Over the past few years, smart technology has become more accessible and affordable. The “internet of things” is a commonly used phrase now. Not only can smart upgrades make your home more convenient and efficient, but they’ll also make it much more attractive to potential buyers in the future. Smart homes are definitely the trend and I believe they are not going anywhere besides up. Having technology in the home not only increases the value but it also can entice potential buyers.
Here are a few Smart Home item to consider adding to your next property:
Programmable thermostats have been around for a long time (at least since the 1950s), but the problem is that most of the standard clock-type thermostats are confusing to figure out and difficult to use. The newer, smart thermostats take all of the guesswork – in fact, most of the thinking – out of the process, since they can sense whether you are at home or away and adjust your home’s temperature controls accordingly. One of the most popular smart thermostats is the Nest, which currently costs $249 but projects an average savings of around $173 per year.
According to Energy Star, the cost of lighting your home amounts to about 12% of your home’s annual energy bill, or around $264 per year. While that may not seem like a lot, every little bit adds up and smart technology can help you make a “brighter” choice. Smart lighting dimmer and sensor systems can allow you to easily turn lights on and off via your smart phone, and they can also be customized to perform certain actions like slowly growing brighter as you wake up or switching off automatically whenever you leave home. Smart outdoor lighting can also help increase security around your place, serving as a motion detector and also making it safer for you to venture out into your well-lit yard at night. While your energy savings will vary with usage, Lutron lighting systems projects an annual savings of 60% with the installation of a combined dimmer/sensor system.
Smart Door Locks
With a smart door lock, you need never fumble in your pocket for a key again, nor will you have to resort to hiding a spare in a fake plastic rock. Instead, these Wifi and/or Bluetooth-enabled devices can, thanks to your smart phone, automatically detect when you arrive home and unlock the door as soon as you’re standing outside. What’s more, you can also program them to allow access to selected guests such as family members, friends, and real estate agents. In fact, one such device, the $249.99 August Smart Lock, even has one feature which could be of particular use to home sellers – a Guestbook function, which allows you to send a message through the app to any potential visitors or real estate agents with advice or instructions for showing your home. This function works both ways, so your Realtor® can also leave feedback for you in return.