5 Technologies That Make Your Home Easier to Sell
In 2019, it’s not enough for your home to be beautiful in order to sell it quickly and at a good price. Installing some smart technology ensures that you’re bringing your home into the new generation. That will help it appeal to potential buyers. Especially those who are looking for the most modern of dwellings, with all the luxuries that technology offers. A whopping 40% of realtors estimate that smart houses sell faster.
There are all kinds of devices and technologies you can install to increase the value and interest in your home. From smart locks to smart thermostats and even smart sprinklers, a few investments in home technology can produce long-term profit. That goes for real savings you see on everyday bills, but also for the increase in selling price.
- Smart Door Locks
Security is surely at the forefront of everyone’s minds when it comes to buying a home. Luckily, homeowners are no longer bound to basic security measures such as simple locks, gates, and spare keys hidden under suspicious-looking plastic rocks.
Smart door locks and cameras are here to bring the security of the future. Ring, Nest, and other similar companies produce smart locks that allow you to control your home security system via your smart phone. No matter where you are, you are able to lock and unlock your doors using your phone.
The system notifies you whenever there is movement recorded on your property. In addition, it enables you to see and/or communicate with the person in question via the cameras/sound system. So, whether it’s a delivery man, unannounced visitor, or even an intruder, you will be the first to know.
That gives you a tremendous amount of control and freedom. There is no longer any danger of losing your key and getting locked outside your home. Plus, you don’t have to leave a spare key anywhere or give it to a friend or relative to water your plants or feed your dog.
A lot of people will appreciate the ultimate control that gives them over the security of their home. And they will pay extra for it.
- Smart Thermostat
Probably one of the biggest fights that occur in a household, other than the fight over the remote, is the fight over the thermostat. Either it’s too hot, too cold, or too difficult to program. That’s where smart thermostats come in. A smart thermostat enables you to pick the optimum temperature for your home, or even for specific rooms in your home, at specific times, specific temperatures, etc.
They are not only much easier to control, but you can actually control them remotely. Like all smart technologies, smart thermostats work via your smart phone. That means that you never have to come back to a freezing home again. You won’t accidentally leave the heating on while you’re on vacation, either.
Nest is a great contender in this area of smart home technology, as well. But there are other options, if you prefer to shop around. While the initial upfront investment is not necessarily small, it is reported that smart thermostats can save around $130 to $170 per year. That’s a nice, attractive feature for a potential buyer.
- Smart speakers
We can’t leave out smart speakers; people are going nuts for them. They’re extremely popular devices that give your home a vaguely futuristic feel. You’ve got a robot talking to you – that’s pretty cool. And more importantly, it’s a feature that buyers will pay top dollar for.
Amazon Echo is probably your best bet in this category. While a lot of people already have it, a house that is set up with Amazon Echo is bound to generate a lot of interest. Especially compared to houses that aren’t smart-equipped.
A device like this allows you to talk to Alexa from anywhere in the house, control the volume for any music you play, or search for things online, etc. via voice command. It’s the closest you’ll get to having an assistant or live-in help, and the investment is worth it.
- Smart appliances
You may think that smart appliances are a tad self-indulgent, but the truth is that is what buyers are looking for these days. Especially when it comes to the kitchen and bathroom, people want their lives to be made easier via appliances. The most popular such appliances tend to be smart fridges and smart washing machines.
Samsung and LG have put out refrigerators that have touch screens and cameras. That way, you can check what food you’ve got even when you’re away from home. That’s a feature that really comes in handy when you’re out shopping and forgot to make a grocery list.
Smart washing machines don’t just have snazzy touch screens; they can also automatically detect how dirty your clothes are. That enables them to select the ideal program for them for optimum efficiency and water usage.
- Smart sprinkler system
If you live in a house in the suburbs, your lawn is probably your pride and joy. You want to keep it green, healthy, and luscious for as long as possible. But in the summer, especially during heatwaves, it can prove to be quite difficult. You come to rely on your sprinkler system, so it’s crucial that you have an efficient one.
A smart sprinkler system is the logical solution to the problem, particularly in dry climates. It can be easily programmed to turn on and off at different times and depending on weather, seasons, etc. All you need is an app and the ideal amount of water for your lawn is a tap away. That means that your lawn never has to dry out again. You won’t overwater it, either.
It’s a shame when you’ve got a gorgeous property that is let down by its front lawn or garden. A smart sprinkler system enables you to give your home the luscious surroundings it deserves. Think of it as a spruce to get it ready to sell. In addition, systems like this save water and money, which is definitely a bonus for buyers.
What’s the bottom line?
Smart technology for the home is definitely the bright future we’re heading towards. Each and every one of these smart devices will make your life easier. But they will also add some much-needed value to your home. Potential buyers are more likely to be swayed if your home offers some of these state-of-the-art developments in terms of home technology.
Whether it’s smart appliances like a fridge or washing machine, a smart security system, a smart sprinkler system, or other devices, they can make the difference in terms of price or marketability.