Why Smart Homes are Safe (and Easy to Sell)
Posted by Grace Theriot on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 10:15 AM By Grace Theriot / October 6, 2016 Comment
Recent technological upgrades have given homeowners access to the coolest innovations that improve home safety. And because of this, home buyers tend to prefer looking at homes with smart security features installed. Here are the most common smart home safety features you should have installed before selling in order to attract a lot of buyers:
- Smart door locks and keyless entry systems- provides secure and exclusive access only to authorized personnel and property owners. Access to the property is controlled, even if the home owner is not in the premises. Some products also have a recording feature to monitor traffic at home.
- Video doorbells- entry systems that allow homeowners to remotely converse with whoever is at the other side of the door without actually having to be in the premises. Video is streamed to your phone, and you can even take pictures of the person outside the door and auto-send it to authorities if you feel that something is off.
- Motion sensors- Useful for new construction, vacant homes, or any kind of home with an outgoing owner. For homes that stand empty for a certain period of time, motion sensors are a good installation because they alert you when someone has gained access to the property without consent. You no longer have to worry about going home to a presumed-empty house only to find a dangerous intruder waiting for you.
- Door and window monitors- perfect for home owners with active lifestyles; with door and window monitors that feature auto-alarm messages that go to your phone, you no longer have to worry about forgetting to leave the door/window open or unlocked; door and window movement can also be monitored by an installed track app in your phone.
- Smart lighting and entertainment systems- they aren't just good for impressing guests. Smart home systems also program the automatic on-off of lighting systems, making your home appear occupied even if you are on vacation.
- A tech-savvy home makes it vulnerable to hackers, but steps can be taken to mitigate risk.
- Wi-Fi networks should never be used to operate smart devices that control your smart home features.
- Always make use of a Virtual Private Network or VPN if it is unavoidable to tap into an unsecure Wi-Fi connection.
- When using smart systems, ALWAYS use a difficult number-alphabet(-symbol) character combination. Give hackers a hard time, or discourage them altogether.