Make Your House a Smart House in 5 Easy Steps
If you’re a homeowner, you know there are always new gadgets on the market that are designed to make your home safer. There are also technological advances for your home that can help you create gourmet meals or keep your home at a comfortable temperature, regardless of the outside weather.
Having a “smart house” is of increasing importance to those who are looking to buy or sell their homes. According to HGTV, 46% of consumers stated that having a smart home is a priority. More than half of polled consumers asserted that they would consider making technological adjustments to their home, so it would be more appealing to potential buyers.
Here are five simple ways you can make your home particularly attractive for your family or for those who will buy your home in the future.
Step 1) Smart Thermostats
The newer thermostats on the market are much easier to program than previous models. The Wi-Fi Thermostat from Honeywell allows you to control the temperature of your home using your laptop or wireless device, and the Nest Learning Thermostat records your temperature preferences over time as you control the thermostat with your cell phone. This feature can definitely make your home more attractive if you’re putting it on the market.
Step 2) Upgraded Smoke Detectors
Another device in your smart house could be the updated smoke detector. Nest created a smoke and carbon monoxide detector, and Birdi is expected to come out with a similar device soon. The Nest detector will send a message to your cell phone, and the Birdi device will detect your home’s air quality, while checking for dust and humidity.
Step 3) Webcams
The Dropcam is becoming a staple for a smart house. The camera allows you to talk with other people in the home when you’re not there. The device also detects motion in and around your home, which is especially important for people who want to take extra security measures to ensure their children or elderly family members are safe. Dropcam also has a playback feature that allows you to play the footage back, so you can make sure your home is intact when you’re away on vacation. However, it’s important to make sure you talk to a technology professional before using the camera to ensure that hackers can’t access the footage.
Step 4) Smart Appliances
You probably already know there are stereo systems and televisions that you can control from your cell phone. To enhance your smart house, you may want to consider getting the Smart ThinkQ washer and dryer from LG, so you can control your laundry settings from your phone. There’s even an iGrill, which is a digital thermometer you can use to ensure you’ve cooked your steaks to their desired temperature. You’ll get an alert on your cell phone when dinner’s ready.
Step 5) Smart Watches
70% of millennials shared that it’s important that their home technology is integrated with their smartphones according to a survey conducted by ERA and HGTV. The Apple Watch and other products that are arriving on the market can assist you in making a room in your home warmer or cooler and can help you control other aspects of your home as well.
If you’re looking to sell, these “smart house” advancements could get help get your home off the market, fast.
What’s your favorite smart home device? Let me know in the comments below.