One of the hottest trends in real estate is smart home technology. This technology allows you to remotely access, monitor, and control smart devices in your home from your smartphone or tablet. These smart devices can be anything from garage door openers to thermostats. A house is considered to be a smart home when it contains enough devices to form a network.
In the past few years, home buyers have started to show a preference for smart homes. A recent survey of the nation’s top 3,000 real estate agents and brokers found that 78% felt buyers are willing to pay more if a home included smart devices. This is in part due to the fact that millennials and Gen Yers make up the largest percentage of home buyers. These technology-savvy groups are comfortable using technology in their homes.
Integrating Smart Devices into Your Home
Creating a smart home doesn’t have to be complex. There are some affordable and easy-to-use smart devices on the market that make it fun and easy to create a smart home.
- Smart Plug: One of the simplest smart devices is a smart plug. These plugs allow you to control devices such as a lamp, coffee pot, or crock pot from your smartphone.
- Smart Lock: Gone are the days of locking yourself out of the house. A smart lock allows you to unlock and lock your door remotely from your smartphone. Some of these devices even attach to an existing deadbolt so you can still access your home with your keys.
- Smart Thermostat: These thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home remotely.
- Smart Security Cameras: Whether indoors or outdoors, smart security cameras allow you to have peace of mind by providing 24/7 access to what happens at your home.
Have you installed any smart devices in your home or sold a smart home recently? Leave a comment below or contact me and tell me about your experience!