Have you ever wondered just what you could do to increase the value of your home in case you ever want to list it for sale? While some homeowners look at cosmetics such as curb appeal or repainting the inside or outside of their homes, others look at upgrading things like appliances to add value to their homes. Whether you are currently looking to sell your home or just want to keep it updated ‘in case,’ did you ever stop to think that smart technology just might be a key selling point? Check out these four smart updates and you’ll not only make life easier and safer for you and your family, but you will also be adding value to your home.
1. Smart Smoke Detectors
Here’s something to consider. Not only can smart smoke detectors keep your family safer in the event of a fire and add value to your home, but did you know that you can save as much as 5% of your insurance premiums after installing them? You can save money now, protect your family, and also make more money upon the sale of your home at a later date.
2. Smart Security Systems & Alarms
Smart security systems are the ultimate in home security and if you haven’t done so already, it’s time you began looking at all your options. From smart CCTV security systems to smart driveway alarms, you can let technology handle literally every aspect of safety. There are even driveway alarms that not only turn lights on when a car enters your driveway but even alert you via mobile communication if cars pull in. This is one of the newer smart technologies on the market and when it comes to avoiding burglary or home invasion, every property should have one. There’s nothing like that extra layer of security!
3. Smart Thermostats
Way back in the middle part of the last century, people were in awe of programmable thermostats which could be set to turn HVAC systems on and off based on hours of usage. For example, they could be programmed to turn off while the family was away at work or school and to turn back on again just before everyone was due to arrive back again in the evening or afternoon. Did you know that technology has advanced to such a state that thermostats can now sense whether anyone is in the home and turn the system on or off for you? How amazing is that!
4. Smart Lawn Sprinklers
What about those long, hot days when you are away for extended periods of time? There are now smart controls for your lawn sprinklers that can detect such things as the amount of humidity and the temperature so that sprinklers can literally turn themselves on or off. While you can program a sprinkler system to turn on at certain times of the day or night, a smart control can keep the system from starting during a summer rainstorm and can keep those sprinklers on for extended periods of time when the grounds simply aren’t yet saturated enough for healthy plants.
It’s amazing just how far technology has come. Homeowners can now rely on technology to take much of the work and worry off their shoulders so that they have more time to enjoy the life they’ve worked so hard to build. Whether you are planning to sell your house in the near future or are updating for the potential it has for a future sale, take the time to investigate just what technology can do for you.
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