smart home upgrades

The best smart home tech is worthwhile for your own benefit, but what about if you’re thinking of selling your home? When you’re contemplating putting your house on the market, it’s worth bearing in mind how smart tech could impact the sale and you should consider some smart home upgrades.

A T3 Sixty survey showed 40% of realtors believe smart homes sell quicker regardless of price.

An upgraded and connected home is particularly attractive to younger buyers. As millennials enter the property market en masse, it doesn’t pay to overlook the needs of this demographic.

Adding the right smart devices can help you move your property quicker while also increasing the value. Smart tech done right could boost the price by as much as 10%. Then there’s that younger generation actively prepared to pay more for a done-for-them smart home.

Today, we’ll highlight 7 smart home upgrades that will pay off later. And that payoff comes in the form of an elevated sticker price, more interested buyers and a quicker sale.

So, without further ado, we’ll highlight your best options for upgrading your connected home with a view to selling it.

7 Smart Home Upgrades That Will Pay Off Later

1) Smart Thermostat

It’s no surprise that a well-chosen smart thermostat goes down a storm with potential homebuyers.

According to that T3 Sixty survey, more than one-quarter of buyers have a strong interest in smart home energy management. With automated climate control, you can make their lives easier and much more convenient at the same time.

While Nest Learning is typically the go-to smart thermostat, we’d recommend holding fire there. You need to future-proof your investment and it’s worth seeing how the dust settles with the Google Nest rebranding.

Instead, we’d strongly suggest the fourth-generation ecobee WiFi Smart Thermostat. While it’s not exactly cheap, this is one area where you should make a strong impression. It’s senseless providing a cheap thermostat buyers will look at thinking, “That needs to go.” It defeats the intended purpose of your smart home upgrade.

If you want to go the extra mile, consider adding in some ecobee sensors for superior temperature delivery.

With robust energy monitoring and the chance for your potential homebuyers to save money on their monthly bills, this modest investment should top your list.

2) Smart Video Doorbell

You can leave full-bore smart home security up to your prospective buyers. After all, they’ll likely have specific requirements you won’t be able to second-guess.

What you can do is throw in a video doorbell. This will add a valuable extra layer of security while providing a strong first impression.

You don’t need to go OTT with the pricy Ring Video Doorbell Elite, since there are so many pocket-friendly options glutting the market. Sticking with security specialist Ring, you could opt for the Video Doorbell 2 at a much more reasonable price-point. Even the classic Video Doorbell is well worthwhile and currently up for grabs at an aggressive discount.

Video doorbells make for a great smart home upgrade since they're so easy to install and use. You can serve up your buyers with the prospect of staying connected to their home remotely without breaking the bank. This is a precious safety feature in its own right while the night vision camera makes things even more secure.

We’d suggest rolling with the battery-powered variant for the ultimate user-friendly experience.

3) Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Continuing to mine the safety angle, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors might be the last smart home upgrade you're thinking of adding to your own home. Let’s be honest, this type of smart home hardly has the glamor or enjoyment factor of Google Home Max or a smart TV. This, though, is exactly why they make a smart home upgrade that will pay off later. You’ll be delivering something to prospective buyers they can gleefully do without buying themselves.

Fires can be ruinously damaging to homes, at best involving a costly and time-consuming insurance claim. This is why it's necessary to invest in a smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

The First Alert Smoke Alarm is hardwired for maximum dependability and offers wireless integration with other alarms in the home. For a fraction more, you could consider the Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm packing a piercing 85-decibel alarm and the same wireless interoperability. You can tie these and other alarms together with the Insteon Smoke Bridge resulting in streamlined push notifications.

If you’re surprised by how little those smoke detectors cost, why not go for a final flourish with an Insteon Water Leak Sensor? With no installation required, just set it down beside any leak-prone appliances and ensure your smart home for sale is fully protected against accidents, as well as burglary.

4) Smart Lock

Another smart home upgrade that undoubtedly goes down a treat with would-be buyers is a classic smart lock.

You can make a striking impression with the tech-laden Ultraloq, one of our favorite smart lock of recent years.

Housed in a weatherproofed zinc alloy chassis, this lock will offer your buyers maximum choice with minimum fanfare. Fingerprint recognition with storage capacity for 95 sets of prints should satisfy the tech-freaks.

If your buyers have kids, they’ll appreciate the ability to unlock the Ultraloq using a touchscreen and key code. You can again add 95 codes from 4 to 8 digits so children won’t need to remember long strings of numbers. An anti-peep feature means you can enter any string of digits with the password included anywhere keeping security uppermost.

Beyond this, the lock can also be opened with a smartphone. If your buyers have elderly relatives resistant to technology, they’ll be able to rely on a physical key, meaning Ultraloq really has thought of all eventualities.

A solid, 1-year battery life and an attractive price tag completes a winning package.

5) Smart Toilet

You can use the bathroom to make a statement beyond some simple LED shower lights or a smart mirror.

The one thing your buyers will be using every day is a toilet, so why not make a smart home upgrade on that front? As with smoke detectors, this is likely not the kind of purchase buyers would be too keen on making, but something that would certainly appeal for that very reason.

While the Toto Washlet is not exactly cheap, this type of upgrade has the very real potential to add to the value of your house, so it’s not money flushed away.

And the flush on this toilet boasts 3D Tornado Technology so your buyers will be wowed by the power while only using 1.28 gallons per flush. This translates to savings of over 16,000 gallons of water a year for the average family. Not only will your buyers shave a few bucks off their utility bills, they’ll also be reducing their environmental footprint, something that's uppermost in many people’s minds.

Glazing and pre-misting keeps this toilet clean without any real user input. The lid opens and closes automatically in the true spirit of smart home technology. To ice the cake, there’s a cleaning function onboard with 5 settings and adjustable water temperature along with a heated seat and deodorizer.

The Toto proves you don’t need to spend $10,000 on a wall-hanging smart toilet to get ample intelligence. We defy any prospective buyers not to leave the house talking about the Toto. This is another upgrade that can yield massive dividends and possibly even swing the balance on a house sale.

6) Smart Shades

By installing smart shades, you can help anyone interested in buying your home save money on heating and cooling costs.

Automated shades also allow homeowners to lower and raise them remotely, giving the house the appearance of being occupied even when nobody’s home.

Smart shades are a practical and functional smart home upgrade that will cost little, but could make a significant impact on your listing.

The MySmartBlinds Automation Kit comes with an integrated solar panel as a wonderful eco-friendly touch. This kit enables you to take charge of existing blinds using either Alexa or Google Assistant although you will need the bridge to enjoy this hands-free control.

You can also schedule the blinds daily and weekly in-app on your smart phone.

Solar-powered, you’ll be giving your prospective buyers a green and sustainable smart home solution they’re sure to appreciate.

7) Smart Appliances

Our last tip for smart home upgrades that will pay off later is a targeted attack at smart appliances.

Here, you should think about budget, your intended market, and what you already have in place at home.

If you’re taking most of your own appliances with you but you want to leave some white good behind to enhance the value of your home, go smart.

According to MFE’s Concept Community Survey, next-generation appliances command the highest return on investment. You can expect an ROI of 11% more than with standard appliances.

The classic fresh bread baking and coffee brewing can undoubtedly create a strong impression on visiting buyers. You can amplify that impression with a Breville Smart Convection Oven and Air Fryer and a Ninja Smart Tea and Coffee Maker with Auto-iQ. Both are available for far less than you might think, too.

Some Bluetooth smart scales in the bathroom make another affordable impression that counts. In today’s health-conscious world, let your homebuyers keep tabs on their weight and other key body metrics the smart way.

Obviously, you don’t want to go over the top with home theater gear or a hulking smart fridge, but you can get creative with smart appliances on a budget and these small investments can tie into the work you’ve done elsewhere in the house.

You could even take this idea out into the garden by installing a smart sprinkler controller, so your buyers can automate irrigation and keep those lawns immaculate.

Final Word

We trust today’s curated list of worthwhile smart home upgrades have given you some food for thought.

You should consider all of the above tech as investments capable of yielding a significant ROI. You don’t need to spend a fortune on frivolous devices that will do little to speed up the sale or increase the price. Focus on these core basics instead and you can thank us later!

Bookmark our blog and come back soon for more handy hints and all the latest smart home news. We have a busy slate this summer and we’re targeted our guides at all experience levels, so there’s something for everyone.

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