In the last ten to fifteen years technology has evolved rapidly where it is now a large part of our homes. Today it seems like almost everything in the home has had a technological makeover, from smart fridges to voice control televisions. Incorporating tech into your home can be a great way to add value, whether it’s to potential renters or buyers. Here we will look at ways to bring new technologies into your house with the aim of boosting its value.
What is a Smart Home?
Smart home is a relatively recent term which is coming into much more frequent use. Smart home technology is part of what is termed the ‘internet of things’ which is technology that can communicate with one another via an internet connection. The importance of this kind of technology in the home is growing exponentially with buyers and renters now almost expecting it to be preinstalled when looking for a home.
Smart Home Tech and the Cloud
Smart home tech relies on the cloud to communicate and share/back-up data. The cloud, or cloud computing, is the term used to describe the delivery of software, data and data storage remotely via an internet connection. The likes of Netflix, Now TV and Alexa all heavily rely on cloud technology, with many potential renters and buyers expecting this technology to already be in place.
What Smart Home Tech to Install?
As mentioned, Netflix and Alexa are now commonplace. Including televisions which can easily connect to the internet and access the likes of Netflix is, although small, an added selling point. Installing Alexa and having it synced up to other smart devices can be a huge selling point. Alexa is voice controlled and therefore any tech synced with it can also be voice controlled, including your heating – syncing it with the likes of Nest – your lighting and your other tech. Installing this kind of technology isn’t complicated but can really put your home ahead of all the others for sale or rent.
How Safe is Cloud Technology?
One of the biggest obstacles for people when it comes to installing smart tech is the question: how secure and safe is it? When cloud technology first started to grow in popularity it was going through a teething stage, meaning it was vulnerable to cyber-attack. Over the years there have been some very controversial and widely-publicised attacks, such as the attack on Apple cloud. However, many companies have since invested millions into advancing this tech and making it as secure as possible. In fact, Andre Pienaar, owner of C5 Capital, which invests heavily in cloud computing companies, said in an interview last year, “when we started investing in cloud-based companies at C5 many people saw the cloud as a blocker for cybersecurity. Now we say that The Cloud is part of the solution.”
Increasing the Value of Your Home
It’s important that the main reason you invest in tech for your home is for your own personal enjoyment. However, adding smart tech can be a great way to add value to your property and put it leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Whether you’re planning on listing on Airbnb, selling or going the more traditional renting route, smart tech is the future for homes.