we'll help you sort through the features and benefits.

     

    6 best practices to keep your electronic lock safe and secure

    July 18, 2016 11:59 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    6 Best Practices to Keep Your Electronic Lock Safe and Secure

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

     

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

    1. Choose a secure access code / PIN

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

    2. Keep an eye on the battery life

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

    3. Store user codes in a secure location

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

    4. Lock your smart phone

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

    5. Find a home for the backup mechanical key

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

    6. Leverage safety features

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

    Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation

    July 13, 2016 10:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Home Security Steps You Should Take Before Leaving for Vacation

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

     

     

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

    1. Proper lighting

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

    2. Keyless locks

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

    3. Cameras

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

    4. Garage security

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

    5. Look active

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

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

    5 easy ideas for a more organized and secure garage

    July 11, 2016 10:30 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    5 Easy Ideas for a More Organized and Secure Garage

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

     

     

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

     

    1. Avoid leaning items against the wall

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

     

    2. Create a workspace

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

     

    3. Place barely used items out of sight

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

    4. Keep toys and sporting equipment organized

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

    5. Upgrade your garage security

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

     

     

    What other storage solutions or security tips do you have for the garage? Show us your projects on Facebook and Instagram!

     

    How to install a handleset on your front door

    July 6, 2016 2:56 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 6, 2016

    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage

    Here is a detailed breakdown with photos of the steps you'll need to take to install a new Schlage handleset on your front door.

     

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    Updating the door hardware on your front door is a quick and easy project that enhances the curb appeal of your home. With minimal investment and few tools, we'll show you all the steps you'll need to take to tackle this project in a few minutes. Go ahead and grab your #2 Phillips Head screwdriver and tape measure and learn how to install a new handleset on your front door below. Be sure to review the deadbolt installation steps first if you'll be installing a new deadbolt as well.

     

    Handleset Parts Checklist

    Once you've gathered your tools, make sure all the parts of your handleset are accounted for. This step will ensure that the installation process goes as smoothly as possible. Here's a checklist and photo to help:
    Curb appeal - Handleset Installation - Schlage
     Outside handle assembly: This is the exterior grip of your handleset.
     Inside lever: This is the lever that will be on the interior side of the door. You can also choose a handleset with knob on interior side instead.
     Strike plate: The strike plate is the metal plate that will be affixed to the door frame.
     Latch: The latch is a spring operated bolt with a beveled face to permit a latching action when the door closes
     Round drive-in faceplate: This is an optional faceplate that may replace the rectangular faceplate already attached to the latch if your door calls for it.
     Pin tool
     Screw cover, screw and washer: These will be placed on the interior side of the throughbolt hole to secure the bottom of the handleset.
     Short screws: These will be used to secure the latch in place. 
     Long screws

    Measurement Checklist

    You'll also want to be sure your door meets standard door prep measurements and is properly aligned to ensure your handleset operates as intended. You'll first want to follow the measurement steps we showed you for the deadbolt installation but for a handleset, there are a couple more measurements you'll need to pay attention to.
     Throughbolt
    - The throughbolt hole is for the bottom of the outside handle assembly. This hole needs to be 3/8" in diameter.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
     Handleset Crossbore
    - The handleset crossbore is the bottom bore opening on a standard drilled door. It should measure 8 1/2" from the center of the handleset crossbore to the throughbolt.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
     Doorjamb
    - The hole in the doorjamb should measure at least 7/8" in diameter and a minimum of a 1/2" deep.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage

    Handleset Installation Instructions

    1. You'll begin installing your handleset by placing the latch first.*
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    *The latch comes with a pre-attached rectangular faceplate. If your door calls for a round drive-in faceplate, complete steps a-c before proceeding. You'll also need to add a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood to your tool set.

    a. Remove faceplate with a flat head screwdriver

     

    b. Twist and remove remaining support plate

     

    c. Install round drive-in faceplate with just a snap

    2. If you're using the rectangular faceplate, simply slide the latch into place with the bevel facing the doorjamb and secure with the two short screws.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    If you're using the round drive-in faceplate, slide the latch into the hole with the bevel facing the doorjamb. Gently tap into place until flush with the door edge, using a small block of wood to protect the latch.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    3. Next, you'll install the outside handle assembly. Align the spindle on the back of the assembly with the throughbolt and the slot in the latch. Slide the adjustable throughbolt up or down as needed and press the handleset onto the door. The handle will stay in place leaving your hands free to secure the interior trim.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    4. Begin installing the inside lever by orienting the lever to point away from the edge of the door with the screw holes aligned vertically.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    5. Align the square spindle with the square hole on the back of the lever and secure with the two screws provided.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    6. Now you're ready to place the washer, screw and screw cover to secure the bottom of the handleset.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage
    7. Finally, install the strike plate on the doorjamb using the last two small screws.
    How to Install A Handleset on Your Front Door | Schlage

     

    For even more detailed steps to installing your new handleset, be sure to watch the installation video.

    Let freedom ring: 5 front porch decor ideas to celebrate the 4th of July

    July 1, 2016 10:07 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 1, 2016

    5 Front Porch Decor Ideas to Celebrate the 4th of July

    Don't let the 4th of July pass by without a patriotic display on your front porch. Here are 5 simple patriotic front porch decor ideas you should try.

     

     

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    It's hard to believe the 4th of July weekend is upon us. You may be feeling like the summer is flying by and when that happens, the holidays have a way of sneaking up on you. If you haven't thought about how you're going to celebrate yet, we put together 5 easy ideas for making sure your front porch is looking the part and ready to celebrate in style.

    1. Keep it simple

    Keep your existing front porch decor and simply add an American flag or two for a patriotic look that's quick and easy to pull off. Ann from On Sutton Place does just that with a cute display on her existing wreath.

    2. Plant patriotic flowers

    Whether you opt for red, white, blue or a combination of the three, fresh flowers are a great way to add a pop of patriotic color to your front porch. Consider refreshing your planters or adding to existing arrangements to get your front porch ready to celebrate the long weekend in no time. Here's some inspiration from On Blueberry Hill.

    3. Try a DIY project

    The long holiday weekend is the perfect time to put your skills to the test and try out a new craft. Homeowners with kids can even get them involved and create something adorable to celebrate the 4th of July. This patriotic wreath from Home Crafts by Ali is the perfect place to start.

    4. Get creative

    Take some inspiration from the holiday itself and create something unique for your porch decor. Here's how Hoosier Homemade took a few wooden fence posts and made them into wooden firecrackers, perfect for any 4th of July inspired space!

     

    5. Spare no detail

    Of course, we love when each and every detail is carefully curated to complete a look. This patriotic front porch from Home Goods is exactly where we'd want to spend our long weekend! Grab a few red, white and blue pillows, blankets and accessories and create a space where you can enjoy some relaxation and good company.

     

    Are you planning on decorating your home for the 4th of July weekend? Be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

     

     

    9 outdoor living spaces to inspire your next summer project

    June 30, 2016 4:53 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 30, 2016

    9 Outdoor Living Spaces to Inspire Your Next Summer Project

    Take advantage of one of the hottest trends - outdoor living spaces. Here are 9 inspiring outdoor living spaces for entertaining, cooking and relaxing.

     

     

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    If we had to choose a single trend in outdoor projects, we'd have to choose the outdoor living space. Outdoor living spaces are growing in popularity with homeowners finding unique ways to create a gathering space. Whether you choose to build an outdoor kitchen, lounge space or just add a table with chairs, outdoor spaces can be the retreat you need to relax alone or entertain a crowd. Here are 9 beautiful outdoor living spaces to inspire your next project and help you enjoy what's left of summer to its fullest.

    1. Create a kitchen

    It doesn't require much to create an outdoor kitchen. With a grill, table and chairs and the right accessories, you'll be ready to start serving up the best meals of summer. Choose to keep it simple or go completely gourmet with these inspiring spaces below.

    2. Kick back and relax

    For many families, summer seems to fly by in an instant. With calendars that are packed full of activities and vacations, it can be tough to remind yourself to slow down and relax. One way to make sure you take advantage of the season is by creating a space that invites you to do just that - relax. So grab a chair or a hammock, place a small table and a few planters and enjoy the best view around your home whether it's with a good book or just you and your thoughts. 

    3. Entertain all summer

    Summer is the perfect season to invite friends and family over - whether to celebrate a long holiday weekend or just because. Make entertaining even easier by creating a gathering space for your guests to hang out and enjoy the extra perk of easy prep and cleanup by not worrying about the interior of your home. We could hang out for hours in any of the spaces below.
    Which outdoor living space is your favorite? Comment below to let us know and be sure to share your outdoor projects with us via Facebook and Instagram!

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the 2016 Apple WWDC

    June 28, 2016 12:35 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the 2016 Apple WWDC

    At the 2016 WWDC hosted by Apple, many announcements were made around HomeKit and iOS 10. Here's what you need to know about your Schlage Sense lock.

     

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    On June 13, Apple opened its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. The goal of this conference is to keep software developers informed of any major software updates to Apple’s products. Major announcements include iOS 10, new HomeKit™ features and Apple’s new Home app. Here’s what you need to know and how these announcements may affect your HomeKit-enabled products, like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt.

    HomeKit

    As Apple expands HomeKit support, so will manufacturers – which means more product categories and a better whole home experience. Apple expanded HomeKit to include support for more product types, including cameras, doorbells, air conditioners and more. You can now automate more HomeKit-enabled devices than ever with a single solution. 
    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the 2016 Apple WWDC | Schlage
    Apple also announced a shift in builder trends as more and more major builders choose to equip their homes with HomeKit-enabled accessories - including notable builders such as Lennar, Brookfield Residential and KB Home. That means homeowners seeking out a connected experience will have another option in the process as they choose flooring, countertops and more.

    The new home app

    Apple’s latest software update will include a new Home app to make adding, controlling and automating home accessories easier than ever. With the new app, you can control all your HomeKit-enabled accessories in one place and manage any custom scenes you’ve set up – like automating your lights to turn on and thermostat to adjust as soon as you’ve unlocked your Schlage Sense™ lock. Plus, Home will be located in the iOS 10 Control Center, so you can access it by swiping up, then left. Here’s a video that provides a glimpse of what that user interface will look like.

    What do these announcements mean for Schlage SenseTM users?

    Schlage Sense owners need not worry about whether or not these iOS developments will make their locks obsolete. Every Schlage Sense deadbolt sold to-date will be supported by iOS 10, which is expected to launch in fall 2016. A lock firmware update later this year will be needed to make it compatible with Apple’s Home app.
    Once your Schlage Sense lock completes the future firmware update, you will be able to take advantage of HomeKit push notifications. When you lock or unlock your Sense deadbolt, a push notification can trigger other HomeKit-enabled devices to act, creating custom scenes and making it easier than ever to take advantage of the HomeKit ecosystem.
    You may be wondering if the announcement of the Home app will replace the Schlage Sense app. Here are a few key differences to help you understand how the two apps will work together to provide the best experience with your lock.
    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the 2016 Apple WWDC | Schlage
    Apple’s Home app gives users a dashboard interface to control their favorite accessories, see their status, and manage scenes in one place. You can use Home to lock and unlock your deadbolt, but you will still need the Schlage Sense app to control access codes, lock settings, logs and to access installation help and customer support. You can learn more about Schlage Sense app features here.
    If you have more questions about what these new updates mean for your Schlage Sense lock, feel free to comment below or contact our customer support team.

    5 questions to ask before painting the exterior of your home

    June 24, 2016 4:34 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    5 Questions to Ask Before Painting the Exterior of Your Home

    Making the decision to paint the exterior of your home is one that should never be taken lightly. Here are five questions you should ask first.

     

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    Making the decision to paint the exterior of your home is one that should never be taken lightly. There are a variety of factors to consider to get the timing just right and ensure you're left with a finished product that's exactly as you envisioned. Here are five questions you should ask before jumping in to this major curb appeal project.
    Exterior Paint - Curb appeal - Schlage

    1. Does your home really need it?

    Take a look at the exterior of your home. Is the paint chipping and faded in places? If you're looking to sell soon, this could be a major turn off for potential buyers. Is the color a neighborhood eye sore that's preventing your curb appeal from looking its best? Then a fresh coat of paint may be the right investment. Pay careful attention to the current condition of your home and decide whether or not the payoff of value added would be worth taking this major project on.

    2. Will you hire a pro?

    Painting the exterior of your home is definitely a more advanced project that requires more skill and expertise than many other home improvement projects. If you're pretty skilled with a paintbrush, you could likely handle the project on a single story home but if your home spans two stories or more, it's worth looking into hiring a professional. The pros will come equipped with all the proper tools and scaffolding to do the job safely and efficiently. For older homes, there's also a risk of lead paint exposure. A professional will know how to test for lead and the proper precautions to take. If you're not sure where to begin, Houzz and Porch are great resources for identifying a professional in your area.

    3. What's your budget?

    Of course, you'll want to be sure an exterior paint job is within your budget for home improvements before taking this on. Once your budget is defined, shop around for the best quotes from professionals and paint companies but be careful not to sacrifice quality. A project this big is not worth cutting corners just to save a few bucks.

    4. How long should this project take?

    The answer to this question will be crucial in helping you stick to your answer above. The number one reason homeowners end up going over budget is because they did not stick to a strict timeline. Define a timeline that will help you get the work done more efficiently within the constraints of your budget.

    5. Can you complete it in the right season?

    You'll want to complete this project when the weather is dry and temperature remains consistently above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of its tendency to stay dry and warm, summer is usually best. You'll want to choose a week stretch where heavy rain is not expected.

     

    Have you completed an exterior painting project? Comment below to share your advice and tips! For more advice on choosing an exterior paint color, see our top exterior painting tips here.

    Affordable curb appeal projects you can tackle this weekend

    June 22, 2016 4:17 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Affordable Curb Appeal Projects You Can Tackle This Weekend

    Here are 5 affordable curb appeal projects you can take on in a single weekend with little to no monetary investment to add value to your home.

     

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    Proper curb appeal is one of the number one ways to improve resale value on your home and elevate the overall design. If you've neglected your curb appeal recently, it's likely you could benefit from a quick and affordable DIY project this weekend. Below are five projects you can take on with little to no monetary investment to improve curb appeal.
    Affordable curb appeal - DIY - Schlage

    1. Spruce up existing landscaping

    The number one way to save when it comes to curb appeal is to leverage what you already have. You may have a great foundation for the perfect curb appeal that just needs a little attention and maintenance. Take some time this weekend to pull weeds, trim any overgrown plants and low-hanging trees and prune any shrubs and bushes into a more appealing shape.

    2. Create a welcoming entry

    Your front door is often the first thing guests will notice and remember about your home. Make a first impression that lasts by cleaning away any debris and signs of pesky summer insects that flock to exterior light sources. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint and placing a few welcoming planters for an extra polished look. Follow these door painting tips to make this project a breeze.

    3. Fill empty landscaping space

    Take a look around your property and identify any bare spots that could benefit from a little landscaping. Plant a few trees and/or foliage to make your curb appeal look complete. You can eve opt for a more affordable option by spreading wildflower seeds that cover more ground than more expensive plants.

    4. Build a gathering space

    Summer is the perfect time of year for relaxing and entertaining. Create a new space to unwind by adding chairs and benches around your front porch or landscaping. Make it extra cozy with a few pillows, throws or poufs and enjoy your new favorite spot.

    5. Add a finishing touch

    Maybe your landscaping is in great shape, yet the exterior of your home feels like it may be missing something. Use this weekend to add a few finishing touches to tie your home and landscaping together for a cohesive look. This may be a creative new house number or an upgrade to existing lighting and door hardware from an outdated, worn finish to a design that better reflects your personal style. Be sure to consider the interior style of your home as well for a finished look that seamlessly transitions from the outside in.

    What projects are you hoping to tackle this weekend? Comment below to let us know!

    How to choose a front door paint color

    June 17, 2016 3:29 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 17, 2016

    How to Choose a Front Door Paint Color

    Here's a fun interactive quiz to help you quickly choose a front door paint color with ease.

     

     

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    Choosing a paint color for your front door is often easier said than done. With so many options available, the process of narrowing down your choices can be overwhelming. One thing's for sure, at the end of the day, the color you choose should be a reflection of your personal style.
    How to Choose a Front Door Paint Color | Schlage
    The good news is, there are a number of tips and tricks for choosing paint colors to help you stay on task and choose the right color for you. If you prefer a more interactive process, we're loving this front door color quiz from our friends at HGTV. They'll walk you through a few quick questions from your favorite accent pieces to your international travel bucket list to narrow down a shade that expresses your style.
    Which color did you end up with? Comment below to let us know! And if you try it out for yourself, be sure to share photos with us on Facebook and Instagram!

    4 reasons new door hardware should be part of your next curb appeal project

    June 15, 2016 2:55 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    4 Reasons New Door Hardware Should Be Your Next Curb Appeal Project

    Flowers and siding aren't the only ways to add curb appeal. Here are 4 reasons why you should consider new door hardware as part of your next project.

     

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    Flowers and new siding aren't the only ways to add curb appeal to your home. Updating your front door is a project you can easily accomplish in an afternoon and with the right color choices and accessories, makes a major impact on the look of your home. Here are four reasons why you should consider new door hardware as part of your next curb appeal and front door project.
    Curb appeal - Camelot handleset - Satin Brass - Schlage

    1. Make an affordable style statement

    Upgrading your door hardware is a quick and affordable way to express your personal style. A simple swap from an outdated, worn out finish to a style that better reflects the style of your home is dollar for dollar, an easier way to make a bigger impact than many other weekend projects. Here at Schlage, we make it even easier to get that style upgrade with a wide variety of designer door hardware options for less than designer prices. Check out our Style Selector tool to get started.

    2. Complete your interior decor

    Your front door is the perfect opportunity to introduce your personal style to guests before they step inside. Make sure your exterior accurately reflects what's on the interior by choosing door hardware in a finish that matches other finishes inside the home and complements existing decor. The Satin Brass handleset in the image above not only plays well with the finish of the lighting and planter accessories on the front porch, but eases guests into the entry where other gold accents and shades of blue work together for a cohesive look.

    3. A detail that can't be missed

    Studies show that people interact with door hardware about 34 times per day. It's the first thing you'll touch when you get home and the last when you leave. Make sure the impression is lasting by choosing a style and finish you can be proud of.

    5. Wide selection of styles and finishes

    With advances in both design and technology, you no longer need to sacrifice style to gain security or convenience. Both of Schlage's mechanical and electronic product lines draw inspiration from architectural and design schools to create a collection that is rooted in design trends. From traditional to contemporary and everything in between, you're bound to find the perfect handleset that reflects your unique tastes and lifestyle.

    Don't let an outdated handleset and mismatched hardware drag your curb appeal down anymore. With minimal tools and time, you can be on your way to a stylish look in no time. If you're planning a front door refresh this weekend, be sure to share your before and after photos with us on Facebook and Instagram.

     

    Mechanical deadbolt vs. electronic lock: How to choose

    June 10, 2016 1:43 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Mechanical Deadbolt vs. Electronic Lock: How to Choose

    Here's a breakdown of the top benefits for both mechanical and electronic deadbolts locks to help you choose the right deadbolt to secure your home.

     

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    Choosing the right deadbolt lock requires more than picking out the best deal on the shelf. Take some time to consider your lifestyle and security needs to find the perfect fit for you. Here are a few pros and cons of mechanical and electronic locks to help you choose the most stylish and secure deadbolt for your home.
    Mechanical deadbolt - Pros - Wakefield Handleset by Schlage

    Mechanical deadbolt pros

    1. Affordable.
    If cost is your number one barrier to a high tech lock, then a mechanical deadbolt may be best for you. You can find a large variety of mechanical deadbolts across many price points but don't forget to factor in security grades before you buy. A cheap lock could mean it's more likely to wear down, causing you to spend more in the long run on repairs and replacements.
    2. More style options.
    If you have a very specific style and finish you know you want for your home, then mechanical locks and handlesets will definitely feature a wider variety to choose from. Your favorite finish may not be available in an electronic offering just yet and creating a cohesive look from the front door throughout the interior of the home is important when it comes to style and design. Check out our Style Selector tool to help you choose the right deadbolt and handleset combo for your home. No matter your personal style, there's a mechanical lockset that is perfect for you.
    3. Easy installation.
    Installing a mechanical deadbolt is a lot easier than you may expect - especially when you choose a Schlage deadbolt equipped with Snap and Stay technology. Here's a tutorial we recently put together to show you all the steps required.

    Mechanical deadbolt cons

    1. Easy to get locked out.
    How many times have you stepped out of your home, shut the door, only to realize that sinking feeling that you left your keys inside? With mechanical locks, re-entry to your home would require an expensive call to your local locksmith or finding a creative way to breach your home. Hopefully that does not include kicking in the door or breaking a window!
    2. Difficult to control access.
    If you have a housekeeper, friend or other service personnel that needs to gain access to your home when you're not around requires either hiding a spare key or creating an extra key they could keep. The downside to this method is you cannot limit their access. They could come and go as often as they please. You also run the risk of a potential intruder coming across the hidden spare. The last thing you want is to give a criminal an easy way in!
    3. Weighed down by keys.
    If you live an active lifestyle, keys can often become a drag. It's a pain to walk the dog or go for a run and have to worry about keys weighing you down or finding a secure place to hide the key until you return. It can also be a struggle when you reach your front door with a heavy set of groceries or late at night and have to fumble around to unlock your door.
    Electronic deadbolt - Pros - Schlage Touch Keyless lock

    Electronic deadbolt pros

    1. Keyless convenience.
    Electronic deadbolts allow you to say goodbye to that annoying key and enjoy a much simpler way to access your home with a custom access code/PIN you create. All of the cons of mechanical locks can be kissed goodbye when you choose to go keyless. Walk your dog and go for a run with peace of mind that you have an easy way to get back inside when you return. All of Schlage's electronic deadbolts are equipped with either an illuminated touchscreen or back-lit keypad so you're never left fumbling in the dark. See a comparison of Schlage's electronic lock line-up.
    2. Greater control over access.
    Giving your friends and any service personnel access to your home is easy with an electronic deadbolt. All you need to do is program a unique PIN that can easily be disabled when they no longer need it. Some electronic locks, like the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt, will even allow you to customize the time of day that PIN is valid. This is useful for a babysitter or daily dog walker that may come to your home frequently but should only be there during certain times.
    3. Easy installation.
    Don't let the word "electronic" scare you away from installing one of these locks on your own. Schlage's electronic locks install in minutes. There's no wiring involved and the only tool you'll need is a screwdriver. Watch our Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt installation video to see for yourself.

    Electronic deadbolt cons

    1. More expensive.
    If budget is a main concern for you, then mechanical locks may be the way to go. Most electronic locks are priced anywhere from $100-$250 depending on the number of features and level of security you want most. You can save money by choosing an electronic deadbolt that does not have home automation capabilities, like the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen deadbolt.
    2. Must remember your PIN and change the battery.
    Forgetting your PIN or letting the battery die are the only ways an electronic deadbolt will lock you out; however, with all of Schlage's electronic offerings, there's the option of using a back-up mechanical key to gain access or as with the Schlage Touch, a 9V battery. We recommend choosing a PIN that is both easy to remember and secure. Be sure to store your PIN in a safe location - hidden within your phone or written down where you won't lose it. Here are some tips on creating a safe and secure access code for your lock. In the event that your battery is running low, Schlage's electronic locks will issue a low battery warning well in advance so you'll have plenty of time to make the switch. To avoid the risk altogether, we recommend changing your battery once every year when you change the battery in your smoke detector.
    3. Limited style options.
    While many electronic locks come in sleek designs, you're often limited to just a couple of styles and only a handful of finishes. As mentioned above, there are not nearly as many style and finish options when it comes to choosing an electronic lock when compared to mechanical deadbolts and handlesets. 
    For more information on all our mechanical and electronic deadbolt offerings from pricing to security grades to installation tips, visit schlage.com.

    How to install a deadbolt lock

    June 7, 2016 7:32 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage

    Here are all the steps you need to follow to properly install a new deadbolt lock in just a few minutes.

     

     

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    Updating your front door can be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint and a new set of hardware. This project can easily be tackled in an afternoon and to help you plan for this project, we're going to show you how easy it is to install a new deadbolt lock. Before we get started, be sure your door is properly drilled and aligned with this door prep checklist. You can complete your deadbolt installation in just a few minutes with minimal tools - tape measure and a #2 Phillips Head screwdriver are all you need. Keep in mind that an electric drill is not recommended for installation as it can easily strip the screws and damage your lock.

     

    Deadbolt parts checklist

    Once you've gathered your tools, you're ready to get started installing your deadbolt lock. The first step you want to take is to ensure you have all parts and pieces of the deadbolt. Here's a checklist to help you be sure:
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    Outside housing: This is the exterior portion of your deadbolt where you insert the key.
     Inside thumbturn: This is the interior portion of your deadbolt that allows you to lock and unlock from the inside of your home.
     Bolt: This is the interior locking mechanism. It comes pre-attached with a rectangular faceplate.
     Round drive-in faceplate: This is an optional faceplate that may replace the rectangular faceplate already attached to the bolt if your door calls for it.
     Strike plate: The strike plate is the metal plate that will be affixed to the door frame. The strike is used to increase security by holding the bolt in place.
     Reinforcement plate: This piece is optional, but works to strengthen the door frame adding additional security to your home.
     Short screws: These will be used to secure the bolt and faceplate with the door.
     Tapered long screws: These will be used to secure the interior thumbturn to the outside housing.
      Wood screws: These will be used to secure the reinforcement plate.
     Keys

    Installation instructions

    1You'll begin installing your deadbolt lock by placing the bolt first.* 

     

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    *If you need to replace the rectangular faceplate with the round drive-in faceplate, follow steps a-c below before going further. You'll also need to add a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood to your tool set.

    a. Remove faceplate with a flat head screwdriver

     

    b. Twist and remove remaining support plate

     

    c. Install round drive-in faceplate with just a snap

     

    2If your door has a backset of 2 3/8", you will not need to make any further adjustments. If your backset measures 2 3/4", the bolt is easily adjusted by simply twisting the faceplate. You'll see and hear the bolt snap in to place.
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    3If you're using the rectangular faceplate, slide the bolt into place with the word top facing up and secure with the two short screws.

     

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    For the drive-in faceplate, slide into place with the word top facing up and gently tap in to place flush with the door edge using a block of wood to protect the bolt.
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    4Schlage's deadbolts are equipped with snap and stay technology that allows the outside housing to stay in place while your hands remain free to attach the inside thumbturn. If your crossbore measured 2 1/8", you're ready to move on to the next step. If it measured 1 1/2", you will need to remove the snap and stay bracket. Here's how:

    a. Remove the attachment screw located on the interior side of the outside housing.

     

    b. Rotate and remove the bracket.

    5Orient outside housing with Schlage side up, align and insert the tail piece with the bolt. If you're using the snap and stay bracket, simply snap the outside housing into the hole.

     

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    6Next, orient the slot on the inside thumbturn with the tail piece and secure it to the door using the two self-guiding long screws. The tapered tip of the screws allows them to easily line up and thread.

     

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    7Install the reinforcement plate to the door frame, making sure it is oriented correctly as indicated on the plate. Secure in place with the two wood screws. As noted above, this step is optional. In some cases, some additional work may need to be done to the door jamb to allow the strike plate to be secured above.
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    8Install the strike plate over the reinforcement plate using the remaining 2 short screws.
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    Testing the lock

    Now that the installation is complete, it's important to test the lock to make sure everything is in proper, working order.
    1With the door open, turn the thumbturn to extend and retract the bolt.
    How to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage

    2Repeat step 1 on the exterior side with the key.

     

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    3Now close the door and use the thumbturn to operate the bolt. It should extend and retract smoothly. If the deadbolt drags while testing with the door closed, you'll need to adjust the strike or jamb for better alignment.

     

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    Check back later this month for step-by-step instructions for installing a handleset and electronic deadbolt. In the meantime, be sure to visit us on Pinterest and Instagram for front door makeover inspiration.

    How to prepare your front door to install a deadbolt lock

    June 6, 2016 12:59 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, June 6, 2016

    How to Prepare Your Front Door to Install a Deadbolt Lock

    Installing a new deadbolt lock is an easy project when your front door has the proper measurements. Here's a handy checklist to help you get started.

     

     

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    Ready to finally give your front door the curb appeal upgrade it deserves? The good news is, installing a new handleset is an easy project, perfect for any DIY skill level that can be completed in just a few minutes but success requires proper preparations as well. Be sure your front door meets all the requirements when it comes to measurements. Otherwise, installing a new deadbolt on a door that isn't properly drilled could result in misalignment and a non-functioning deadbolt lock. Here's the door prep checklist you need:

      Deadbolt to door latch

    - Your door must have a minimum of 5 1/2" between the center of the deadbolt crossbore hole and the center of any other door latch below the deadbolt.

     

    How to Prepare Your Front Door to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
     

      Crossbore

    - The crossbore diameter should measure 2 1/8" or 1 1/2".

     

    How to Prepare Your Front Door to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
     

      Backset

    - The backset is the distance from the edge of the door to the center line of the prep in the door. This should measure 2 3/8" or 2 3/4" from the door edge to the center of the crossbore.
    How to Prepare Your Front Door to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
     

      Latch bore

    - The latch bore should measure 1" in diameter.

     

    How to Prepare Your Front Door to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
     

      Thickness

    - The thickness of the door should be between 1 3/8" and 1 3/4"
    How to Prepare Your Front Door to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
     

      Doorjamb

    - The hole in the doorjamb should measure at least 7/8" in diameter and a minimum of a 1" deep.
    How to Prepare Your Front Door to Install a Deadbolt Lock | Schlage
     
    To see these measurements in action, be sure to view our deadbolt (B60/B62) door prep video. Ready to get started with the intallation? Here's a step-by-step guide to installing a new deadbolt lock.

    Exterior projects that are worth the investment

    May 31, 2016 12:17 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Exterior Projects That Are Worth the Investment | Schlage

    Here's a breakdown of six common exterior curb appeal projects with the average cost and return on investment to help you prioritize.

     

     

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    Prioritizing exterior projects can be an overwhelming process. You may feel like you have a million projects to get done and not enough time - or money - to do them. Take a step back and try prioritizing where you'll see the biggest bang for your buck. Here are seven common exterior projects and the value you'll gain from the investment.

    1. Front entrance

    It's no secret that we're big fans of front entrance makeovers around here! There's no better way to make the best first impression whether for potential buyers or friends and family than at the front door. But the payoff doesn't end there. According to the 2016 Hanley Wood Cost vs. Value report, replacing your front door could help you recoup 91% of the costs when you sell. If a new door is out of budget, a fresh coat of paint and new door hardware can help achieve the same effect for a fraction of the cost. Check out our Pinterest boards for a little DIY inspiration.

    2. Garage door

    Just like your front door, your garage door is another opportunity to make a great first impression. A beat up door with an outdated color and year's of wear and tear from the elements can be a major turn off to potential buyers and a burden on all the hard work you've done improving the exterior of your home. Replacing the garage door could cost you around $1,652 with 91.5% of the costs recouped. Just like with your front door, if a full replacement is out of budget, there are little things you can do to take a quality garage door and give it a refresh. Check out this dirt cheap DIY garage makeover

    3. Siding

    While a much more hefty investment than the two projects above, new siding can be just the wow-factor your home needs to sell fast. Respondents of the 2016 Cost vs. Value report revealed that the return on all siding projects in all markets was 77.0%. Of course, costs will vary based on the material you choose so be sure to do your research on which siding is the best quality and well suited for your climate and neighborhood.

    4. Deck

    Outdoor living space is a quickly growing must-have among the wishlists of homeowners and buyers alike. Adding on a deck to accommodate outdoor entertaining with take your curb appeal to the next level while giving you additional space to enjoy the spring and summer weather. When it comes to adding value to your home, the materials matter. Consider building a wood deck over composite where you could see a 75% return vs. 64%.

    5. Stone veneer

    Does the exterior of your home just feel like it's missing something? Replacing the bottom third of your siding with a manufactured stone veneer not only looks great, but increases your resale value as well. This project would cost well below what it would take to replace all siding and the average homeowner sees a return of 92.9% of costs, a number that continues to increase year-over-year.

    6. Roof

    Replacing the roof is an expensive investment that every homeowner dreads. Potential buyers are often quick to ask the age of the roof before making a decision to make an offer. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, it may be worth avoiding losing a potential sale making the investment to replace. This selling point will also justify a slightly higher asking price. Check out the full details on cost vs. value here.

     

    Which exterior project is on the top of your priority list this summer? Comment below to let us know!

     

     

    6 mistakes to avoid when adding curb appeal to your home

    May 27, 2016 10:16 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    6 Mistakes to Avoid When Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home

    Spring and summer are key seasons for curb appeal projects. Be sure to avoid these 6 mistakes that could decrease your curb appeal instead of improve.

     

     

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    Spring and summer are prime seasons for updating your home's curb appeal. Like many homeowners, you likely have a long wishlist of exterior projects you'd like to complete this year. Be sure to avoid committing one of these six curb appeal mistakes that could do more harm than good to your home's value.
    6 Mistakes to Avoid When Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home | Schlage

    1. Over-improving

    If adding curb appeal is on your list of priorities in order to increase the resale value of your home, be careful not to over-improve. Some projects require more investment to complete than you'll see in return when your house is on the market. For example, you can recoup up to 101.8% of the cost of a new front door while adding on composite decking will only recoup 68% of the investment, according to Hanley Wood's Cost vs. Value report. Factor in the value of homes around you and the cost to be sure you're prioritizing the projects that give you the biggest bang for your buck.

     

    2. Too much maintenance

    When it comes to improving your landscaping, it's easy to go overboard. It's best to start small and work your way up through the years to be sure you're not taking on more maintenance and upkeep than you can handle. This is especially important for homeowner's planning to sell. Buyers prefer low-maintenance landscaping with the option to add their own personal touch if desired. 

    3. Ignoring the little details

    A fresh coat of paint and new landscaping can go a long way but don't forget to pay attention to the smaller details as well. Door hardware and light fixtures are key to improving the front entry of your home. Make sure your finishes coordinate with the rest of the home and aren't suffering from wear and tear from years of exposure to the elements.

    4. Failing to maintain

    It's easy to get caught up in adding something new to your home but don't forget to maintain the existing features. A good spring clean is an affordable way to refresh your home. Be sure to keep your gutters clear of plants and debris, wash away any mildew build-up and touch up any chipping paint or faded stain.

    5. Creating a contradiction

    Every homeowner should add their own personal touch to the style of a home but be careful not to go overboard if you're looking to sell. Choose elements that enhance the character of your home and neighborhood instead of work against it.

    6. Waiting too long

    Spring and summer are busy times of the year, especially for active families. It's easy to run out of time to complete each project. That's why it pays to prioritize based on time of year and set deadlines to make sure you get the necessities complete. Be careful not to plant too early when nighttime temps can still dip below freezing and complete your painting projects before high temperatures and humidity set in.

    What other tips do you have for fellow homeowners working on their curb appeal this summer? Comment below to let us know!

     

    When high security should be top of mind

    May 24, 2016 9:55 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    When High Security Should be Top of Mind

    Here are six ways smart home technology will increase the security of your home this summer by deterring theft and giving you peace of mind.

     

     

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    With Memorial Day just around the corner, many families are preparing for a busy summer full of home improvement projects and family activities. Whether your plan is to stay home this season or whisk away for a relaxing vacation, it's important to consider which steps you should take to deter criminals and keep your loved ones and belongings safe. Here are a few ideas that will increase the security of your home and give you peace of mind this season so you can enjoy what's really important.
    Home security - Schlage touch - Keyless deadbolt

    1. Ditch the keys

    Hiding a spare key under a rock or doormat is just providing easy access to anyone that really wants to get in to your home. Even if you have the most clever hiding spot, it's easy for a neighbor or passerby to notice when you put that key back in place. Remove the risk and ditch the keys altogether by installing a keyless electronic deadbolt instead. Now you can enjoy the convenience of never getting locked out and make sure loved ones have access whenever they need it by assigning their own designated code.

    2. Light the home

    A dark home can signal to would-be burglars that no one is home. Create the illusion that the home is occupied by installing smart lighting and motion sensors that turn on and off at random intervals. A well lit home is one of the first deterrents intruders look for.

    3. Set up surveillance

    Along with a well-lit home, visible cameras can also make criminals pass your home by. You can also opt for a smart solution that includes 24/7 monitoring, allowing you to check what is going on at your home no matter where you are.

    4. Activate smart alarm

    Installing a smart alarm is a great way to make sure you receive alerts anytime unusual activity is detected at your home. You can choose for a third party to monitor your alarm for a monthly fee or avoid the fee altogether by sending alerts directly to you. Just install motion detectors around windows and doors to trigger the alert. With coordinating cameras, you can check in to see what set the alarm off and decide if a call to your local law enforcement agency is needed.

    5. Monitor the garage

    If you have a garage attached to your home, you've probably panicked more than once wondering if you remembered to shut the garage door on your way out. With a smart garage opener, you don't have to wonder. Simply pull check an app on your phone to verify if the door is open or closed. If you've chosen an opener with remote capabilities, command it to close no matter where you are.

    6. Keep tabs on the door

    You've likely had the same fear you forgot to lock the front door on your way out as well. With a smart deadbolt lock, like the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt or Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen deadbolt, and an accompanying smart home hub, you can rest easy knowing the status of your lock is easy to check with an app on your phone.
    For even more tips on equipping a safe and secure home, check out this infographic.

    11 budget curb appeal ideas to spruce up your home for less

    May 20, 2016 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 20, 2016

    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less

    Here are 11 DIY curb appeal projects that will help you stay in budget but make a big impact in the value and curb appeal of your home.

     

     

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    If boosting your curb appeal is on your to-do list this spring and summer, there's no reason you should have to spend a fortune if your budget doesn't allow it. Simply search for DIY-friendly projects you can complete without breaking the bank. Here are eleven DIY curb appeal projects we're swooning over this spring.
    Add a little character to your home with this simple tutorial from Lowe's. Simply build your own shutters and take your exterior from blah to adorable in no time.
    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less
    Every detail counts when it comes to your curb appeal and an easy way to make a big impact is to find those small details that you can have a little fun with. Add a modern twist to your home and make it easy for guests to find at the same time with this DIY house number project.
    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less

    Curb appeal isn't just for the front of your home. This side door transformation is simple but the end result makes a huge difference. Get all the details from stain technique to door hardware from Living Rich on Less.

     

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    Easily spruce up the trim around your front door by adding a piece of crown molding at the top. The addition helps create a more grand entrance and takes your curb appeal up a notch.
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    There's nothing eye catching about a regular garage door but for less than $10, you can make yours something special. Get the tutorial to create your own carriage style garage door in no time.
    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less
    Every home features a necessary eyesore but there's no reason to live with it as is. Try camouflaging those hideous electrical boxes with a fresh coat of paint instead.
    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less

    Window boxes are another way to add both color and character to your home. Simply purchase one from the store or try a DIY version to get the exact look you want. Here's a great tutorial from Two Twenty One.

     

    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less
    Opt for a creative twist to the traditional sidewalk. While this project is the most labor intensive on the list, the work is sure to pay off. Check out this DIY front path makeover
    here.
    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less
    White isn't your only option when it comes to trim. Try staying in the same color family with a different tone for the trim around the door. The end result is both unique and eye-catching.
    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less
    Some screen doors can cost a fortune to buy brand new. Cut the cost by trying this tutorial for a DIY Chippendale style screen door. This is one project you'll be proud to accomplish at the end of the day!
    11 Budget Curb Appeal Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home for Less
     
    Don't let boring porch columns drag your home down. Create a more elegant appeal by building your own porch columns. Here's a method from the DIY Mommy that will make this project worth the work.
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    For even more DIY curb appeal ideas, check out eleven of our favorite spring curb appeal ideas.

    How to choose an exterior paint color

    May 19, 2016 6:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, May 19, 2016

    How to Choose an Exterior Paint Color | Schlage

    Looking for a new paint color for your front door or home's exterior? Learn how to choose an exterior paint color with our top tips and considerations.

     

     

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    Choosing a new paint color - whether for the exterior of your home or even just the front door - sounds fun at first but can quickly become a burden. How many times have you fallen for a color on a swatch only to hate the shade once you've painted the whole room? The same can happen with the exterior of your home causing you to spend more time and resources to get the look you want. It pays to take your time and consider all the elements that have an influence over the look and feel of your home. Learn how to choose an exterior paint color with our top tips and considerations below.
    How to Choose an Exterior Paint Color | Schlage
    1. Personal style.
    First, it pays to consider your personal style. No matter what tone or shade you choose, your home should be a reflection of you. Start by considering a few of your favorite styles and coordinating colors.
    2. Interior style.
    Your front door is your first opportunity to make a good impression. Use this as a chance to introduce your personal style to guests by easing them into the overall look and feel of the interior of your home. If your style is more contemporary, stick to a contemporary color palette as opposed to more traditional tones.
    3. Style of neighboring homes.
    If you live in a neighborhood, look to the homes around you for more inspiration. This is also a great time to get familiar with any neighborhood association requirements when it comes to exterior improvements. Let the homes around you complement your style but find opportunities to add your own unique spin.
    4. Existing colors.
    Unless you're doing a complete exterior transformation, you may need to choose a color that complements foundational features. Consider the type of brick or color of siding, roof and trim before you commit.
    5. Accents.
    Does your home feature any unique architectural elements? Choose a color that accentuates those elements rather than hides them. Also consider the finish on your lighting and door hardware. This is a great time to consider outfitting your home with a new finish to pull your home's exterior together.
    6. Climate.
    Don't forget to account for the climate where you live. Does your front door face direct sunlight for most of the day? Then you'll likely want to stay away from black which absorbs more heat and can fade more quickly. Also consider humidity levels and what type of paint you'll need to stick with. Contact your local paint store for more information before you buy.
    7. Inspiration.

    Finally, don't forget to look to online resources such as Pinterest or Houzz and keep an eye on your favorite home remodeling publications for inspiration. Keep your mind focused by sticking to the factors you laid out above and take your favorite images to your local paint supplier to find the perfect match.

     

    What process do you go through to find the perfect exterior paint color? Comment below to let us know.

     

     

    Easy real life home makeovers with a simple coat of paint

    May 13, 2016 2:40 PM by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    8 Easy Real Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of Paint

    Completing a curb appeal makeover doesn't have to be a major expense. Check out these 8 easy home makeovers that simply used a coat of paint.

     

     

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    Looking for a little inspiration to give your home's exterior and curb appeal a major boost? There's no reason to get in over your head and think you need to completely remodel the entire exterior. Below are a few homeowners that managed to make a huge impact with a single coat of paint.

    1. Keep it simple

    You don't have to redo the entire exterior to make an impact on your home. Focusing on the little details can go a long way on its own. We love how this homeowner featured on Apartment Therapy made this project easy and affordable by freshening up the home's trim, front door and garage door.
    Easy Real Life Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of PaintEasy Real Life Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of Paint

    2. Make it pop

    Adding a vibrant color to a few details on your home can also have a major impact. These homeowners featured on HGTV created a cheerful curb appeal by removing bulky landscaping that hid most of the home and made it pop with a yellow front door and flower boxes.
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    3. Bring it to life

    Don't forget to consider the details in the doorstep and overhead as well. This front door goes from bland to unique by painting the steps a dark grey and adding architectural details around the light fixture above. See more from HGTV.
    Easy Real Life Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of PaintEasy Real Life Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of Paint

    4. Restore and refinish

    You can also choose to focus on details that are a little more worn and weathered than the rest of the home. By refinishing the stairs and adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door and trim, this simple makeover makes this home look brand new. Find out more details about this before and after from Apartment Therapy.
    Easy Real Life Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of PaintEasy Real Life Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of Paint

    5. Go from bland to modern

    Don't be afraid to take away some features on your home. Removing the shutters and applying a new shade of grey to this 1950s home gives it a modern edge. It's simple but far from boring. See more of this tri-level remodel on Apartment Therapy.
    Easy Real Life Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of PaintEasy Real Life Home Makeovers with a Simple Coat of Paint

    6. Accessorize

    After adding a new pop of color to your front door or trim, take your curb appeal up another notch with just a few accessories. Summer of Simple Stylings removes the railing and adds a few key details to make her front porch perfect for entertaining.
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    7. Be bold

    Take a risk and choose to use paint to take your home from one extreme to another. That's exactly what this homeowner featured on Houzz did to make his home's exterior stand out in a whole new way.
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    8. Keep it classy

    Look to the original character of your home while adding your own personal twist. That's exactly what Victoria Barnes did to restore the original character of her 1890 Victorian. Get all the details on paint colors including this custom shade of red she came up with for the doors on her blog.
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    Ready to get started on your painting project? Be sure to check out our favorite paint colors this spring to kickstart your project.

    6 must-haves for high value curb appeal

    May 11, 2016 2:02 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    6 Must-Haves for High Value Curb Appeal | Schlage

    Here are six must-have curb appeal details that are high value and will take your home's style up a notch.

     

     

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    Spring is in full swing with summer right on its tail. Now's the time to get your home in tip-top shape so you can get outside and enjoy the beautiful, warm weather. Take some time this month to create a little curb appeal that you can be proud of. Here are six must-have details for creating high value curb appeal and taking your home's style up a notch.

    1. Well manicured lawn

    Sometimes the best curb appeal is the most simple and that means you have to start with the right foundation. Focus on defining clean lines around walkways and flower beds and help your grass look its best with a little fertilizer. Make sure you pull those pesky weeds that can show up in cracks in the sidewalk and driveway and give any existing trees and bushes a trim, making sure to pick up any lingering sticks or leaves.
    6 Must-Haves for High Value Curb Appeal
    Curb Appeal via Schlage

    2. Fresh exterior

    Sometimes, all you need for a fresh exterior is to give your home a quick wash. This provides the perfect opportunity to take note of any places that need attention, such as chipping paint around the windows, missing shingles, or siding that needs repair. Pay attention to the details to help your home look as good as new.

    3. Vibrant front door

    Give your home a boost of cheer and add an eye-catching element by refreshing your front door with a new, vibrant color. Stick with what you know by choosing a fresh coat in the same shade or push the limits by thinking outside the box and painting a unique shade instead. Don't forget to complete the look with a new handleset and coordinating lighting.

    4. Pops of color

    Adding a little pop of color is easy when you opt to add a new planter with flowers. The options are endless so be sure to stick to a theme that coordinates with the existing style of your home. The front door is the perfect location for flowering plants but don't forget the rest of your home. Consider adding planters where accessories are lacking, like the garage in this photo below.

    5. Clutter-free

    Even the most well-planned landscaping can suffer from too much clutter. Be careful not to add too many accessories and make sure garden tools and toys are kept where they belong instead of littering the yard.

    6. Complete

    When you own your home, it seems as though the projects are never ending. If you're not careful, you may end up with several incomplete projects, distracting from the hard work you've done to get your curb appeal in tip top shape. Resist the urge to start a new project when another has yet to be complete. You'll be much more satisfied when you can take a step back at the end of the day and enjoy a job well done.

    What advice do you have for fellow homeowners when it comes to adding high value curb appeal? Comment below to let us know!

     

    What can you expect after purchasing a Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt?

    May 9, 2016 1:43 PM by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 9, 2016

    What to Expect After Purchasing a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    When considering new technology, it’s important to know if you’ll have ongoing support. Here's what to expect after purchasing a Schlage Sense Smart deadbolt.

     

     

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    As the strongest, most intelligent Bluetooth®-enabled lock on the market, the Schlage Sense™ Smart deadbolt opens up a whole new smart home experience with its flexibility for ease of access without compromising security. To make the most of its features, we work hard to make sure you have access to the resources you need in the most convenient way. Here's what you can expect for product support after purchasing your Schlage Sense lock.
    What to Expect After Purchasing a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt

    1. Video tutorials

    From installation, to programming instructions, to general feature and app how-to's, you'll have access to a playlist of videos that will help you grow more familiar with the capabilities of your Schlage Sense lock. Simply visit the how-to center on schlage.com or our YouTube page to find the videos you need.

    2. App with installation instructions

    Installing and programming your Schlage Sense lock is easy when you follow the step-by-step instructions in the Schlage Sense app. Just download the app to your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® and follow along with the prompts as you go. Here are even more tips for getting the most out of the features available in your Schlage Sense app.

    3. knowledge center

    If you aren't finding what you need with the step-by-step app prompts or in our list of video tutorials, be sure to access the knowledge center at schlage.com for frequently asked questions. From advice for pairing your lock with Apple TV to how to access user history data, we fill the knowledge center with questions straight from our customers and provide the most up-to-date answers. To ask us your question, locate the search icon at the top right of home page and fill the search bar with your inquiry.

    4. Customer support

    When it comes to using new technology, there are bound to be unique questions or use-cases that arise. That's why we have a trained customer support team ready to give you the personalized assistance you need. Have a question about pairing your lock with Apple TV®? Want to be sure you're taking all the right steps during installation? Give our team a call at 888.805.9837.

    5. Firmware updates

    At Schlage, we're constantly making improvements to the Schlage Sense lock and app to further enhance the user experience and make it even easier to keep your home safe. Be sure to use the Schlage Sense app often to be notified of any available firmware updates. To complete the update, your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® device must be connected to your lock over Bluetooth® for the duration of the update – about 15 minutes. You'll know the process is complete when the lock beeps and flashes red LEDs.

    And there you have it. When you join the Schlage electronic lock family, you can rest easy knowing there's a whole team dedicated to making sure you have the best experience with your new smart deadbolt. As always, feel free to submit your questions or comments below or follow one of the steps above to access existing materials. 

     

    A curb appeal upgrade that really pays off

    May 4, 2016 1:29 PM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    A Curb Appeal Upgrade That Really Pays Off | Schlage

    Upgrade your curb appeal and home's marketability with these makeover ideas. Here are 5 curb appeal projects that will add resale value to your home.

     

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    Updating the curb appeal of your home can often feel like an impossible project. With so many options available, it's easy to get in over your head and outside of your budget. Whether you're looking to add curb appeal for resale value or to reflect your personal style, it helps to take a step back and consider the value you'll be adding to your home. Here are five curb appeal upgrades that are truly worth the investment and add to your home's marketability.
    A Curb Appeal Upgrade That Really Pays Off | Schlage

    1. Front door makeover

    Your front door is often the first thing guests and potential buyers will notice about your home so it pays to make a good impression here first. According to Hanley Wood's 2015 Cost vs. Value report, replacing your front entry door can recoup up to 101.8% of the costs, making sure this project will pay you back in full. If a complete door replacement is out of budget, consider adding a fresh coat of paint and a new handleset to spiff things up in no time.

    2. Unique house numbers

    Make it easier for guests to find your home by placing a unique house number that will catch their eye. With so many DIY projects across the Web, it's easy to create something that goes beyond boring numbers and reflects your personal style. Check out our boards on Pinterest for inspiration.

    3. Well-designed landscaping

    There's no denying that beautiful, well-thought landscaping can add tremendous value while enhancing the style of your home. The good news is, if you already have the basics, this project may be as simple as pulling a few weeds and trimming a few plants. If you're starting from scratch, be sure to pick a single theme and stick with it. Opt for plants that coordinate and are best suited for your climate.

    4. Strategic lighting

    Place lighting in areas that show off the most beautiful aspects of your home and all your hard work. Line walkways with solar lighting and add overhead lighting to all entry doors. You'll also reap the reward of added security from a well-lit home.

    5. Spring clean

    Give your home a facelift with a fresh pressure wash and keep your gutters free and clear of weeds and debris. Failing to take care of the smallest details can tip off to potential buyers that the home was not well cared for. Also take the time to clean your windows inside and out, taking note of any screens that need repaired or replaced. Here are even more tips for giving the exterior of your home the spring clean it deserves.

    What areas of your home are you looking to improve this spring? Comment below to let us know!

     

    How to increase home security with smart home technology

    April 26, 2016 12:52 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    How to Increase Home Security with Smart Home Technology

    Looking for ways to increase the safety and security of your home this spring? Check out the latest smart home developments that will do just that.

     

     

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    Spring is not only a great time of year to clean and organize your home but also the perfect time to make sure your loved ones and belongings are as safe and secure as possible. While you scour your home to replace smoke detector batteries and ensure all home security devices are in working order, look for opportunities to improve the safety of your home.

     

    Smart home technology isn't just for adding convenience or efficiency to your home. There's also the benefit of greater peace of mind as you increase security and stay connected to know your home is safe and sound. With the latest developments in smart home technology, you can rest easy while at home or away knowing you didn't forget to lock the doors or close the garage and have the right equipment in place to deter both criminals and disaster.

    Check out this infographic to learn how smart home technology can make your home safe and more secure. Which safety risk are you looking to combat with new technology?
     
    Equipping a safe and secure house

     

    Looking for even more information on smart home technology? Check out our tech board on Pinterest.

     

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