Monday, June 10, 2013

You're going to LOVE your home! PROJECT # 10: Go Techie

by +Sarah Marrinan - Keller Williams Premier Realty 

All the techies have been waiting patiently for this advice... It was probably #1 on their list!

PROJECT # 10. Connect your home.
When so-called “smart home” systems first came out, they were the stuff of an MTV Cribs episode, costing tens of thousands of dollars to put various home systems on a remote control. But as with all technologies, costs of connecting your home have come down – a lot. For anywhere from $200 to $2,000, you might be able to have your home’s systems wired so that you can:
  • Control lighting, heating and AC remotely
  • Have your HVAC systems and window coverings, for example, work in sync
  • Monitor your home via video and sensors for security and other home crises (e.g., flood, etc.), no matter where you are.
The best part? Even the least expensive of these systems now is able to be run via a smartphone app. Home security providers are increasingly offering these options, and even some home internet/telephone providers have also gotten into the business of affordably connecting your home.

If you’re considering making a modest investment in a home you plan to own for a while, you’re increasingly in the norm. Studies show that over 50% of homeowners are now focusing on smaller home improvement projects that increase their enjoyment of their homes - even if they don't increase its value.

Have you recently done any of these things? I would love to see your before and after pictures if you are willing to share them with me!

Thanks for reading!

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