Top Five Smart Home Features

Posted on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 9:31am.

Top Five Smart Home Features

Cool smart home features aren’t just for luxury homes anymore! As technology continues to develop, more and more buyers are looking for smart devices in the average home. They are drawn to simple, easy to use gadgets that are budget-friendly and make their home life easier. Whether you’re curious about the latest home technology, or considering upgrades as you get ready to sell, check out our picks for the top smart home features.

Thermostats- In hot climates like Austin’s, smart thermostats can make a difference in your home energy usage and costs. These thermostats are easily installed, can be set to a schedule, and automatically adjust the temperature when you’re home or away. Most models can also be controlled from your mobile device or computer. Some devices even integrate with your home security system.

Lighting Control- The ability to control lights from one single device or panel is appealing to homebuyers. Like smart thermostats, most lighting controls can be customized to fit your schedule and needs, and works for both indoor and outdoor lighting. Many systems will also connect to your mobile device for access on the go.

Security Systems- Smart security now offers peace of mind beyond a single alarm panel. Security cameras are increasingly popular features within a security package. Connect your security system to your smartphone for instant alerts and access. Many systems can also be integrated with smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and your thermostat.

Keyless Entry- Deadbolts with keyless access give homeowners complete control over access to their home without passing out a key. Some locks are secured by a signal from a smartphone, while others include a keypad for a personalized code. You can also receive notifications when a visitor enters your home or program a temporary access code for guests.

Built-In Speakers- Indoor and outdoor speaker systems are some of the most popular home features. Wired systems are still the norm, but wireless speakers can offer more flexible options in your home. Speaker systems aren’t just for media rooms anymore. If your home has a great space of entertaining (indoors or out), an unobtrusive speaker system can kick it up a notch in the eyes of buyers.

These fun smart home features can change the way you connect with your home. However, not every buyer may see the value in home technology. If you’re thinking about selling your home, talk to your REALTOR® to determine which smart home features will add value. Our agents are experts in the Austin market and excited to help you with your home sale or purchase. Contact us today for more information about Austin real estate.

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