According to a joint survey conducted by Coldwell Banker CNET, 81 percent of potential homeowners who already own smart devices would be more likely to purchase a home with smart home tech preinstalled. That's pretty significant when you consider that 45 percent of Americans already own smart home devices or plan to soon.
The bottom line? If you're planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon, it's probably a good idea to smarten it up a bit before your realtor starts showing it. That doesn't have to mean a a huge investment of either time or money. Thanks to the affordability and easy installation of wireless smart home technologies like Z-Wave, you can transform your soon-to-be-ex home into a smart home in an afternoon.
Start with Z-Wave starter kits like the "Welcome Home" Plug and Play bundle. This will let you create an inviting smart home environment for less than $500, complete with smart bulbs that simply screw into your existing light fixtures, and motion sensors that activate easy-to-program lighting scenes automatically. Imagine how impressed your potential buyers will be if the lights in a room magically turn on as soon as they walk through the door.
Add enough smart lights and you can create entire lighting scenes that illuminate common areas of the home at the touch of a button. Or that dim the lights in the living room when you're ready to watch a movie. Or that turn front porch lights on automatically at night and off during the day.
Smart locks can make showing your home so much easier, especially if you're not showing it yourself. You can give your real estate agent a unique code, and even keep track of who comes and goes when you're not there yourself. Since survey respondents also listed safety and security devices as highly important, you could add a water shutoff valve, then use water sensors inside and a few drops of water to demonstrate how your home is trained to stave off potential disaster before it happens.
Add a personal digital voice assistant, like Amazon Echo. The Echo Dot costs just $50, and boasts compatibility with most Z-Wave smart hubs. And according to a more recent survey by Coldwell Banker, voice control is right at the top of the list that most people are looking for in a smart home, with 79 percent of Gen Xers, 74 percent of Millennials, and 63 percent of Baby Boomers expressing interest in voice controlled smart home tech.
So why not give them what they're looking for? The investment is tiny, and the payoff could be potentially huge, if it makes the difference between selling your home now and letting it linger on the market for months.
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Vacation properties can provide a holiday oasis for families and friends while being used. But what happens during the rest of the year? Homes often sit unoccupied for long periods of time and until recently, it was hard to maintain and monitor without hiring someone local or spending money on an expensive security system.
Z-Wave alarm sirens are incredibly versatile – the sky is the limit for what you can do with them. Standard alarms have one sound setting: loud and annoying. So what can you do with your siren in the meantime? Try hooking it up with Z-Wave sensors!
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Everyone wants their home to be safer and easier to manage – but the many benefits of smart home tech appeal to different people. With the upcoming Father's Day holiday this weekend, we thought we'd look at some ways that a smart home makes dad's life easier
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One of the easiest ways of explaining an unfamiliar technology is to compare it with something people already understand. That's why you might hear things like: "It's like Wi-Fi, but…" or "It's similar to Bluetooth, but…" when talking about Z-Wave
If you're not one of the 3 million homes with an Amazon Echo in it, there's a good chance you're coveting one. I mean, who doesn't want to be able to tell a lovely woman named Alexa to add things to their shopping list, play a favorite song, tell you the weather forecast AND turn on the lights in the living room?
The homes come standard with home automation that includes locks, lights and a wireless alarm system. Among the products are: Schlage Z-Wave lock, Trane Z-Wave digital thermostat, and Nortek Z-Wave lighting control
Instead, just use smart locks to give them a virtual key, and to give a virtual key to baby sitters, dog walkers, and temporary guests. You don't need to ask your neighbor to water your lawn while you're out of town, or to check to see if you closed the garage door and turned off the lights. You can monitor your lawn watering, and the status of your doors and lights, with your smartphone or tablet.
Z-Wave wireless sensor: This gadget is perfect for maintaining safety; it monitors the doors and windows and sends out an alarm via text message and e-mail if any suspicious and intrusive activities are detected.
One benefit of a connected home is that it should (asuming the system is working) let you know when there's a problem, even if you're not there. It's one reason those with vacation homes are installing smart leak detectors, Wi-Fi-enabled cameras, and so on. And just because your second home is on wheels, it doesn't mean having devices that keep an eye on things is any less helpful.
Smart homes come with options for a home automation controller that allows the user to control things like door locks, light switches, thermostats, cameras, security systems and energy monitoring solutions from their smartphone or tablet.
The five tips shared here are solid lighting control suggestions that can boost the effectiveness a home security system, or even be used on their own for your own peace of mind, whether the emergency is finding a snack without stubbing your toe or scaring away an intruder in the middle of the night.
The new motorized deadbolts utilize the Z-Wave wireless protocol to enable true remote locking and unlocking. This allows homeowners to remotely access and control the lock from anywhere in the world, using a smartphone, tablet or Internet connected device.
Thankfully, smart home technologies can help with the turning off of lights, as well as other habits that can drive up your energy bills.