Categories

Blog

Your browser is out of date

This website will not look or function as originally intended in your current browser

We recommend upgrading to the latest version of Internet Explorer or Chrome or Firefox

    How to create secure access codes for Schlage smart locks.

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

    Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Create secure access codes for smart locks | Schlage

    There’s more to high-quality locks than just a strong deadbolt latch. We’re sharing these tips for how to create secure access codes for smart locks.

     

    READ MORE

    There’s more to high-quality locks than just a strong deadbolt latch. That’s why we always encourage you to make sure your door jamb is structurally sound. It’s why Schlage smart locks feature fingerprint-resistant buttons that won’t show wear. And it’s why we’re sharing these tips for how to create secure access codes for smart locks.

    Don’t try this at home

    Steer clear of these codes. They’re easily guessed by potential intruders, so no matter how strong your lock is, your home won’t be as secure as it could be.
     

    • Don’t use your own birthday or anniversary.

    • Don’t use your house number.

    • Don’t use your own phone number.*

    • Don’t use 1-2-3-4. It’s the most common four-digit code out there.
       

    * You might use a phone number if you’re a rental property manager and assign user codes to guests. In this case, we recommend using the visitor’s last four digits of their phone number for their code. The code will change frequently, depending on who’s visiting, so there’s less risk than using your own digits.

    Nurse entering code on Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt

    Do program smart codes

    Now that we know what not to do, try these tips for creating a strong user code.
     

    • Spell a “numeric” word. Think back to the early days of texting when you had to punch the 2 three times to cycle around to the letter C. Maybe you choose 4663 (“HOME”) or 7246 (“RAIN”).

    • Use phone numbers you dial frequently but aren’t unique to you, like the one for your favorite pizza shop.

    • Choose the longest code possible. Some Schlage locks accept codes from four to eight digits long. Visit our How-To Center to learn how to change the code length.

    • Use a close friend’s birthday.

    Track your codes the smart way

    Especially if you create multiple access codes, you might need a way to remember what code belongs to whom.
     

    • If you have the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, you can use the Schlage® Home app to track access codes. Visit the Access Code screen by tapping the people icon at the bottom of the home screen, then tap the name of the person whose code you need to look up. You can then change or delete codes as necessary from there.

    • Use a free online note-taking tool like Evernote that you can access from your phone or personal computer when you log in to your account. Try not to be too obvious when noting what the codes refer to, just in case in there are prying eyes.

    • Hide a user code in your phone’s directory. For example, you could create an entry for your housekeeper and hide their code within what looks to be a phone number. If the user code is 0649, you could list the phone number as (525) 406-4921. Make sure your phone is passcode protected for even more security in case of loss or theft.
    Housekeeper using Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt;

    Change Schlage smart lock user codes

    If you’re realizing that your code isn’t as strong as it could be, use the links below to learn how to change your Schlage smart lock access codes.
     

    Finally, if you think one of your access codes has been compromised but aren’t sure which one, you can complete a factory default reset. This will wipe the memory of all existing codes and you can begin from scratch, assigning new codes you know to be secure. Check out our How-To Center for instructions.

     

    Visit Schlage.com to learn more about products that can help keep your family safe. Or check out our blog for more helpful tips to get the most out of your home security.

     

    Make the grade with Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring™ Video Doorbell.

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

    Monday, August 19, 2019

     Make the grade with Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring™ Video Doorbell

    We can’t help much with algebra homework, but we can take some of the stress out of the schoolyear. Just lock onto the keyless convenience and peace of mind of the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt.

     

    READ MORE

    Back-to-school is an exciting time, but it can be overwhelming, too. Do the kids have all their supplies? Who’s in charge of transporting them to and from practice? Will they be able to get in the house after being dropped off after school? We can’t help much with algebra homework (maybe our engineers can), but we can take some of the stress out of the schoolyear. Just lock onto the keyless convenience and peace of mind of the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt.
    Kid unlocking Schlage Encode wifi smart lock.

    Convenience for the kids. Peace of mind for you.

    Everyone is busy this time of year, so why not take a few things off your plate? Start with home security. Control who can and can’t gain access to your house with a Schlage smart lock. With the industry’s best ratings in Security, Durability and Finish, the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt helps keep intruders out and you and your family safe. And with keyless entry – you can create and manage up to 100 unique access codes – your kids won’t have a spare key to lose or forget.

     

    Keyless convenience isn’t just for the kids, though. Create a code for childcare you arrange to stay with the kids after school or for trusted carpool parents dropping them off.

     

    The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt offers remote access from anywhere. As long as it’s connected to the internet, you can use a compatible app on your smartphone to check if you remembered to lock up before you left home and see an activity log of when codes are used so you know when your kids got home at the end of the day. If someone does lose a key or forgets their code, you can grant access from your phone for one-time use or create a new code for them, all from your office, the grocery store or while sitting in traffic.

     

    If you’re thinking, “That sounds great, but I never know how to make these smart products work in my home,” never fear. The Schlage Encode deadbolt has built-in WiFi. That means there are no additional hubs or accessories necessary to gain remote access. It connects directly to your home WiFi network just as your laptop does. And because security is our business, we use the same encryption technology used in online shopping to protect your personal data.

     

    Start school with a smart combination

    When integrating with other smart home products is important to you – who doesn’t love additional features? – try the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt with Ring™ Video Doorbell 2. You can still check the status of your lock via the Schlage® Home app, but with the Ring app, you can also see live streaming video of activity on your porch, speak with guests through your phone and unlock the door for trusted visitors.

     

    The Key by Amazon app is also an exciting part of this bundle. As an Amazon Prime user, when you combine your Schlage Encode lock with Key by Amazon, you could opt in to in-home delivery and have packages left inside your front door. If you’re not in one of the select cities that offers in-home delivery or choose not to grant access, you can still use the Ring Doorbell to see when packages are delivered thanks to the camera.

     

    You can easily add both the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Video Doorbell to your home before back-to-school or at any time of year. Installation for the deadbolt requires just a screwdriver and a few minutes’ time. Plus, both devices are battery operated, so there’s no wiring and no electrician necessary.

     

    Make the grade this back-to-school season with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Video Doorbell, the simple and smart solution for securing your home and family. Learn more about this smart lock at Schlage.com or explore other options with our Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    Why Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is perfect for every family.

    August 14, 2019 9:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, August 14, 2019

    Why Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now perfect for every family

    We know that there are a lot of families that include both Android™ and Apple® users. In fact, more than a quarter of US households own at least one device on each platform.

     

    READ MORE

    Smart Locks - Android - iOS - Schlage Sense
    Coming to a decision that the whole family agrees on can be a difficult process. When your family can’t even agree on what’s for dinner, finding a phone that everyone likes is nearly impossible. We know that there are a lot of families that include both Android™ and Apple® users. In fact, more than a quarter of U.S. households own at least one device on each platform.
    Household Smartphone Device Use - Android - iOS

    What happens when you want to get a smart lock?

    Some smart locks only support one smartphone platform, so how do you choose? Does only half of the family get to have smartphone access? Who decides which family members get to use their phone and who can only use access codes?

     

    With Schlage, you don’t have to choose. All of our smart locks, including the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, is compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones so everyone receives full access. The Schlage® Home app, which works with the Schlage Sense lock as well as the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, is now available on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. That means your entire family can lock and unlock the door from their phones, no matter its platform.   

    Smart lock - Remote access - Wi-fi Adapter - Schlage Sense

    WiFi Adapter

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt provides multiple ways to access your home. It comes with a physical key, stores up to 30 access codes and uses Bluetooth to communicate with your smartphone when you’re within 40 feet of the lock. But what if you’re away from home? With the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter*, Android and iOS smartphones can control the smart lock and receive notifications of all smart lock activity. No matter where you are, you can be notified when anyone, from your children to the dog walker, accesses your home.

     

    To start, you’ll need the Schlage Home app to install the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. Then simply plug the Schlage Sense WiFi Adapter into an outlet and use the app to pair the adapter to your smart lock and connect to your WiFi network.

     

    Along with receiving notifications, the adapter allows you to lock and unlock your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt from anywhere. You can check to see if you remembered to lock your door or let someone in without having to send them an access code regardless of whether you’re at home, in the office across town or hundreds of miles away on the beach.

    Discover all the features available with the free Schlage Home app by downloading it now from the App Store or Google Play Store. To learn more about the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, or to make sure it’s the right Schlage smart lock for, try our Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    *The WiFi Adapter is not compatible with Apple HomeKit™.

     

    Smarten up for back-to-school with this HomeKit smart lock.

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

    Monday, August 12, 2019

     Smarten up for back-to-school with this HomeKit smart lock.

    Smart home technology can help you stay organized, add convenience when life gets hectic and give you peace of mind when it helps keep your family safe and healthy.

     

    READ MORE

    When schedules heat up during back-to-school season, you need everyone and everything running like clockwork. Smart home technology can help you stay organized, add convenience when life gets hectic and give you peace of mind when it helps keep your family safe and healthy. That’s why we recommend the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and HomeKit™ for that first day of school and beyond.
    Girl with backpack unlocking Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt.

    No key? No problem.

    Home security might not be at the top of your mind when you’re packing lunches and checking homework. But imagine how much simpler those things would be if you weren’t also wondering if you remembered to lock the door. Imagine the comfort you’d find if you knew that your kids were safely at home even when you’re in the office. With smart locks like the Schlage Sense deadbolt, you don’t have to just imagine anymore.

     

    Keyless convenience – whether you’re unlocking the door with the touchscreen, checking your lock’s status through your smartphone or controlling your lock with voice commands – is not only simple and convenient. It can also improve your home’s security. When you assign a unique access code to trusted individuals, including your kids, there’s no more hoping they don’t lose their spare key. Then, when they use their code to get in after school, you can receive a notification that they’ve arrived home.

     

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt also has a built-in alarm that can alert you via your smartphone, so you know if there’s a disturbance at the door when the kids are home alone. And when you set up the auto-locking feature, gone are the days of wondering if the kids locked up behind them.
     

    A smart – and secure – way to come home

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is compatible with a variety of smart home devices and systems. Pair it with the Schlage Sense™ WiFi Adapter to control access from anywhere using the Schlage® Home app. Or if you have an Apple TV® or want to use your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® to control your lock, you can opt for the HomeKit option.

     

    Whichever you choose, you get the same basic functionality in your lock. Control your lock, manage settings like auto-lock and the built-in alarm, and view access history remotely with the Schlage Home app. By pairing your Schlage Sense deadbolt with HomeKit you can also make it work in tandem with other HomeKit-enabled devices and use Siri® to lock and unlock or door.

     

    Additionally, your Schlage Sense lock with HomeKit can be part of those convenient scenes you create. For example, when you activate your “bedtime” scene that connects a range of HomeKit-compatible devices, you can simultaneously lock the door, dim the lights and turn off the television to get everyone ready for bed so they wake up refreshed for another day at school.

     

    To set up your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt with HomeKit, we recommend an Apple TV 4th generation or an iPad with iOS 10.0 or higher. (Find more details and stay up-to-date with the latest requirements at the Apple website.) If you are using an iPad as your HomeKit hub, it must remain powered on at home and connected to WiFi just as your Apple TV would be. Be sure to also set up your Apple TV or iPad with the same iCloud or iTunes account information as your iPhone.

     

    Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt plus Ring Alarm add up for a perfect score.

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

    Monday, August 5, 2019

    Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt plus Ring Alarm add up for a perfect score.

    It might seem strange to put a smart lock on your back-to-school shopping list, but when you see how it can make the first day back and beyond easier, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner.

     

    READ MORE

    No. 2 pencils, glue, notebooks, smart lock. It might seem strange to put a smart lock on your back-to-school shopping list, but when you see how it can make the first day back and beyond easier, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner. Here’s how you can make the grade with a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Ring Alarm.

    Girl with backpack unlocking Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

    Keyless convenience at their fingertips

    With the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt, and our other electronic locks, you enjoy new levels of keyless convenience without sacrificing security. That’s because you have the power to create and manage up to 30 unique access codes for trusted family and friends, including your kids, carpool moms and more.

     

    Don’t want to risk your kids losing a spare? This is your solution. They simply unlock the door at the touchscreen with their access code. And when you use a compatible app with the Schlage Connect lock, you can receive notifications when they use that code, so you always know when they get home from school. They never get locked out, and you don’t have to worry about who found the lost key or leave work early to let them in.

     

    Ring in the school year

    The Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt works with a variety of other devices in your home to added convenience and peace of mind. And because we have Schlage Connect locks that work with Zigbee and Z-Wave networks, there’s a secure solution for nearly any home.

     

    One of the newest integrations lets you pair the Z-Wave-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt with Ring Alarm. You can lock and unlock your door from anywhere, manage access codes and get those alerts we mentioned when a code is entered, all from the Ring App. The app also lets you check your lock’s battery level.

     

    Because the Schlage Connect lock and Ring Alarm work on a Z-Wave ecosystem, they can become part of a greater strategy to improve the security and safety of your home. The Ring Alarm Base Station is compatible with select carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, flood and freeze censors, and motion and contact censors. Don’t forget about voice control, either. Ring also works with Amazon Alexa, so you can simply ask Alexa if your door is locked and tell her to lock or unlock it for you.

     

    Easy installation. Simple setup.

    You don’t have to be a genius to upgrade your smart home. All you need to install your Schlage smart lock is a few minutes and a screwdriver. The lock is battery-operated, so there’s no wiring and no need to call a handyman. And synchronizing it with your Ring Alarm is simple as well. Just follow the instructions in the Ring App as it walks you through pairing your devices.

     

    Learn more about the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt or find out if this is the right lock for your home and family with the interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    5 smart back-to-school hacks.

    July 26, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 26, 2019

    Smart back to school hacks | Schlage

    Most of us could use all the help we can get when back-to-school season heats up. With the right smart home technology, you can make mornings smoother and evenings calmer.

     

    READ MORE

    Most of us could use all the help we can get when back-to-school season heats up. With the right smart home technology, you can make mornings smoother and evenings calmer. Try these five back-to-school hacks to get smart this fall.

    Get smart about … scheduling

    This is an easy one, especially if you already use Alexa or Google Assistant. Use your voice assistant to set a series of timers to help everyone get out the door on time. It’s 7 a.m.? Wake up. 7:30? Come get your breakfast. 8:15? Time to catch the bus. Look into the Echo Dot Kid’s Edition for capabilities designed especially for the kiddos.

     

    You can also create routines through your voice assistant, so one word and your smart home is seamlessly taking you through bedtime paces. “Alexa, time for bed” could dim the lights in your child’s room, turn on sleep sounds and turn off other technology that could interfere with their sleep patterns. (Keep reading for more sleep-friendly tech tips.)

    Get smart about … organization

    If you need help keeping track of schedules and making sure you know how to reach everyone in the carpool, there’s an app for that. There are actually quite a few. Choose one that lets you share calendars and contacts with the whole family. If your kids have a smartphone, set them up with apps to help homework – due-date reminders, language learning, math assistance, note-taking and even creating flashcards. And don’t forget parental control apps that limit their screen time. Check out ZDNet’s recommendations.

    Get smart about … security

    Schlage smart locks can’t improve your child’s grades, but they can do a lot of other really helpful things. When you create unique access codes for your kids, they no longer have to carry – and try not to lose – a spare key. Not only do you not have to worry about who found the spare, but you always know Bobby and Susie can get in the house when they return from school, football practice or band rehearsal. If they forget their code, you can always unlock the door from anywhere for them using a compatible app on your smartphone.

     

    Need another benefit of a smart lock for back-to-school? When your Schlage lock is connected to your home network or smart hub, you can access an activity log on your phone. You’ll be able to see who used their code and when, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing your kids made it home from school on time.

     

    Learn more about each of our smart locks – the Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt – and try the Get Help Deciding Tool to see which one is best for your family.

    Get smart about … sleep

    Science has proved that kids learn better when they get a good night’s rest and smart technology can actually help kids sleep. A Philips Hue White & Color Starter Kit adjusts light tones to aid their circadian rhythm, important for hitting all the right sleep cycles and waking up refreshed. Digital Trends suggests tech that creates white noise and sleep sounds to help your little one get to sleep faster.

    Get smart about … college

    Help your older kids be smart on campus. The easiest way to turn a dorm into a smart home, even though it’s a temporary living situation, is by installing smart plugs or power strips. You get to skip the hardwiring, but they can still control lights, music and more. A multi-port USB charger is always helpful, too. No more fighting with the roommate for valuable outlets when everyone needs to charge their phone, tablet and other tech at the same time. And if you’re worried about study distractions, gift them some noise-cancelling headphones.

     

    Back-to-school doesn’t have to be a stressful time. With smart technology, you can make it easier than geometry proofs and French verb conjugation. Find more ways to make the season a snap on the Schlage blog with our tips for creating a family command center and taking the perfect back-to-school photos.

     

    A smart home starter kit for summer.

    July 10, 2019 6:30 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, July 10, 2019

    Smart home starter kit | Schlage

    Three out of five people say that home security is the number one reason they’re exploring the latest and greatest in smart home automation. Summer is prime time to start investing in your own setup.

     

    READ MORE

    Smart speaker next to Schlage smart lock.

    Three out of five people say that home security is the number one reason they’re exploring the latest and greatest in smart home automation. Summer is prime time to start investing in your own setup. When you go on vacation, intruders are working overtime to take advantage of empty homes, with burglaries and home invasions 10% higher during summer than in other times of the year.

     

    That’s why manufacturers are developing a variety of technologies specifically designed to improve security. At the same time, they’re working together to create compatible products that deliver both convenience and savings. Here are some smart home ideas to get you started:

    Secure more than a good deal

    Taking advantage of tech starter bundles like a smart lock with a camera gives you the best of the tech that’s available. Get wireless access, remote monitoring and device control plus the ultimate in convenience and savings.

    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Amazon Cloud Cam
    Schlage Encode ™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt bundled with Amazon Cloud Cam and Key by Amazon: Lock and unlock your door from anywhere, grant access to people you trust and easily monitor and control your Schlage smart lock using the Key by Amazon app.
    Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Ring Doorbell.
    Ring Video Doorbell 2 bundled with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt: Use the Key by Amazon app to monitor who is at the door from anywhere. Control your smart lock from your phone and see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet or PC.
    Couple installing smart lock on door.
    These smart home products also work with voice assistants and smart speakers like the Amazon Echo. These products can be easily set up and installed, making for a Saturday afternoon DIY project that will continue to pay dividends all summer and for years to come.
    Kid reading in room with lamp on.

    Install smart lighting

    Nearly two-thirds of homeowners consider lighting when they’re thinking about smart home technology. Smart bulbs that can be remotely controlled and networked on timers and dimmers are convenient and energy efficient. Major manufacturers like Samsung and Phillips are lighting the way in home automation.

    Mom and children looking at tablet.

    Install a smart thermostat

    Look to companies like Ecobee, Nest, Honeywell and Bosch to put the “control” in climate control. Whether you’re automating your heating and AC, setting up individual climate zones within your home or looking to control and monitor your home temperature while you’re away, this is the ideal option for comfort and energy savings.

    Woman checking smartphone.

    Install smart locks

    We’ve already explored the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, but Schlage offers a wide selection of smart locks to meet a variety of needs. Go keyless with secure customizable keycodes. Monitor and manage who’s coming and going. And enjoy the safety, simplicity and style that Schlage offers.

    Amazon Key delivery personnel placing package inside door.

    Install smart doorbells and cameras

    Who’s at the door? Are the kids home from school? Are you expecting a delivery? No matter where you are, video doorbells and remotely monitored security cameras can help you stay in the loop with what’s happening inside and outside of your home. Products from Ring, Nest and Amazon are revolutionizing home access. And peace of mind.

    SimpliSafe security sign in front of home.

    Install smart security

    It’s important to remember that home security starts at the front door with a smart lock. Combining it with a monitored home security system can take protection to the next level. You can go with complete legacy systems like ADT or try network kits from companies like SimpliSafe or Abode. It all comes down to cost, convenience and compatibility. Learn more about which security systems are compatible with Schlage smart locks with our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    Smart TV remote.

    Install whole-home-automation

    About half of those with smart homes also use their network to control smart TVs, speaker systems and other smart products such as appliances and window shades. Products from Wink, Samsung, Google and Apple provide a number of networking options with a variety of smart home device offerings.

    Smart home security starts at the front door quote.

    The popularity of smart tech is only expected to grow as innovation fuels more and even better products. When you consider the convenience, safety, security - and fun - connected technologies can bring you, it’s easy to see why you’d want to build a smart home system. With so many compatible products specifically designed to help you take advantage of prime time summer savings, now is the perfect opportunity to start investing in your smart home.

     

    Say “hello” to better vacation rental business.

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

    Friday, July 5, 2019

    Vacation rental check in tips | Schlage

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

     

    READ MORE

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

    Your “hello” matters

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

    A welcoming – and secure – statement

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation

    June 20, 2019 10:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

    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.

     

     

    READ MORE

    ‘Tis the season for family vacations and getting away from the daily grind. If you're planning a summer vacation this year, take one more worry off your list by ensuring your home is as secure as possible. Most homes are targeted by a simple selection process. A burglar chooses a house with easy access, excellent cover and good escape routes, but they will usually bypass one that requires too much effort or poses too much risk. Here are five home security steps you should take before enjoying your relaxing retreat away from home.
    Dog sitting on suitcases before family leaves for vacation.
     

    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.

     

    Bonus tip: Leave blinds and curtains partially open so people can actually see lights turning on and off, but keep valuables out of the direct line of sight from prying eyes.

    2. Smart locks

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

     

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

    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.

     

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

    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.

     

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

    5. Look active

    Just like we mentioned with the lights and your home, giving the impression that the home is occupied is the best defense. Try some or all of these ideas for confusing thieves while you’re gone:
     

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

    • Ask the post office to hold your mail until you return or have a friend or family members pick it up for you. A pile of mail and newspapers on the front porch is a giveaway that the house is vacant.

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

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

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

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    June 18, 2019 9:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019

    How secure are electronic deadbolts and smart locks?

    Take a look at the security behind Schlage electronic and smart locks.

     

    READ MORE

    For those of us in the door hardware industry, smart locks are a no-brainer. They’ve quickly become indispensable in offices, hospitals, hotels, and many other professional locations, but many consumers are still learning about the possibilities that smart locks can offer at home. “Are they really secure?” is a question we hear frequently. Let’s take a look at the security behind Schlage smart locks.
    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt on front door.

    Residential security grading

    The first thing you should know is that a group of industry experts called the Builders Hardware Manufacturing Association (BHMA) set national standards regarding the security level, durability and finish quality of door hardware products. This helps locksmiths, building managers and other professionals ensure that they are using the right hardware in the right places, especially when they have to adhere to local building code requirements.

     

    To help homeowners make the same decisions about which hardware is best for their home, the BHMA created a set of standards specific to residential door hardware. This includes three categories - Security, Durability and Finish – with rigid criteria for testing hardware to ensure it meets either a C (good), B (better) or A (best) grade in each category. Most Schlage products receive a AAA, which means they have received the best possible grades in Security, Durability and Finish.

    Smart lock security - Residential Door Hardware Grades - Schlage

    So what does all that really mean? It means that all of our products, whether mechanical or electronic, run through all kinds of heavy-duty, intense testing procedures – including hitting it with a sledgehammer really hard. So regardless of what kind of lock you buy, you know you’ll be getting a product that has been tested against the rigorous demands of daily usage. Our Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Alarm, and Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Lever have all received a grade A in security, the best possible grade to keep your home, and everything inside it, safe.

    What about hackers?

    We’ve all heard about the neighbor’s garage door code getting hacked. The good news is that these days that story is a bit of an urban legend. Some garage door codes were compromised back when the technology was new, but major strides have been made in electronic security since then, making these types of hacks much more difficult to pull off. Basically, if you’re comfortable ordering items from Amazon, you can trust that the connection between your Schlage smart lock and your smartphone is just as secure.

     

    Besides, blunt-force attacks at your home’s entry points are much more effective than sophisticated electronic methods. The rising popularity of home security systems is putting a dent in traditional break-ins as well, however, making smart locks that integrate with home security systems an increasingly effective solution. Together, they add a layer of electronic security to your home, that allows you to keep better track of who’s coming and going, and when.

     

    Locks that add extra security without requiring a smart home or security system are also on the rise. The Schlage Encode and Schlage Sense locks are great examples. With multiple options to connect your lock to the cloud, you can receive real-time notifications and view a history of who used the lock and when. There’s also a built-in alarm that sounds when a disturbance is detected at the door or if the wrong code is entered repeatedly.

    Spare keys are a safety faux pas

    There’s an added security element to simply doing away with spare keys and using access codes instead. Codes are easier to control. If a code becomes compromised, simply delete it. There’s no need to rekey or buy new locks because a key has been lost. A lock without a cylinder, like the completely keyless Schlage Touch lock, also eliminates the possibility of picking or bumping because there’s no keyhole for intruders to manipulate.

     

    As you can see, electronic locks are a smart choice for any home. They can save time, add convenience, and make it safer and easier to share access by eliminating spare keys. Paired with the easy installation and exceptional customer service that Schlage is known for, adding one of our electronic deadbolts or smart locks to your home is an easy step toward a safer, simpler home.

     

    If you’re not sure which Schlage smart lock is right for you, try our interactive Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

x

Stay up-to-date on the latest style and design tips, trends, DIY tutorials, product updates and smart home news.