Thursday, August 18, 2022 / by Abigail Catone
Oftentimes when homeowners upgrade things like appliances, lighting, and internal systems, they leave the improvements behind so that the next single person, couple, or family can enjoy them. What does this mean? It means that prospective home buyers can and will look at the upgrades you’ve implemented. It also means that they may make their purchasing decision based on your home offerings.
As far as upgrades go, you can do just about anything. Purchase a new, expensive refrigerator. Level up your kitchen stove. Make sure the duct work is up to par. Install a new roof right before listing.
But because we live in the 21st century, and because technology is forever growing, we’re going to talk about technological upgrades. What would the next owner of your home like to see once they walk in? Let’s find out.
Smart thermostats allow you to manage your home's temperature directly from an app on your smartphone. They have adaptable features, even during the trickiest of transitional weather periods. And, they save homeowners approximately $200 a year in energy costs. It’s no wonder buyers look around in search of a smart thermostat when they’re house shopping.
Reach out to your energy company today and get started on that install. It’s true that they cost about $200, which would make the purchase somewhat counterintuitive. However, most companies also offer full rebates, so it’s a win-win. Upgrade and get more requested tours because of the convenient temperature solution.
If you have an at-home movie theater, we suggest you make sure your projector is up-to-date. Home shoppers are looking for the best picture quality money can buy, and these 4K projector options fit the bill.
Now, keep in mind that not everyone is head over heels for a movie theater set up. If you have one, utilize it and make sure it displays key features, great brightness, a high contrast ratio, and fantastic colors. There’s no point to an outdated, back in the day system that can’t pick up on film quality and sound.
Smart doorbells are easy to install and rather inexpensive. Plus, they allow you to avoid answering the door. Why? Because you can see who’s there just by checking an app on your smartphone. If you’d like a day to yourself without distractions, just don’t answer!
Prospective home buyers love when they see that this feature is upgraded and installed. Add in some automatic smart locks that need a simple pin to get inside the house, and you’re golden! This way, the next person that resides in your home can always have an idea of what’s going on at the front door no matter where they are.
The sun changes its position in the sky all day everyday, that’s a fact. With smart lighting, you don’t need to keep the accent and primary lights on all day; instead, you can let the installed system do its thing and minimize lighting whenever the sun is around.
There are more options outside the one we just mentioned. You can also purchase smart lighting shades that automatically pull down and go up based on the sun's schedule. You can invest in smart window tinting or voice-command roll-down shades. Or, you can purchase lighting fixtures that turn off or dim on the schedule you set it to. The options are endless, you just have to find the one that’s right for you.
Oh, the fun that you can have with smart appliances. Check out the new microwaves that you can set up voice commands with. Look into the ovens that can run through Alexa or Google Assistant. Refrigerators that tell you what’s in stock at home are totally cool. What’s the best part about all of these options? They’re totally here and we don’t have to wait for them to come out! It’s not futuristic, it’s now.
Go purchase one, two, even three options and boost your home's technical score today.