Tech Upgrades

Instead of fumbling around for one of many remote controls, simply use your tablet or phone to turn on the TV. Or, forget about the remote altogether – some of the most advanced in-home entertainment solutions now come with voice-controlled interfaces. (Photo courtesy: AVCrafters).

Jennifer Egbert, Porchlight Real Estate Group

Jennifer Egbert, Porchlight
Real Estate Group

BOULDER – Since the invention of the washing machine in 1904, home automation – now commonly called smart home technology – has rapidly and continuously grown, both in popularity and sophistication. Today’s smart homes feature carefully integrated devices and systems that allow modern homeowners to control many in-home functions with just a tap of their smartphones. We spoke with Dana Solomon of AVCrafters to get the inside scoop on which technological upgrades not only make your life easier, but increase the value of your property

Lighting
Solomon says that lighting control is among the most common features people want to upgrade in their homes. Many companies like his design and install complete setups, making the transition from traditional to high-tech headache-free. Like smart thermostats, smart lighting systems enable homeowners to control the ambience and energy consumption of their living spaces, making them both more comfortable and
eco-friendly.

Tech upgrades

By utilizing a simple user interface that responds in real-time, systems like Nest’s give you total control over the temperature in your home, so you never have to worry about accidentally leaving the AC on all day again. (Photo courtesy: AVCrafters).

Temperature Control
You’ve probably heard of Nest, a company best known for their smart thermostats. These can be controlled with an app from virtually any mobile device, cutting down on heating and cooling costs and allowing homeowners to conserve energy while they’re away. By utilizing a simple user interface that responds in real-time, systems like Nest’s give you total control over the temperature in your home, so you never have to worry about accidentally leaving the AC on
all day again.

Entertainment
Play your favorite song instantly in any room of the house, tell your AI assistant to rent that film you’ve been dying to see, and stream all your shows easily from the comfort of your couch. State-of-the-art entertainment systems make relaxation, well, relaxing. Instead of fumbling around for one of many remote controls, simply use your tablet or phone to turn on the TV. Or, forget about the remote altogether – some of the most advanced in-home entertainment solutions now come with voice-controlled interfaces.

Security
Today’s finest security systems offer more than just motion sensors and alarms. Many owners of high-tech homes find peace of mind by installing an array of indoor and outdoor security cameras, which can be monitored remotely from enabled devices. Additionally, systems such as those offered by Loxone can detect disasters like fires and floods, and can even deter burglars by making it appear as though you’re home when you’re on vacation.

Modern smart home upgrades are designed to integrate seamlessly into your lifestyle, without adding stress or overtaking your life. These technologies are only improving as we enter 2018, and fully wired smart homes are valued much more highly than their traditional counterparts. But even if you don’t plan on selling, tech upgrades are an excellent investment: finding pleasure and comfort in your living space holds the greatest value of all.

By Jennifer Egbert, Porchlight Real Estate. Jennifer is a Realtor at Porchlight Real Estate Group and specializes in Luxury neighborhoods, home builders and current market conditions. To learn more about the Boulder real estate market, visit jenniferegbert.com, e-mail jennifer@jenniferegbert.com or call 303.619.3373.