The most interesting thing about Smart Home Automation is most people want the popular products but they don’t know anything about Smart Home Automation. They go to a friend’s house that has a Nest Thermostat and the first thing they think is “I want that too”, but that’s only the first step to a Smart Home.
According to Coldwell Banker, in order to be categorized as a smart home, the property must have a smart security feature that either controls access or monitors the property or a smart temperature feature, in addition to a reliable Internet connection. It must also include at least two additional features from this list:
- Lighting (smart light bulbs and lighting systems)
- Safety (smart fire / carbon monoxide detectors and nightlights)
- Entertainment (smart TVs and TV streaming services)
- Appliances (smart refrigerators and smart washer / dryers)
- Heating / Cooling (smart HVAC system, smart fans or vents)
- Outdoors (smart plant sensors and watering systems)
- Security (smart locks, smart alarm systems or cameras)
- Temperature (smart thermostats)
At Digital Architecture, we help our customers achieve this without them ever having to lift a finger, we do it for them. Over our 14 years of operations, we have learned a ton about the industry and although many people don’t think about it, we find, there are five situations that most commonly lead customers to call us:
- Selling a home – When selling a home there are two important factors sellers are most concerned about; how fast you can sell and for how much. Coldwell Banker has found, smart homes sell faster and for more money than traditional homes, so adding technology like this can be profitable when you’re in the market to sell your home. In fact, “more than half of homeowners (54 percent) would purchase or install smart home products if they were selling their home and knew that doing so would make it sell faster.”
- Buying or building a home – This is an important time because, at this point, people are interested in making a home theirs. “Thirty-three percent of home buyers in 2015 reported that they did renovations to add home automation to their newly purchased home.” Home automation trailed only plumbing and electrical as the most-frequent renovations. In terms of building a home, this is the best time to think about home automation because it can be added to the cost of the home and therefore be paid off with your mortgage. Currently, “80% of homebuilders already offer built-in Smart Home technology like structured wiring, home theaters, and monitored home security systems.” The most important thing to think about is, are they including the right technology for now and the future?
- Renovating – I mentioned this in the last bullet but it’s important to say again because not all renovations are done when a home is new. Whether adding a new room for another child or remodeling your kitchen, these are great times to update your home technology. If you are opening the walls it’s a great time to add the necessary wiring to take your home to the next level.
- When thinking about adding technology. I shared this tip a few days ago on my Facebook but I will say it again, “all smart technology is not created equally”. If you are looking to add technology to your home think about the long term plan and what other products interact with it because nobody wants the remote problem in app form.
- Planning a party – Parties are a time when a lot tends to happen within the home. For cookouts, people buy speakers for outside or lights so they can party into the night, etc. Cookout time is coming to an end but the party must go on. The Super Bowl is approaching and many people are thinking about having a party of their own. This is the perfect time to add a smart audio system in your media room or even the entire home.
Obviously, there are other times that people can add smart technology to their home but during one of these five situations is where a majority of our projects start. Does this resonate with you? Are you experiencing one of these situations yourself? I spoke with many friends over the past few weeks that were in one of these situations and wanted to add smart technology to their homes. I think we are onto something but let me know what you think.
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