Turning Your Home into a Smart Home

Posted by Super Admin on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 1:53pm.

It’s no secret that Canadians place high value on their privacy, so outside of major cities Canadians have been slow to upgrade their homes with automation as new devices and services have hit the market. And it’s a fair concern — especially with voice-activated technologies like Amazon’s Alexa. But even if you wanted to, it’s getting difficult to avoid smart home devices. But you may not have considered how these new devices could give your property an edge in the competitive spring real estate market. Because the market is still developing, it’s hard to say whether smart devices offer a 1:1 ROI, but some REALTORS® have noted that homes with well-known devices tend to sell more quickly.

So how can you use this to your advantage?

First, name recognition matters.

The Nest Thermostat is the best-known smart home climate system in North America, and it stands to reason that if your potential buyer knows of any thermostat, it’s the Nest. Make sure your realtor knows that it’s installed and highlights it during walk-throughs — mentioning that it’s programmable, syncs to your phone, and can be controlled remotely. Some data on how much money it has saved you in recent months is also helpful.

Another popular device, especially useful during the confusion of listing and moving, is a smart-enabled video doorbell. These devices have cameras that switch on when their buttons are depressed (some are even motion-activated), sending a live video feed of your front door to your phone. If you’re not at home, the doorbell will let you remotely buzz in any contractors (or REALTORS®!), as well as keep track of package deliveries and making sure all the activity at your home isn’t attracting unwanted attention. Bonus: these systems are a convenient way to let kids or guests into the house without a key. SkyBell HD, Ring Video Doorbell 2, and the Nest Hello all have thousands of 5-star reviews on Amazon.

It should go without saying that any system you’re planning to confer with your home should have as many compatibilities as possible — think Amazon Alexa, Apple Home, Google, and more — so make sure you ask these questions when you’re shopping.

One final product that you might consider while selling your home isn’t something that your buyer will notice, but it will take some of the stress out of last-minute showings and keep your home always looking its best: iRobot’s Braava Jet 240. Made by the same company as to Roomba line of robot vacuums, the Braava 240 sprays water and uses an assortment of different pads to clean effectively and quietly. It boasts a built-in navigation system like its more expensive counterparts, and makes sure your kitchen or bathroom floors are spotless when it counts.

Have any tips for our REALTORS® about smart home devices that make your life at home easier? Something that you think helped sell your last property? Questions about where you should invest your smart home dollars? Give one of our friendly REALTORS® a call today.

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