Thursday, August 15, 2019 / by Ashley Lay
Although your home may have new fixtures and refinished hardwoods, it may still be “dated”. The “smart house” isn’t just a 90’s Disney movie anymore…
According to FortuneBuilders.com, smart home technology is a real estate trend you can’t ignore. The largest group of potential homeowners on the market are millenials, and 72% percent of them are now willing to spend an additional $1,500+ on smart features.
So when is your home considered “smart”? Essentially, a smart home has virtual connections between everything from lightbulbs to cameras to door locks to thermostats, usually all controllable from a smartphone or even watch, and this technology acts automatically on your behalf to create efficiency and ease of use in your daily routine. Even coffee makers can be “smart”!
Upgrading to smart technology may sound daunting and expensive, but you can start simple: an Amazon or Google voice-activated speaker costs less than $40 and has the ability to control several other smart devices you can add at a later date.
Smart thermostats increase your HVAC’s efficiency and save money in the long-run (this one even has a built-in Amazon Alexa speaker!). Smart cameras and locks give you peace of mind when you’re away from home. And smart kitchen appliances can even make your morning coffee before your feet hit the floor!
Smart features can help your home stand out to buyers if you’re trying to sell–techy millennials love to see a touch-screen thermostat or smart electrical outlets on your walls! But like it or not, we live in a high-tech world. Upgrading your home with smart technology not only increases its value, but makes your busy life a little easier and less stressful!
With over a decade of experience with buyers and sellers in the Triad area, and ranked in the top 1/2 of 1% of agent in production among Triad Realtors, Ashley Lay Real Estate is your go-to source for all things real estate.