As millennials begin to buy homes on the market, the features that increase the value of a house are changing. The new generation of homebuyers have been increasingly attracted to “smart homes”. Smart homes have technologically advanced features that make them more efficient, progressive and an overall step towards the future of housing. 65% of baby-boomers and 86% of millennials are willing to spend more money on homes with smart features. Because of this movement, the more technologically advanced your home is, the more you should be able to sell it for on the market.
Many people will start the process of making their home a smart one with the purchase of a smart speaker. With voice command, you can search playlists, make calls, listen to books and much more. These speakers can be portable or stationary and are extremely versatile in all they can do.
The smart thermostat has gained popularity and attention in recent months as temperatures begin to rise. With this device, you can change the temperature of your home from your smart phone. The thermostat can be programmed to follow your schedule and habits so it can save you energy and therefore money! You can even target specific rooms with certain temperatures so if you like it freezing when you sleep but your kids like it a little warmer, no problem! Some smart thermostats to look into are the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ecobee3.
Another way to save energy and cut your bill by up to 60% is to install smart lighting in your home. Similar to the thermostat, you can control the lights of your home from an app on your phone. You can also install sensors that turn lights on when motion is detected, ensuring the most efficient use of electricity in your home.
Smart Security System
Never forget to lock your house again with a smart security system. You can monitor your home through a 24/7 live feed directly on your phone or ipad. You can also program your device to send sound alerts, detect motion and conduct two-way audio in some cases. Some of the best smart security systems are the Nest Cam or Piper nv.
Smart Home Hub
Once you’ve acquired multiple of these tech gadgets, you’ll want to have a central control to keep track of them all. A hub can control all of your smart accessories from one spot, usually in the form of an app on your phone. It connects all of your devices and controls all communications between them. For example, with the Hub you’ll be able to program your porch light to come on and garage to open when you’re five minutes from your house. Some of the most popular Smart Home Hubs are the Amazon Echo Dot, Samsung Smartthings and Google Home.
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