How Home Automation Improvements Can Increase Your Property Value
A smart home uses the Internet and connected devices to monitor and manage different
aspects of the home. By making your home smart, you are allowing the remote or automatic
operation of appliances and other gadgets in your house. Homebuyers are attracted to the
added safety, convenience, control and money savings that home automation provides and are
often willing to pay more for a home with these features.
Adding smart home features could give you a real edge in the market. Here’s how you may be able to boost your home’s property value (homes in Pittsburgh sell for an average price of $207,000) by making an investment in some home automation improvements.
Are you ready to learn more? DTSH Interiors presents this guide to home automation
improvements, which can help you boost the value of your property!
Home Automation Makes Your House Safer
Safety is a top concern of homebuyers and one of the biggest reasons that people want smart
home devices. Security automation allows various devices to work together to monitor your
people to check in on their homes when they’re away and receive a notification in real-time if
there’s a break-in. These devices involve smart door locks, video doorbells (can be purchased
on Amazon for under $100), and remote garage door controls. Other devices can automate your
lighting and shades, making your home appear occupied when you’re off the property. Smart
water sensors, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors can also alert you to problems
in your home no matter where you are, allowing you to act immediately to prevent damage to
According to RealtyTimes, these safety upgrades are huge selling points for any buyer. From
people who travel regularly to families with small children, automated security systems provide
invaluable peace of mind to homeowners. A security system not only prevents costly damage to
the home and possessions, but it also allows buyers to save up to 20 percent on their home
Smart Homes Use Less Energy
Homebuyers are also attracted to the idea of saving money on energy bills. Smart thermostats
can adjust the temperature of a room automatically based on how many people are in it. This
prevents owners from using energy to heat or cool a room when it's unoccupied. On top of this, water-efficient washing machines can cut out 13 gallons of water from every wash while energy-efficient LED bulbs use up to 80 percent less energy. By programming lights to turn off when
you leave a room and dim at certain times of the day, you can reduce electricity usage even
more without having to think about it!
Many homeowners are integrating their home automation technology with solar panels to
reduce overall energy usage. Although they come with a significant charge up front, you’ll be
able to save thousands of dollars on energy bills in the long run. And, when it comes time to
sell, BoomTown notes that a solar energy system can add up to $15,000 to your home’s selling
Homebuyers Are Looking for Convenience
Most homebuyers, especially millennials, are looking for houses designed for convenience. This
is where home automation is attractive, allowing homeowners to control music, lights, blinds,
locks and thermostats without leaving the comfort of their sofa.
With the relevant connected appliances, you can command your washing machine or robotic
vacuum to start doing chores while you’re away. Plus, installing smart plugs throughout the
house can prevent you from having to return home if you leave a hair iron or coffee pot plugged
in. Smart appliances, like a fridge that displays its contents or an oven that cooks food to
perfection, have a return on investment (ROI) of about 11 percent higher than standard
appliances when upgrading a home for sale.
A whopping 80 percent of homebuyers want a home equipped with smart technology. Not only
do people want to make their lives safer, easier and cheaper, they are also interested in
supporting the environment by reducing their water usage and carbon footprint. Many smart
home improvements provide a better ROI than bathroom or kitchen remodels. Find out how
much homes are selling for in your area to get an idea of what you could make after
implementing some of these home automation upgrades.