Smart Home Technologies for Home Buyers

If you're thinking about building a home in the near future, one of the things you should think about is installing smart products. Here's what you need to know.

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Smart Home Technologies for Home Buyers

Posted by Gary Ashton on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 9:39am.

Building a Home? What You Need to Know About Smart ProductsNew construction homes tend to be very technologically advanced. They're made with advanced pieces of equipment, and when they're done being constructed, they have advanced technologies built in.

Home buyers who are seeking all the latest and greatest amenities often turn to smart technologies for their new home. If you're a home buyer in the process of purchasing a new construction property, here's what you need to know about what to include and how to get the best experience out of your smart products.

What Are Smart Products?

Smart products are automated devices that have the ability to learn or change with the environment to meet the needs of the user. Just about anything can be made "smart," so new smart technologies are becoming available to homeowners every day. Smart products are usually controlled by a hub or an app, often via a user's desktop, laptop, tablet, or smart phone.

Types of Smart Products

There are many smart products that can make life better for homeowners. Examples of smart products include:

  • Smart security systems. Smart security systems often include cameras and alarms that enable homeowners to check what's going on at their house, even when they're hundreds of miles away.
  • Smart thermostats. These products adjust the temperature in the home according to the homeowners preferences, often by first learning what the homeowner wants.
  • Smart blinds. Smart blinds can be raised and lowered with the push of a button, either at specific times of the day or according to the movements of the sun.
  • Smart locks and smart door bells. Smart doorbells enable the homeowner to see a video image of who is at their front door, so they can use their smart lock to unlock their home.

All of these smart products are available to consumers. A good contractor can help the home buyer decide what smart products are best for their home. Sometimes the design of the property will affect what smart products are best for the homeowner.

Benefits of Smart Technologies

There are many benefits of smart technologies.

Efficiency

Smart products improve home efficiency by reacting to the environment and making adjustments as needed. For example, many smart thermostats monitor the movements of the homeowner to determine when they're at home and when they're away.

When the homeowner leaves for work, the thermostat adjusts the temperature to a setting that uses less energy. When the homeowner returns from work, the smart thermostat changes the temperature to a more comfortable setting.

Convenience

Smart products can be controlled with the touch of a button. Smart products make it much easier for the homeowner to make changes in the house without ever getting up or even being at the house.

Wave of the Future

As time goes on, smart products will become an expectation for home buyers. Those who invest in smart products now can raise their home's value and may even make their home easier to sell when the time comes.

How to Choose

If you're thinking about installing smart products in your home, read product reviews and think about your priorities. Are you concerned with saving energy? Home security? Convenience? Are you aging in place? Ask yourself these questions as you decide which smart products are the right ones for you.

Read product reviews. There are a multitude of websites online where thorough product reviews are available. Read professional reviews from reputable sources, and read reviews from homeowners who have used those products in their home. Consider price when purchasing smart products, but avoid making price the central issue. Many smart products save homeowners money by reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. As you're fitting smart products into your budget, think about how much money your smart products will save you with time.

Bringing It All Together

Gallatin homeowners trying to use multiple smart products at once often start by purchasing a home assistant. A home assistant is a product (either an app or a device) that controls all smart products in the home. Using a home assistant makes using smart products easier. By streamlining control of the smart products, home assistants save time and make it fun to use smart products.

Once you've decided which products to install, ask your contractor to install those that need to be hardwired into the home. Working with an experienced contractor will help ensure that the job is done right, and that your smart products will last for many years to come.

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