Why Smart Homes Sell
If you’re wondering why that listing you signed months ago is getting very few views, it might just be that your post is outdated. Today, the trend in real estate is smart homes, or homes outfitted with innovative conveniences, such as energy-saving thermostat, proximity-based locks, cloud-connected home control system etc. that ease stress and make life easier.
Smart homes are in high demand, not just because of the convenience, but for economic and environmental reasons as well. The proof is in the sales — with sales expected to increase from $7.19 billion in 2013 to $22.4 billion in 2020.
Smart homes include creature comforts with added security, energy efficiency, convenience and the ability to perform tasks with the least amount of effort.
Terms like “Green,” “Energy Star,” and “Passive Energy” are common to those who research the smart home trend. Some energy efficient products designed to use less energy and save money in utilities include toilets, thermostats, refrigerators, HVAC systems, ranges, water heaters, light bulbs, timers, laundry systems and even eco-friendly roofing products. Using an energy efficient space heater can save a bundle in both money and energy when occupying only one room. A simple change like weather stripping around your doors and windows can have the same money-saving impact with little financial burden.
Things outside the home, such as solar panels, porch lights, and insulation for the garage, attic, and basement can also save energy and money. These energy efficient items are all about the conscious conservation of Earth’s resources, while keeping your home running as inexpensively and efficiently as possible.
A Connected Home
One of the major benefits of smart home products is the unique communication technology; smart objects communicate with each other and with your chosen device. There are four protocols designed for this task that enable special compatibility with your computer, phone and cell phone. They are known as X10, Z-Wave, UPB and EnOcean. These gadgets can connect audio and video systems, security cameras and everything else you choose to “control” from outside of your home.
This innovative contact is essential if you’ve forgotten to turn on the security alarm or turn off the oven or coffee maker. It eliminates a trip home or an annoying call to your neighbor to check on your house.
Smart Home Products
There are hundreds of options and items that you can update, change or install yourself. Energy efficient and energy saving products can be found at your local grocery store, hardware store or even online. Most of these products can be claimed on tax returns for a credit.
Start off with energy efficient light bulbs – they use 70 to 90 percent less energy. A smart thermostat can also save money by allowing you to control your home temperature at the touch of a button, giving you the opportunity to turn it on or off – a perfect solution for late night workers. For under $300, you can install a Smart Home Security System that allows for off-site monitoring on your device.
Energy efficient toilets and water heaters are also a big money saver but are not big-ticket items. Kitchen appliances and security systems armed with cameras, as described by Smart Home Select, can be smart-shopped for sales and discounts. Since these products are going to save the new buyer money and create a positive carbon footprint, a sale is imminent.