Smart home technology has grown exponentially in popularity over the last decade or so. What was once an amenity only brandished by the rich and famous, smart home technology has found its way into just about every home on the market, and yours should certainly not be the exception. Without it, your next deal may have nothing unique to boast. At the very least, you can’t capture the attention of buyers with amenities you don’t have. With smart home technology, however, you stand a better chance at attracting the largest group of potential buyers: Millennials. That said, if you want to give yourself the best chance of selling a home, you may want to include some of today’s greatest amenities made possible by the advent of technology.
When it comes to smart home technology, there are few features buyers will covet more than those that are both fashionable and functional. That’s why I truly believe the following amenities will help your home sell faster and for more money:
1. Solar Panels
Solar panels are included on just about every smart home technology list you can imagine, and for good reason: few amenities can offer the return on investment of a professionally installed array of solar panels. That said, the initial investment can be quite intimidating, as installation can run homeowners upwards of $20,000, and sometime more. Note, however, that the average cost of installation is roughly $16,800, according to Energy Sage, which doesn’t even include the impressive tax credits. It is possible to get the initial cost down to a reasonable range, but I digress. Solar panels are worth the upfront price, especially over the long-haul. By Energy Sage’s numbers, the average homeowner will make their money back in the amount they save on energy in as little as twelve years — everything after that is money in the bank.
2. Smart Security Systems
Today’s security systems bare no resemblance to their predecessors. Sure, they may share a primary objective, but that’s where the similarities end. No longer are security systems relegated to a box or hub on the wall, but rather everywhere you go. You see, today’s best security systems are able to sync up to your smartphone. That means you can do everything from closing the garage door from thousands of miles a way to viewing the person currently standing at your front door. What’s more, the largest contingent of potential homebuyers is expected to be millennials, who appear to favor home security over their older counterparts for three very specific reasons: they travel a lot, they are at the age when most people consider having kids, and, to be honest, peace of mind is more valuable in today’s world than it has ever been in the past. Why not give them what they want?
3. Smart Refrigerator
In selling a home, it’s of the utmost importance to highlight its greatest feature: the kitchen. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, nothing sells a home quite like the kitchen. Prospective homebuyers will place a lot of weight behind their decision based on the kitchen alone, and it’s time today’s sellers did the same. In other words, if you are serious about selling your home sooner rather than later, the kitchen needs to set an exemplary example for the rest of your home. As it turns out, there is one specific smart home technology that can do just that: a smart fridge. Much more than meets the eye, today’s smart fridges are spectacle to behold. Not only are they great at keeping food at the right temperature, but — not unlike the security system I mentioned above — they can also sync to your smart phone. As a result, the built-in camera allows owners to see what’s in the fridge from anywhere, even when you are at the store shopping for groceries. If that wasn’t enough, some fridges can be programed to tell you when food is going to expire or to simply play the latest episode of your favorite TV show.
You need to remember, it’s the little things — the “sizzle features, if you will — that make or break an impending deal. If you can make the most important room in a home more desirable with this particular smart home technology, there’s no reason you can’t find the scales tipping in your favor.
4. Remote Control Shaders
Selling a home has as much to do with creating demand as it does with the product itself. In other words, if you can give people a reason to want to buy the house, nearly everything else is a moot point. That’s where sizzle features come in. By offering prospective buyers amenities they can’t necessarily find everywhere else, they are more inclined to think the home is special. As it turns out, one such amenity is the remote control shader. While not overly expensive, remote shaders can add a sense of elegance while simultaneously introducing a real estate technology capable of making the owner’s life just a little easier. And, again, it’s not necessarily about the functionality of the shaders, but rather the fact that most other homes don’t have them. People like to stand out, and it’s safe to assume they would like their next house to stand out as well. There’s no reason remote control shaders can’t accomplish that goal.
How Smart Is Your Home?
Smart home technology has been incorporated into just about every home in every neighborhood, and for a good reason: people want it. Therefore, it stands to reason that those amenities I hit on above will increase demand for your property. And what is demand if not for the single, greatest driver of home sales? If you want to give your next deal the best chance of selling, don’t think twice about the items on this list.