You can turn your home into a smart home and help your home stand out from the other houses for sale in your neighborhood. Millennials and Gen Ys may be the largest groups wanting smart home technology, but even Baby Boomers look for more convenience in their lives and remember, this is the generation that invented the home personal computers!
Connecting devices to your smart phone can save energy, money, and time. There are four categories of smart devices:
Utilities - Thermostat, light bulbs, sprinkler, electrical outlet, ceiling fan, stove, washer and dryer, powered window shades, etc.
Safety - Wireless key entry, doorbell, garage door, outdoor lighting, etc.
Security - Burglar alarm, smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector, or any sensor that triggers a call for emergency assistance.
Audio / Visual - Personal assistant such as Alexa or Siri, TVs, music, etc.
Smart home devices that are compatible with the device you may already have at home isn't hard to find, and they are not that costly. If you have Amazon's Alexa series, shop for compatible devices on Amazon. My personal favorite is the smart garage door opener! Even the big box home improvement stores have a plethora of devices to select from, such as Home Depot and Lowes.
With today’s technology available to consumers, it can be pretty easy and inexpensive to get started. Setting your home up with Smart Home devices can be a great marketing tool, and make your home memorable, without too much out of pocket.