Want to upgrade your home in 2021? Whether you're thinking about buying, selling, or staying put, adding some smart home features is a great idea! Our real estate agents are always talking to potential buyers who are interested in homes with smart upgrades, making this an excellent investment. It's also easy to get started! Follow these simple tips and you'll have your upgrades done in no time.
- Consider Your Unique Needs
The right smart home upgrades for you will depend on your unique needs, lifestyle, and personal preferences. For example, if you work from home, a smart doorbell might be a great idea. This will allow you to see who's at the door so you can decide whether to open it or not. On the other hand, if you spend most of your days away from home, then devices like smart locks, a smart garage door opener, and a programmable thermostat might earn top spots on your wish list.
- Set (and Stick to) a Budget
There are so many options available, it's easy to go crazy when it comes to spending on smart devices. Before you start your project, think about how much you can realistically spend. Once you've set your budget, commit to it. While smart upgrades are wonderful, the last thing you want to do is put yourself into debt because you got overly excited.
If you're thinking about selling your home, you also don't want to spend a fortune on smart upgrades that the new buyer might not want. Instead, focus on simple upgrades like lighting, locks, and doorbell. If you're not sure whether a smart upgrade is a good idea, talk to your real estate agent before you make the investment.
- Choose Compatible Devices
Smart home devices are constantly evolving and new options are coming onto the market all the time. However, it's important to make sure that each device you buy is compatible with the ones you already have. Otherwise, you'll find that some items won't work, or you'll need to change the entire setup. You can usually avoid this by sticking with devices that are from the same brand. It's best to start by choosing the hub you'll use, then confirming that each device you're considering is compatible with it.
- Do Your Research
Reading reviews is one of the best ways to ensure you're purchasing products that will work the way you expect them to. Before you commit to a certain system, make sure you do your research. While this will take some time upfront, it will pay off in the long run. Repeat this process for each device you're considering adding to your system.
- Explore the Most Popular Options
While you want to choose devices that meet your individual needs, it's also a good idea to explore the many options available to you. You might find something you can't live without that you previously didn't even know existed!
One of the most popular smart home devices is a home assistant or speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Nest Audio. Other popular options include smart lightbulbs, thermostats, doorbells, door locks, garage door openers, security cameras, and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.
If you're planning to stay in your home, you might consider even more upgrades to make your life easier. This includes devices like Robot vacuum cleaners, smart blinds, and shades, sprinkler controllers, refrigerators, trash cans, or even a smart robot lawnmower!
Are you thinking about buying or selling a home this year? Finding a real estate agent you can trust is one of the smartest moves you can make. The pros at Laffey Real Estate are here to help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started.