Smart Home Upgrades: How to Renovate for the Future

Boost your home’s appeal to buyers with these smart home upgrades.

When you make the decision to renovate your home, you should always begin with the end in mind. Of course, you’ll consider renovations that can upgrade your home in the present, but the end goal is making an upgrade that will increase your home’s value when it’s time to sell. Back in the day, you could get away with putting a fresh coat of paint on the front door, trimming up the shrubbery, and maybe a few new light fixtures. All of that is still good to do when you’re preparing to sell a house, but nowadays, you’ll have to upgrade smarter to appease home buyers.

When you make the decision to renovate your home, you should always begin with the end in mind.

Upgrade your thermostat

The thermostat is one of the most important parts of your home, but nobody likes dealing with it. Many times they’re outdated, don’t work, or they’re just downright confusing. A smart thermostat won’t just help you save time, money, and energy in the short-run, but it’ll make your home that much more attractive to potential buyers when it’s finally time to sell. Most smart thermostats provide cool features like voice controls and geofencing without breaking the bank. If you’re on the fence about smart technology in your home, the thermostat is a great place to start.

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Improve home security

Security is always important to anyone looking to buy a home, and smart technology has completely transformed the ways we go about making our homes safe. Interior and exterior cameras, video doorbells, and smart locks have all become hot commodities for homeowners across the country and home values have continued to rise as a result. Most smart home security measures are pretty easy to install. If you want to dip your toe in before making the big splash, try a video doorbell as a simple, cost-effective first line of defense.

Lighten up

According to a real estate survey done by Coldwell Banker, 63% of potential home buyers would prefer smart lighting products already installed in their homes. Seems like a pretty easy way to increase your home’s value right? There are plenty of smart lighting starter kit options for people who are thinking of trying it out. All it takes is simply swapping your old bulbs for the smart LEDs and connecting them to the internet. Installing smart lighting technology is an energy-efficient and cost-effective way to increase your home’s appeal and value to future buyers.

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Make a connection

Once you’ve got a few elements for your smart home, the only thing left to do is tie it all together. Smart speakers have become the face of the smart technology movement, and for good reason. They act as a hub for the rest of your smart home elements and allow you to control them all with your voice. With voice control’s dramatic rise in popularity over the past few years, it’s easy to project that future buyers will be on the lookout for homes with cohesive smart technology. You’d be smart to make sure yours is one of them.

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Khari is one of our blog authors. He hails from the state of Georgia, and can tell you everything you need to know about rap music, the NBA, and Game of Thrones. As the youngest writer on staff, Khari enjoys learning about the ins and outs of homeownership and looks to provide a fresh, Millennial's perspective on happenings within the industry.