Smart Homes 101: Boost Your Home’s Efficiency and Value

    Smart Homes 101: Boost Your Home’s Efficiency and ValueSmart homes aren’t just for techies anymore. This trend keeps growing, as more homeowners adopt technology to improve their homes’ safety, efficiency and convenience.

    So how do you incorporate smart technology into your home?

    First, let’s define what we’re talking about. I’m going to use this definition of smart devices from the folks at CNET, a website known for consumer technology news and reviews: Smart devices are “products or tools that aid in controlling a home’s functions such as lighting, temperature, security, safety and entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or with a separate automatic system within the home itself.”

    The translation: that means connected appliances and devices that make your life easier. We’re talking here about one piece of the pie known as the Internet of Things.

    How Does It Work?

    A smart home includes gadgets, systems or appliances that are connected to the Internet or a smartphone. Many of them are operated via a mobile device or a smart speaker.

    Smart home products come in all shapes and sizes — and price points. And virtually all home goods can now be bought with internet connectivity. You can tell your curtains to rise with the sun, program your coffee to start brewing on its own and set lights to turn on when you’re nearby.

    Remember that super cool home from The Jetsons — with the automatic meals and the video chatting and the robotic maid? It’s not that far-fetched anymore!

    What Can You Connect?

    Smart Homes 101: Boost Your Home’s Efficiency and ValueThe types of devices that can be connected to the internet are virtually limitless. Some of the most common smart products include:

    • Security cameras.
    • Thermostat.
    • Television and other audio or video devices.
    • Kitchen appliances, such as the refrigerator or oven.
    • Washer and dryer.
    • Light switches and light bulbs.
    • Door locks.

    In addition, there are those voice-activated digital assistants, like Google Home, Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri.

    No longer something from a sci-fi movie, these assistants can control the other connected devices. But they can do much more: They can talk with you, tell jokes and play music. They can respond to voice commands, so that means they can send text messages, make phone calls and set reminders. Basically, anything you do on a phone, you can probably ask a virtual assistant to do.

    Smart Homes Pay Off

    Yes, all these connected devices can make life easier and more convenient. That’s something a lot of Americans already know.

    CNET conducted a survey that found more than a quarter of us — 28 percent — own some kind of smart-home product. And among Millennials, that goes up to 47 percent.

    And the number of us with smart-home products will keep growing — 91 percent would recommend those devices to others, while 87 percent believe they make life easier.

    With that level of acceptance, it’s not surprising that smart tech could make a home more appealing to buyers:

    • Of those who currently own smart-home devices, 81 percent say they’d be more willing to buy a home with connected tech in place.
    • In addition, 66 percent say they’d leave their smart-home products behind if they thought their house would sell faster as a result.

    All of this “shows just how important smart-home products are becoming in making homes more saleable and valuable,” said Rich Brown, who tests smart-home products for CNET.

    If you’re thinking about adding smart devices to your home, check out the CNET reviews of all kinds of tech products.


    And if you’re considering buying or selling a home, contact me for a free consultation.  I’ve helped plenty of Northern Virginia residents through the process, and I’d be happy to help you, too!


    A lifelong resident of Northern Virginia and a top-producing real estate agent, Samantha Bendigo knows buying or selling a home is more than just a transaction — it’s a life-changing experience. Over the course of 14+ years, she has closed 500+ real estate transactions with over $100 million sold. Helping homebuyers and sellers throughout the Northern Virginia region, Samantha specializes in Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Prince William County, Fauquier County and Loudoun County. Email Samantha Bendigo at Virginia Luxury Homes today, or call 703-628-2420 to discover how you can start living in the home of your dreams.



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