On the Market- Secure Your Home and Make It More Appealing

Dated: 10/11/2019

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Thanks to new technology, researching and buying a new home is easier than ever. The same computer systems and internet connectivity that have streamlined the buying process have also made homes safer and more accessible. Today’s buyers have grown accustomed to being surrounded by smart products, and high-tech security devices are no exception. In fact, buyers tend to want difficult-to-install technology in place, and things like smart lighting and connected home security can sway their choice... and their budget.


Smart home, smart move


Smart homes are all the rage and for good reason. Devices that simplify and automate our lives, including how we secure our property, can enhance our quality of living. But what is a smart home? According to Home Advisor, it simply means a house with systems and devices that operate intuitively. One example would be smart door sensors, which can alert you via smartphone app if someone is at your door. Other smart technologies that lend well to home safety include motion-sensor lighting and security systems.


If your home runs on natural gas, your buyers may also be interested in knowing whether you have a smart leak detector. During the day, you can smell natural gas thanks to the inclusion of mercaptan, a harmless substance that smells a bit like rotten eggs. You can’t smell it when you sleep, however, so an audible alarm is the only way to detect a leak once you settle in for slumber.


Benefits of home automation


When it comes to the buying and selling process, having your home decked out with smart features can make it more appealing. Buyers are often willing to pay a premium for the convenience. Nationally, it will cost you around $987 to install a home automation system, although individual devices may be as little as $100, while a full-hardwired system can set you back $3,000 or more. SmartSecurityBlog.com estimates that 28 percent of new homebuyers plan to install a video doorbell – having this in place can bump your property up their list of possibilities.


Smart security valuable because it helps people stay connected to their homes. And with instances of “porch piracy” growing every year, having cameras and other security measures in place can help protect homeowners from theft in broad daylight --  at the very least, capturing the act on video can assist in tracking down the culprit. It’s not just package thieves that are deterred by security features, either. REO Link notes that nine out of 10 burglars bypass homes with an alarm system and six out of 10 reconsider when security cameras are visible.


Other measures that matter


Smart security remains at the forefront of buyer wish lists. However, there are many other ways to protect your home while making it more attractive to buyers. Landscaping is a good place to start. Keep bushes trimmed since overgrowth makes the perfect hiding spot for unwanted visitors. If your home is fenced, consider adding a locking gate. If you don’t already have the perimeter secured, a six-foot privacy fence may deter trespassers, according to U.S. News & World Report. Allstate explains that reinforcing doors and windows can also improve home security. When combined with smart features, these and other security measures show your buyers the home is likely safe and has been well taken care of.


Overall, smart home technology that enhances both the convenience and the security of a property is a valuable asset. Full systems are an investment that can increase your home’s value while smaller devices, such as a video doorbell or motion-activated floodlights, may help you sell faster. For these reasons, it makes sense to bring your home into the 21st century before it hits the MLS.

Article provided by Alice Robertson with Tidy Home.

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