How to give your home a tech makeover

Household 4 min read

Did you know that homebuyers are more interested in buying homes with technology upgrades?

Over 32% of Americans already have some form of smart entertainment or smart security in their home, and the numbers continue to increase each year, according to the 2018 Coldwell Banker Real Estate Smart Home Marketplace Survey. Therefore, if you add some tech updates to your home, potential buyers will be able to better visualize themselves in your house.

A home tech makeover can not only help you make your home more attractive to buyers but also help you simplify your life. From smart energy-saving devices to security measures, your home will be more sophisticated, safe, and attractive to buyers in the future. That said, here are some of the best tech upgrades for your home.

Use smart lightbulbs to brighten your space

Using smart lightbulbs around your home allows you to control your lighting, conserve energy, and enhance the security of your house. A smart lightbulb is an LED light that’s designed to outlast many traditional bulbs. Smart lights use CFL or LED bulbs that can reduce your energy usage by up to 90% if they’re Energy Star-certified. Smart bulbs can also be controlled or customized remotely through voice-controlled technology such as Alexa or Google Assistant.

Smart lightbulbs connect to your internet through your Wi-Fi network or another Bluetooth-enabled device. This connectivity allows you to control your lighting through a smartphone app.

In addition to the easy use and energy efficiency of smart lightbulbs, they can also help you increase the security around your home. Many smart lighting options have motion detectors that can turn lights on and off if there’s a presence in the room. They can also send alerts directly to your phone when motion is detected inside or outside your abode.

While smart light prices vary, you can generally find a starter kit for under $100. Each additional lightbulb may cost between $12 to $15.

Increase security measures with a video doorbell

Another tech update for your home you may want to consider is a video doorbell. A video doorbell can help enhance the security of your home. Most video doorbells send alerts when they detect motion or someone rings your doorbell. Once the doorbell detects motion, it saves a video clip of the activity to the cloud.

Additionally, video doorbells allow homeowners to answer the door without coming face-to-face with anyone. You can see if a package is delivered, a friend is visiting, or an undesirable party like a thief is at your front door right from your smartphone.

Generally, video doorbells are easy to install. You can install them in place of your original doorbell or attach them to the wall outside your front door. You can expect to pay anywhere from $75 to a couple hundred dollars depending on the make and model of the device you select.

Swap out your old thermostat to save money

While a thermostat might be a basic home feature, it can have a big impact on the energy consumption of your home. The biggest advantage of a smart thermostat is that it can adapt to your living patterns and heat or cool your home according to when you’re home and when you’re away. This could save you a lot of money on your energy bill over time. Like other tech upgrades to your home, a smart thermostat connects to your Wi-Fi and lets you program the temperature of your home right from your smartphone.

According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% on your heating bill by turning your thermostat down 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day. Therefore, you can set your smart thermostat to do just that. You don’t have to give it a second thought.

You can generally purchase a smart thermostat for under $200 and installation typically costs between $112 and $249.

Add a smart lock to ease entry into your home

If you’re constantly losing your keys or you get them stuck in the door, a smart lock lets you enter your home with ease. From remote access to voice control features, smart locks can add convenience to your life.

When you connect a smart lock to your home Wi-Fi, you can control your lock remotely. This means that if you forget to lock the door or need to let the housekeeper in, you can access your lock right from your smartphone. Also, a smart lock can alert you if the door is left open or unlocked, so you never have to worry that your home is open to thieves or other mischievous activity.

Not only do smart locks make your life a little more convenient, but they also make a stylish first impression for visitors or potential home buyers when you’re ready to sell.

You can typically find a smart lock between $100 and $200 depending on functionality and key features.

Give yourself peace of mind with new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Have you ever been woken up by the sounds of startling chirps from your smoke detector? If you’re like many other homeowners, you’re probably too familiar with this occurrence. Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will alert you via an app on your phone, tablet, or email when the batteries are low, eliminating the annoying chirps in the middle of the night.

The real advantage of smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is that when the alarm goes off, you’ll also receive an alert on your smartphone. Many of these smart devices will also offer voice instructions to tell you exactly what the problem is, when the detector was activated, and sometimes even the severity of the situation. This can be especially helpful if you travel often and are away from your home.

Smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors typically cost about $100 through companies like Nest. The peace of mind that they offer is unparalleled.

Overall, making smart tech upgrades to your home can save you a lot of money and headaches over time. If you were to purchase all the suggested devices above and pay to have them installed, you would spend less than $1,000. However, this investment can pay for itself over time and offer you more control over your upgraded home.

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