Smart home technology is all the rage, and while not everyone needs these additions many buyers will go the extra mile to purchase an already equipped home. You don’t need to install voice-activated light switches to help push your home over the edge, but there are a few updates you can make to bring your home into the 21st century.
No one wants to be fumbling with keys while balancing bags of groceries and a purse. Keyless entry is one of the newest trends. From keypad locks that let you in with a code to wifi connected locks that unlock when your phone is in close proximity, you have options. A smart lock will not only impress buyers but can make it easier to show your house, eliminating the need for a lockbox.
Wifi enabled locks have an added bonus. They allow you to ensure you locked your front door after you’ve left. You will always know your home is locked up and secure.
Have you ever wished you could preheat the oven before you even get home for the most efficient frozen pizza dinner you’ve ever seen? New technology is making all this possible. You can install connected appliances you can control from your phone. Talk about smart. Focus on kitchen appliances, specifically the oven, to sway buyers over the most. Other available appliances are washers, dryers and refrigerators. If you are planning on taking your appliances with you and not including them as part of the sale, this step won’t be worth your time.
Energy saving plugs
Cut down your energy bill with energy saving plugs. This is a simple upgrade for your house and can be a big selling point when you list it. You can take the simple route and install plugs designed to shut down the flow of electricity when your devices aren’t in use, or you can choose to install wireless connected outlets. This will allow you to turn anything on or off from your phone.
A programmable thermostat is old news, but a connected thermostat is just starting to grow legs. This device allows you to control the temperature while you’re on the go, or to set automatic temperature adjustments, such as turning the heat on before you get home. Buyers will recognize these controls and will be excited to know it’s part of the home.
Everyone has at least one, probably more, devices that need a USB plug to charge. You can purchase and install standard outlets fitted with USB plugs. Select prime locations, such as next to where a bed will go or by the couch, even in the kitchen, and install a few USB outlets. Buyers will be excited to know they won’t have to stress about losing their phone chargers in the hurry of a move. This small project can go a long way.
It’s easy to give your home these small updates, and buyers will love them!