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Smart Home Tech That Will Up Your Home’s Value

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January 30, 2019

When most people think about adding value to their home, big-ticket renos often come to mind. And while, yes, a newly renovated kitchen or bathroom can get you more coin, there are other, more cost-effective ways to increase the value.

Smart technology for the home is becoming increasingly popular. Not everyone would think to buy these gadgets for themselves, but would be willing to pay a bit more for a house if they were included.

So, what home tech should you invest in? Check these out:

Automatic lights

A smart lighting system — with LED bulbs — can be an attractive selling feature. Not only are the LEDs themselves energy-efficient, but you can also save even more by programming them using a smart device.

You can set the lights to come on when a motion sensor detects a person in the room. They can also be turned on and off through the app on the smart device. This is a convenience item that people might not want to say no to.

Lock and security

As more and more homeowners seek safety and security when it comes to their homes, it makes sense that a smart locking system and security features would be sought-after perks. Smart locks give you many keyless options, including a door keypad and the ability to unlock the door remotely. If you need to let in a guest while you are out, you can do so.

For added security, add a smart doorbell that doubles as a security system, as it has a camera that will show you who’s at the door. This is a great way to ensure packages are safely dropped off on your porch.

Smart smoke/CO detectors

While traditional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are often triggered by non-threatening events, such as cooking, smart alarms can provide you with much more information. With these devices, you can learn the source of the smoke, fire or poisonous gas in real time, so that you can evacuate or deal with the issue right away. You’ll know if the threat is real or a false alarm faster, allowing you to make good decisions for you and your family. This will be a nice feature for a new buyer as well.

Built-in speakers

People who love music and entertaining will appreciate a built-in speaker system with smart capabilities. Now that millennials have entered the real estate market, smart entertainment systems will be real deal breakers! Many young buyers stream music through their smartphones as it is, so why not make it easier to amplify these carefully curated playlists?

You could jam to some tunes while cooking, or chill out while doing yoga, all through smart built-in speakers throughout the home.

Sprinkler systems

Manage your water consumption during the hot summer months while still ensuring your lawns and gardens get a good drink. You can control the sprinklers from home, or remotely. This way you won’t waste water — which will reflect on your bill! It’s not only convenient but also will save you money in the long run.

Smart thermostat

This is probably the most well-known piece of smart home tech. Home comfort is so important — especially for Canadian homeowners. The struggle is always to keep the house warm in winter and cool in summer without racking up astronomical energy bills. Buying a house is already a huge expense, so buyers will appreciate cost-saving technology.

Blinds

In addition to the thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature through nature, as well. The sun (or lack thereof) can affect your interior temperatures. This is why, during the winter months, having your curtains/blinds open during the day when it’s sunny is important, as well as closing them at night or when it’s cold and gloomy. If you’re not home but you know it’s sunny out, you can remotely open the blinds to let the sun in. It will help warm up your home without your furnace working too hard.

This is a very cost-effective way to ensure your personal comfort! Buyers will love this feature too.

By investing in smart home technology, you’re making life easier for yourself while also sweetening the deal when it comes to selling.

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