Ready to sell your house this spring? Anyone can tell you to give it a new coat of paint, plant some flowers, and wash the windows. But what about the technology in your house? A simple thermostat will get the job done, but many looking to buy these days prefer smart home technology.
In a recent list from Realtor.com, they broke down several tech upgrades you can add to your home to help it sell.
More and more Americans are leaving behind their landlines and making the full switch to cellular and wireless Internet connection. Don't worry too much if a buyer’s cell coverage in a house is spotty, as it may just be issues with the buyer’s cell service, not yours.
If you’re really concerned, however, cellphone signal boosters ($49 to $500) that can be found at most home electronics stores can fix the problem, especially in row houses or town homes.
Smart doorbells that often cost between $100 and $200 that are equipped with cameras that turn on whenever the button is pressed or activity is detected near the door are helping to increase home security.
Even if you’re not home, a smart doorbell connected to your phone’s camera can make it look like you are.
Smart Door Locks
If you’re tired of always losing your keys, then smart locks, which retail between $79 to $250 can help. You can program them to only open with a tap from your cellphone, unlock with Bluetooth proximity sensing or program with a code for temporary or periodic access for contractors or house cleaners.
The dozens of smart lights ($25 to $50) that can be controlled by your smartphone can not only create mood lighting and alert you to incoming calls, texts and even Facebook posts.
Realtor.com noted that this is both a security as well as a comfort feature. Different lighting patterns will scare away potential burglars.
Smart Climate Control
Thermostat's like Nest are becoming a favorite in new homes. It can sense your preferences and adjust accordingly. For example if you like the house a toasty 74 degrees when you get up at 7 a.m, the Nest ($249) will remember to start warming the house at 6:27 a.m, having calculated how long it takes to reach the desired temperature based on your movements and preferences.
It’s similar to when you leave at 9 a.m. and hit the thermostat to 68 degrees. The Nest can subsequently figure out when to start lowering the heat so your house will hit the mark just when you close the door.
Make sure you read the full article from Realtor.com for more information.