Smart Home Features That Can Increase Your Home's Value

July 20, 2022
Natalie Thorburn

 

We take a lot of pride in our homes because it's one of the crowning achievements of our adult lives. It’s our sanctuary, our castle, our safe place. Who wouldn’t want to protect their little corner of the world? Who wouldn’t want to do whatever they could to make their home more comfortable?

Who wouldn’t want to continue to invest in their home and complete upgrades that will increase home value? Interested buyers will see these upgrades and ask for a home appraisal to ensure the house is worth the price.

These five smart home features will boost your home’s value while giving you peace of mind in knowing it’s protected from ne’er do-wells.

1. Smart lights and outlets

Did you leave the coffee maker on? Are you coming back from a business trip to a dark house? Do you want to create the illusion that someone is home, even if no one is?

Homeowners are answering by outfitting their homes with smart lights and outlets. These smart devices can connect to their smartphones and operate anything plugged into the outlets or the lights, no matter where they are. How’s that for convenience?

2. Video doorbells

We’ve seen the hilarious videos taken from people’s doorbells, and they’re a great source of entertainment, to be sure. However, homeowners aren’t installing video doorbells with the hopes of going viral – they’re installing them because they want to protect their home (and packages) from theft, vandalism, and unwelcome solicitors.

3. Smart lock entry doors

Nothing is worse than being in a rush to leave the house and forgetting your keys. You are locked out of the house without a hide-a-key to save the day. This wouldn't be a problem if you had smart locks on your doors. Smart locks can be connected to your smartphone, and from there, you can lock and unlock the doors without ever needing a key.

4. EV (electric vehicle) charging stations

Americans are strongly encouraged to invest in electric vehicles to move away from fossil fuels. However, one concern homeowners worry about is not having a place to charge the vehicle. This is especially worrisome for people who live in semi-remote areas where EV stations are readily available. Now, on the other hand, homeowners who do have EV charging stations,

5. Integrated connectivity

The beauty of having smart devices in your home is that they can be connected to a central hub – typically a smartphone – but they can also connect with virtual assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. With integrated connectivity, you can control all of your technologies in one place and keep an eye on your home when you’re away.

Doesn’t it feel like almost every aspect of our lives is enhanced by some form of technology? We carry a computer in our pockets, after all! When you incorporate these smart technologies into your home, you can guarantee that your home is a little safer from the perils of the outside world. And smart features like these, we think, are the most important investment any homeowner or buyer can appreciate.

 

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