Smart Homes on a Budget

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When you think about smart homes, do you picture homes with automated everything? Sure, some dishwashers alert you when you’re low on detergent, and some microwave ovens know when your popcorn is done. But going “all in” on smart home tech can get pricey! Instead, why not dip your toe into the future of home technology by starting small?

Smart homes may sell faster and at higher prices

Homes with smart technology can sell faster than those without, and more than 50% of home buyers say they’d buy a smart home over an identical home without the included technology. And nearly two-thirds of home buyers would pay more for homes with smart technology features or packages in place.

Invest in budget smart tech

Check out the following list of smart home gadgets your clients can use to upgrade their homes without spending a fortune.

Smart LED lights

Smart LED bulbs connect to a wireless hub, and you can control them through a smartphone app. You can schedule them to turn on when you wake up and dim before you go to bed.

The Smart Light Starter Kit, which includes the Google Home Mini hub, costs $60, and each light bulb costs about $15. But they’ll last around 22 years, and they use 80% less energy than traditional bulbs, so you’ll save money over time! GE Link and Philips Hue are two popular brands.

Smart smoke/carbon monoxide detectors

Smart smoke/carbon monoxide detectors start at around $100 and notify you on your smartphone when the alarm sounds. They’ll also send a push notification when you need to change the batteries, so you’ll no longer have to listen to that obnoxious chirping sound. 

Nest Protect (made by Google) includes split-spectrum sensor technology, which has been shown to recognize fires quicker while successfully avoiding false alarms from burnt toast or shower steam.

Smart locks

These locks sync to any Bluetooth compatible smartphone. You can use the app to grant access to your housekeepers, friends, family, house sitters, etc.

When someone with access stands in front of the door with their smartphone in their pocket, they can unlock the door by touching a sensor on the lock. You can grant people access to the home at scheduled times, and you can revoke access whenever you’d like. 

Kwikset Kevo and August are both respected brands, but keep in mind that a smart lock isn't an unbreakable lock. Any home lock is nothing more than a crime deterrent, and just as a burglar can pick a traditional lock with the right tools, an intelligent criminal could potentially hack a smart lock. Smart locks typically cost around $200, and they’re as easy to install as any deadbolt.

Smart home security cameras

Cameras have come down in price over the years, with some impressive models selling for under $200. Homeowners can use them for a variety of purposes, from baby monitors to video doorbells, and most allow you to stream video directly to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Both the Nest Cam and the Skybell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell receive high marks from well-respected review sites.

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