5 easy ways to add smart house technology into your home
By now, every homeowner should know about the importance of integrating smart house technology into their home. I’ve blogged about the topic several times including this one that answers the question, “Is a Smart Home a Smart Investment?” The answer is yes, especially if you plan on selling your home anytime soon.
Homebuyers are specifically looking for homes outfitted with the latest smart house technology. In fact, 75% are looking for a house with a smart thermostat, 75% look for smart smoke detectors, 66% have smart home security cameras on their list of must-haves, and 63% say they want smart locks in their new home.
“The stock advice for homeowners putting a house on the market used to go like this: Give the exterior, or the front door, a fresh coat of paint; tame unruly shrubs; and swap out a few light fixtures. But today’s homebuyers are expecting a little more,” says Consumer Reports.
Here’s a sampling of what today’s homebuyer wants in the way of smart house technology:
- Smart thermostats
Installing a smart thermostat is a great way to begin. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a tech wizard to control the temperature in your home. These devices are extremely easy to use. Plus, if you have a smart assistant, your smart thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature as soon as it learns your preferences and behaviors.
- Smart door locks
When it comes to smart door locks, consumers have many choices. With these devices, homeowners no longer need to use a key to get into their house. Instead, the door locks are replaced with a keypad and code. Consumer Reports suggests this August Smart Lock that communicates with your smartphone through your Bluetooth.
- Video doorbell
The video doorbell connects to your Wi-Fi network. This simple smart technology will do more than let you know when your friends have arrived. The built-in microphones and cameras enhance your home security, too.
- Smart smoke detectors
Faulty or missing smoke detectors are responsible for 2/3 of home fire deaths. These fatalities could be avoided with Birdi and or Nest Protect monitors that not only wake you up when they detect smoke, but will also alert you if carbon dioxide is leaking.
- Smart irrigation system
The next level in automatic sprinkler systems is the SkyDrop: Smart Irrigation System Controller. You can control the system from an app on your smartphone. The system will also adjust itself based on your local weather.
That’s not all. With smart house technology, you can also install smart lighting, smart speakers, smart outdoor security cameras, even create a smart kitchen. Now the only thing missing is your new home in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities that you can outfit with the latest smart house technology. The next step is to call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com so I can find you a new home in the area. I can also sell your home!