Are you looking to sell your home? Or have you had your home on the market for a while with no buyers? Here are a couple of good upgrades you can do to your home to give it an edge over other homes for sell in the area.
Keyless/remote entry door locks
Have you ever left the house and worried that you left the front door unlocked? If your home is equipped with a keyless/remote entry door lock, you can use an app on your smartphone to lock the door from wherever you are. Some manufacturers make versions that will also send a text or email to your phone when the door opens. Locks that can be programmed with multiple entry codes also allow you to see who comes and goes and when. This also helps realtors for showing the home easily especially if this home is not a primary residence, like investment vacation homes.
From lighting automation that allows you to control lights remotely and wirelessly, to energy-efficient LED bulbs that can change color to match your mood and decor, lighting has come a long way. Some smart lights that are integrated with automation systems will allow you to turn them on or off, or even dim them, from an app on a smartphone or tablet. You can also put some smart bulbs on timers that sync them with certain TV shows or movies, and integrate them with security cameras and thermostats.
It’s an era that everything and I mean everything is hooked up to the internet. This includes a growing list of smart appliances. Many brands are offering washers, dryers, refrigerators and other home appliances that can communicate with you wirelessly. Many can be controlled remotely from your smartphone — so if you leave the house and can’t remember if you turned off the stove, you can check in and turn it off using your smartphone app.
While appliances aren’t always included in a home sale, they do make for interesting features that keep your home top of mind to buyers. And gives you a little bit of an edge to entice a deal!
Programmable thermostats were just the beginning; today’s home temperature controls are even smarter. Like other smart home features, smart thermostats can be controlled remotely from your mobile device. You can program them to make automatic temperature adjustments and then use your smartphone to override the program like turning up the heat on a particularly cold day. Some smart thermostats learn from household behavior and adjust the temperature to meet your family’s needs and save energy, while others adjust based on the number of people in a room. And several can now be operated via voice-controlled virtual assistants.