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Improve Your Life (and Your Home's Value) With Automation

Incorporating smart home gadgetry into your home makes daily living simpler and more comfortable. It also has the potential to raise the value of your property (Canton homes are currently selling for a median price of $159,000). Here's a quick guide to electronically upgrading your home.

Front Door
According to criminologists, there are approximately 2.5 million burglaries every year. Having a security system in place decreases the odds that you'll become a victim. Besides identifying unwanted visitors, many are able to detect carbon monoxide. Video doorbells are another effective form of home security. On top of letting you know who's outside, you can speak directly to visitors. You can let friends know you'll be down to greet them or tell delivery people where to drop a package. The addition of night vision video makes monitoring activity possible at any hour.

Living Room
If you're like most people, you spend a lot of time in your living room. Smart bulbs make changing the atmosphere as easy as opening an app on your phone. You can dim the lights, set them to turn on and off at specific times, and change their color with a few taps. Another idea is to install remote-controlled shades or curtains. When it's movie time, you can darken your home theater without getting up. Speaking of which, entertainment smart hubs allow you to set and manage recordings remotely.

Does listening to music make it easier for you to fall asleep? Sleep experts will tell you that you aren't the only one. Speakers can be installed into walls, or you can set up a wireless speaker. Make sure you have a strong Wi-Fi connection that's suitable for internet radio. Incorporate a smart thermostat into your bedroom for the most comfortable sleep experience. One can be pre-set to hit certain temperatures at specific times. This is especially welcome during seasons where there’s a lot of temperature fluctuations between morning, noon, and night. Smart thermostats with speech-recognition allow you to make adjustments without leaving your bed.

Burst pipes and faulty water heaters cause havoc. Water leak sensors alert you to flooding. Pooling water needs to be eliminated prior to mold developing. Moisture sensors tell you when there's standing water or dampness within walls. An early-detection phone alert gives you the opportunity to fix the problem before it develops into a more costly issue. Even better, these sensors can be integrated with other home control systems so that sources of leaks are shut off automatically.

If you have a pool, purchase a motion sensor that immediately alerts you if a child or non-swimmer falls in. It's always better to be safe than sorry. Dogs love running around outside, and it's convenient having a doggy door that lets them leave on their own. To prevent the entry of nighttime critters, install an electronic fencing system that locks after a particular hour.

Advances in technology can be used to make houses more livable and raise their value. Investigate the array of options available and transform your home into a modern marvel that's the envy of your neighborhood.

Ready to sell your home or buy a new one? Real estate professional Scott Day has the experience and expertise to handle all your real estate needs! 330.936.5624