Smart Technologies for Your Home

Smart Technologies for Your Vancouver Home

From automatic temperature control to remote electronic locks, Smart Home Technology is changing the way we interact with our homes. Smart home technology is growing and catching on like wildfire. Solar power, battery powered homes, smart systems are all around us. More and more homeowners are investigating new systems that save money in the long run and improve quality of life.

Even though the initial investment may be high, as more and more buyers invest in smart home technologies, prices will gradually drop as improved technologies grow. The question is when to get into the market. If you’re curious, want to support progressiveness and save money in the long run, investing in a home with smart technology is a good way to get on board. But no matter the age of the home, many technologies can be imported successfully. Here are some great cutting edge products that you may find when looking for a new home or adding in once you’ve purchased.

Belkin Electrical Switch

Research shows that there is a small electricity drain when an item is plugged into an electrical outlet. Or perhaps you’ve left the iron on one too many times and want to be sure your home is safe. This technology lets you turn off items from anywhere through your Wifi phone app. Or you could set it to turn off once it hits a set cost for the day.

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Belkin Electricity Switch- Smart Technology for Your Home

Hydrao Smart Shower Head

Did you know that a ten minute shower can use up to 50 gallons of water? This reasonably priced water powered shower head has three colour indicators to let you know how much water you’ve used. It connects through Bluetooth to your phone to show you a dashboard of water usage tools so you can stay on top of shower water consumption.

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Hydrao Smart Shower Head- Smart Technology for Your Home

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

This smart fridge has three useful tools. First are the three interior cameras that let you look inside when you’re at the grocery store or buying food, using your mobile device. Second, post your family’s calendars, notes and photos directly onto the fridge from your mobile device. Thirdly, you can stream music and video content from your Samsung TV through it.

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Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator- Smart Technology for Your Home

Honeywell Voice Thermostat

Voice controlled tools are hitting the market full speed. Honeywell has created a voice controlled Wifi smart thermostat. You can also adjust the temperature while you’re on your way home using your mobile device.

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Honeywell Voice Thermostat – Smart Technology for Your Home

iT Bed by Sleep Number

Getting a better sleep means your body rests well and self-repairs at a deeper level which is good for your longevity, overall health and mental state. The accompanying app makes suggestions for better health, tracks your heart rate, breathing and movement while you sleep so you know what to adjust. This bed also has adjustable comfort levels and temperature controls. It quantifies and qualifies your sleep so you can make improvements.

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iT Bed by Sleep Number- Smart Technology for Your Home

As a future minded Realtor, I love learning about smart home technologies. If you’re interested in buying a home with these new innovations or selling your home that has some, contact me to discuss how we can find the right home for you or to market your home to highlight these fine, futuristic assets.

For more smart home technologies check out this video:

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The Big 3: How to Sell Your Vancouver Home for More

The Big 3: How to Sell Your Vancouver Home for More

What’s the secret to selling your home for the most money, the quickest sale, and the fewest problems? I call it the “Big 3”: three attributes that consistently enable sellers of Vancouver homes to get more return on the sale.

In my opinion, they’re ConditionAvailability, and Price.

Let’s take a look at each:

  1. Condition: Get Your Home in Tip-Top Shape

This one might sound like a no-brainer to most, but you’d be surprised how often the condition of the listing is overlooked. Of course you might want a fresh paint job, to make a good first impression on the prospective home buyer who initially sees your home while driving by or in an online photo. But when I talk about “condition,” I’m talking about more than just a fresh coat of paint and new flowers in the front yard, or even having the home cleaned. To get your home in prime selling condition, the house needs to have been gone over from roof and gutters to floor (or basement, if you have one).

Think about all those items on your “to-do” list that you’ve been putting off for a while. I’ll bet a few of them have to do with simple home repairs. Try to walk into your home with fresh eyes (and nose!) and ask: “How would someone else see and smell my house?” A good real estate professional will be able to help guide you, and even provide you with checklists, to help you through this process.

  1. Availability: Be Flexible

A good way to help ensure that your home fetches a good price is to maximize its availability to be shown. This can be a challenge: Everyone’s busy these days, and if you’re still occupying the home while trying to sell it, things can get especially hectic. Trying to keep the house “showing ready” can be difficult — especially if you have pets. Unfortunately, if buyers can’t get in to see your home, it’s unlikely they’ll make an offer or even try to schedule another showing.

  1. Price: Pricing It Right = Selling It Faster and for More Money

Remember, this is your home. Based on the information provided by your real estate agent, you’ll need to determine a compelling market position for your home. Your agent should show you a range of prices being paid for similar homes in your area. Ask not only for a comparative market analysis (CMA), but also a list of comparable active, pending, and sold properties. This will tell you what buyers have purchased for, the price at which they made an offer, and lastly, how your home will measure up to the competition. Knowing the value of your home is important, a quick market analysis of your property value might help get you started. Keep in mind nothing takes the place of an experienced agent evaluating your home to specifically identify what would be defined by the appraiser and buyers as comparable. The biggest secret to getting the most money and the quickest sale with the fewest problems is to price-position your home properly from the start.

There are many things you can do to help get your home sold quickly. Check out my  Marketing Plan for more valuable information and tips!