5 Smart Upgrades that Increase Your Home’s Appeal

There are many upgrades that you can make to your home to increase its appeal to potential buyers. Smart home upgrades are a great option if you want to make your home more technologically advanced. While these upgrades can improve the livability of your space, they can also increase its appeal, as 81 percent of homebuyers said they would prefer to buy a home with some smart home products already installed. Before you list your home for sale, consider adding some of these upgrades to it.

Smart thermostat

A smart thermostat regulates the temperature in your home and reduces your cooling and heating costs. Installing a smart thermostat can help you save up to 10 percent on monthly heating costs and up to 15 percent on cooling costs. The temperature you prefer and the size and location of your home will impact how much savings you make. Your smart thermostat can be controlled from your smartphone or programmed to turn on when you return from work. A new smart thermostat will cost anywhere from $100 to $300 or more and set up is typically easy, making it an excellent DIY project.

Smart blinds

Smart blinds can be used to increase privacy and decrease energy consumption. They can be controlled with an app, a remote or voice command. These blinds can be automated to open and close according to the time of day or when someone is at home. Smart blinds can block the outdoor temperature from damaging your home in winter and summer. The price of smart blinds will depend on how big your windows are and whether you choose to go with plug-in, battery or hard-wired blinds. However, most models start at around $100.

Smart smoke detector

A smoke detector is an essential safety device in every home. A smart smoke detector is able to sound an alarm when you are at home, and send you an alert to your smartphone if it detects danger. This gives you added security, as well as peace of mind, while you’re away. Smart smoke detectors can send an alert to your smartphone if the batteries are low. These upgraded smoke detectors can even be used to get a discount on homeowners insurance, depending on the company. Best of all, they only cost between $50 to $100.

Video doorbell

Add security to your home by installing a video doorbell. You can place a video front doorbell and receive notifications on your phone about deliveries or people outside. Also, you will have a saved clip of any activity. You may be able speak to visitors at your front door, depending on which type you choose. Some video doorbells require that you wire them into your electrical system. Others will run on batteries. Most video doorbells cost $100 or less.

Smart lock

Another way to improve the security of your home is to install smart locks on exterior doors. Smart locks will make it impossible to lose your keys. You can unlock your doors using an app on your smartphone, scanning your fingerprint or entering a number code. You can also let guests in remotely, or give babysitters access codes that you can activate and turn off. The cost of a smart lock depends on the device you choose, but many will typically run between $100 up to $300.

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