Smart tech has exploded over the past several years, with advances in voice recognition and response on levels that can easily amaze just about any consumer. Although you can link just about any system in your home to smart tech systems, it’s also possible to pick just the tools and gadgets that fit your needs. As a Realtor with over 25 years of experience staging, presenting and selling homes, I’ve seen technology advance and shift to become more consumer-friendly, and I can share that buyers are looking for features that “pop” and create a “wow” factor… and smart tech delivers.
My Smart Home Picks
Here are just a few options that I recommend to get you started thinking about what tech might be best to enhance your home. Think of this as a taste of what’s available on the market. Want to explore more or learn more about how adding small features can have big impacts on your property’s perceived market value and daily living experience? Then get in touch with me at 336-575-7249 and let’s discuss how smart tech can be a good choice for you and your family.
A voice-activated device that you utilize in controlling both your other smart home devices and internet-based features. You may have seen commercials where owners ask “Alexa” questions and receive verbal or action-oriented (lights turning on/off, thermostat adjustments, etc.) responses. Amazon technology and programming offers one of the most intuitively natural experiences of any device on the market.
Although costly, these bulbs can be connected to other smart technologies and offer safety lighting that goes above and beyond what you might expect. The bulbs learn your lighting patterns and can mimic habits when you are away from home, they continue to work in power outages, and can even automatically activate when they hear a doorbell or house alarm. Just a few of these bulbs go a long way to increase the security of your home.
Ecobee4: Smart Thermostats
Some other learning thermostats may have more marketing dollars behind them, but for the dollars, the Ecobee4 offers the biggest bang for your buck. If you are considering the Amazon Echo, this thermostat even has an integrated Alexa speaker (meaning you extend your reach of voice in your home by adding another device that can hear your commands). Like most thermostats in this category, this one learns your habits and needs and actively works to adjust your living environment in a way that leaves you to focus on more important things while you save money on energy costs and comfort.
SkyBell Wi-Fi Video Doorbell
Most smart tech devices are designed to either enhance your living environment or safety. This nifty doorbell does a little of both. Allowing you to patch into your doorbell from your smartphone or computer, you can easily see who is at your door, no matter where you are located, and can respond actively. You can also set the doorbell to take photos when it is rung or when movement happens within a certain range of the door, increasing the security of the entry points of your home.
Want to Learn More About Smart Homes?
These are just four of the amazing devices available for reasonable prices. You can learn more about how smart homes work, what you might want to consider when going smart and the best products by category to consider purchasing. Smart technologies provide a great and affordable way to enhance your home and properties in ways that were not possible just a few short years ago.