Homeowners are taking their homes into the 21st century with “smart home” technology. Here are a few products that can make your home smarter, safer and more efficient.
Ring Doorbell. A motion -activated video doorbell system with an app that enables you to see and even speak to visitors at your door from anywhere. Also available for use within your home for security. Cost: $99 – $249
Smart Light Bulb. Dimmable, Wi-Fi enabled LED light bulbs that allow you to change lighting from anywhere – even while away from home – using an electronic device or smart speakers. Cost: $10 – $12 per bulb
Smart Speakers. Smart speakers like Google Home or Amazon Echo can use Wi-Fi to sync with your smart electronics, allowing you to use voice commands to lower the lights, turn on the heat or even make your morning cup of coffee. Cost: $50 – $200
Nest Thermostat. A sleek thermostat you can control from your phone or tablet to adjust your heating and air. This device learns the climate of your home, automatically adjusting the temperature when conditions change. Cost: $170 – $235
TP-Link Smart Plug. Wi-Fi enabled adapter that you can plug appliances like your coffee maker into, so you can turn them on and off from an app on your smart phone. Cost: $15 – $17
Smart Homes for Smart People
These gadgets and gizmos might be cool and convenient, but they also provide a few other benefits for your household.
Peace of Mind. High-tech security systems let you keep an eye on your home whether you’re at the office or on vacation. Control appliances and electronics from your smartphone to make changes at home throughout the day.
Save Money. Forgot to turn off the lights this morning? Smart home devices allow you to switch off the bedside lamp or turn off the AC from your phone, conserving energy and saving your money on bills.
Boost Home Value. Smart appliances, wall plugs and light bulbs can instantly boost your home’s value and appeal should you look to sell.
Reset! Refocus! Re-Center!
We can’t always control what happens to us, but we can control how we want to feel.
Reset Your Goals
Life happens, and plans change. If you think your goals might need a reset, start here:
- Refresh: Re-read the goals you set back in 2019, and determine which ones you’re still able to pursue.
- Adjust: Update the goals you are pursuing to reflect your current reality and circumstances.
- Evaluate: Look at your current situation to determine what actions are working and which ones are not.
- Plan: Write down small steps to take you toward your goals. Include key players and any schedule changes you might need to make.
- Act: Carry out your plan, change your habits and march toward your new goals one step at a time.
Refocus Your Routine
Small shifts to help you make the most out of your day-to-day.
- Time to Move: Walking, jogging, dancing – anything to get you on your feet to shake (or sweat) off the negativity.
- Intentional Media: Adding a positive podcast or book into your media routine can help keep you on a productive track.
- Your Health First: Prioritizing personal health will help you feel physically and mentally stronger.
- Accountability is Key: If you have a friend who wants to also kick some old habits or restart their routine, connect with them and take the reset together.
Give me a call to chat more about what smart tech can do for your home’s market value.