Have you taken the plunge and joined the world of smart technology? Many homeowners have smart speakers or use their smart phone assistants to complete tasks. Believe it or not, you can use this technology to make your home even smarter, too!
Whether you’re a beginner or already have your home all hooked up, it’s important to keep up with the most up-to-date trends—it’ll help your smart technology get, well, smarter! Here are my best tips for modernizing your smart home.
Update Your Hub
Chances are, if you have any smart home technology, they have to be hooked up to a hub device. What is a smart home hub? Simply put, it’s a Wi-Fi enabled device that acts as the central communication system for all of your smart home devices. This makes controlling everything much easier, as everything is all in one place.
Some of the best smart home hubs come from Google and Amazon. If you already have a smart speaker, you may want to upgrade it. Amazon recently introduced a newer version of its smart speaker, Alexa, that integrates a smart home hub. New hubs from Wink are also a top-rated favorite amongst smart home connoisseurs.
Install Security Cameras
This year, we saw a surge in smart security systems. This is because they are much more affordable than before, and many home security companies are now offering competitive packages. However, you don’t necessarily have to pay for a security system to monitor your home.
Smart security cameras are all the rage, and you’ll be able to install them yourselves. Many of them are waterproof and come with easy-to-use apps so you can see everything that’s going on. Want to combine convenience with security? Try a Ring doorbell, which lets you answer your door remotely and see video footage of who’s at your house.
Wire Up Your Kitchen
Did you know that many appliances are getting smarter? It’s true! If you’re modernizing your smart home and want to upgrade your kitchen, consider investing in a smart fridge, stove, or microwave.
Better yet, there’s something to fit everyone’s budget, so you don’t have to break the bank to make some updates. Some of the coolest devices are the Samsung Family Hub fridge and the GE Smart Stove. Both of these devices can be controlled from a smart phone, and the Samsung Family Hub fridge even allows you to answer your Ring doorbell!
Invest in a Better Breaker
Want to know about an up-and-coming trend in the smart home world? If you’re really into modernizing your smart home and want to stay on the cutting edge, consider investing in a smart breaker. While this may seem like one of the less interesting upgrades you could make, these new innovations could help you save money and even your life.
Breakers have been the same for decades, but new companies are shaking up the industry. Leviton’s newest smart breaker allows you to monitor your breaker from your phone and alerts you to any issues. If there’s a problem and you aren’t home, you can even turn your breaker off remotely from your phone.
Modernizing Your Smart Home Before You Sell?
Modernizing your smart home is not only exciting, but it can also help boost your home’s value. If you’re thinking about selling your home and have any questions about which upgrades you should make, I’m here to help!
Selling a home on the Main Line requires a special level of expertise, and I have the experience you need to sell fast and for the best price. If you need any advice or just want to discuss your real estate goals, give me, Tammy Harrison, a call. I can’t wait to help you take the first step in your real estate journey!