Smart Home Automations To Help Sell Your Home [Infographic]
Have you noticed all the new smart home gadgets being promoted lately?
There’s been a huge increase in all the different devices available to help automate your home and make it a “smart home”, and some are ridiculous, and others extremely useful and convenient.
What all this means for someone looking to make their home more useful, and most importantly, more marketable when looking for ways to make your home more desirable for buyers is that with a little investment you can dramatically increase your home’s perceived value.
Making your home stand out to potential buyers and leaving an impression usually requires lots of your time and money, but with smart home devices you can get an added edge to help sell your home quicker and get offers that are closer to your asking price, but with a lower cost (since smart home device prices have been coming down) and involve less backbreaking labor than the alternatives that involve construction, paint and the likes.
Smart home devices have also become much easier to install and set up, so you don’t need to be a tech genius to get them working properly.
They’re also much more user-friendly, and lots of them can event be controlled through apps on your phone or tablet, so you don’t have to add a bunch of remotes to control everything, which just causes more frustration since those additional remotes always seem to get misplaced.
Here’s an infographic that gives you an overview of the latest smart home devices, along with some useful data and statistics.
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Two main reasons driving the adoption of smart home technology:
- Family Safety
To take advantage of these two motivations to help with selling your home quicker here are some simple smart home automations you can easily add to your home without a large investment.
Smart Home Automations That Save Time & Money
Light bulbs are probably not the first thing that come to mind when thinking about home automation, but having the ability to control the lights from your phone (no matter where you are) is a huge convenience. There’s also the option for automatic scheduling to fit your daily routine, this feature can also be used for security when you’re out.
And don’t forget personalization which can be achieved by being able to dim the lights, or change the color of your lights, this feature really comes in handy when you have an unexpected showing of your home and need to turn all the lights on before the buyers arrive to make a positive first impression.
Something as simple as a smart thermostat can provide energy savings of 20-30%, lower costs are definitely something conscious home buyers pay attention to.
The newest feature that these thermostats have is that they now include a motion sensor that detects when you are home to automatically learn your schedule and also adjusts automatically if you have an unplanned business meeting or you’re away on vacation, no need cooling or heating your home too much when you’re not in.
Customizable and portable, no need to invest thousand of dollars in an rigid home surround sound system anymore, or install outdoor speakers. Now with speakers you can get all the benefits for less cost and have lots of flexibility. You can take the WiFi speakers outside or move them around a room until you achieve the perfect sound you’re looking for.
You’ve all seen these and they’re funny to look at, but when you put one to use and see how it can save you hours of time, and also let your house be cleaner (especially when you have multiple showings a day) you’ll quickly realize how valuable these smart vacuums are.
With a programmable robotic vacuum doing the cleaning for you, you can focus on more important things.
They are also extremely compact, which saves on valuable storage space.
Useful for preheating the oven when rushing home, and need to hurry to make dinner. Arrive and just pop your dinner in the oven, without having to wait for your oven to reach the right temperature.
They can also be used to check if you left the stove or oven on while you’re away, which is priceless if you left in the hurry and you aren’t sure.
A smart smoke detector that is part of a fully integrated smart home is always safer, smarter and more efficient than a standalone fire/smoke detector, particularly when it comes to taking action in an emergency, this is extremely valuable if you’re selling a home and your prospective buyers have families.
FRONT DOOR LOCKS
A smart lock is arguably the most important part of a truly smart, connected home. Not only will it allow you to come and go as you please, it will also monitor who is entering and leaving your home while you’re away.
You don’t have to be fully invested in home automation for a smart garage door opener to be useful – it’s a simple, entry-level item that can make your life easier.
Especially considering 71% of American homeowners use the garage door as the main entry point to the home, and being able to open and close it remotely is very convenient.
Some models can even be integrated with other phone apps to open or close your garage door when you’re coming or going home by using the location of your phone.
26% of Americans use video doorbells to see who’s at their front door (even when they aren’t home, for added security).
How Smart Home Automations Help With Your Goal Of Selling!
These are just a few of the great things that can be achieved with some of the more useful and popular smart home devices. When prospective buyers see any of these convenient and useful devices already set up in your home it’s sure to leave an impression on them and help your house stand out because it’s the home they can see themselves in.
It has even more of a “wow factor” because there’s still a huge part of the population that has never really used or seriously considered these options because they seem out-of-reach. So by introducing them to these ideas through your home, it’s more likely that it’ll quickly turn into a home for one of your prospective buyers.