By: Kimberly Gomes
When it comes to interior trends, convenience is everything. From phone-controlled crock-pots to finger-compatible locks luxury homeowners are simplifying their lives with supreme technology. Smart systems, a rising trend in the Danville, Alamo, Blackhawk, and San Ramon areas, have become a strong preference amongst high-end buyers.
“When selling a luxury home, a smart system is almost always expected these days. It is a very common question for the buyer to ask, ‘what kind of system does the home have?’” says Julie Dudum Del Santo, Broker and owner of Dudum Real Estate Group.
Today’s automated systems allow homeowners to control nearly everything from lighting and pools to security and HVAC systems. Whether residents are on vacation across the globe, or in the comfort of their own home, these smart phone-compatible systems epitomize practical luxury.
Customizable automated systems allow users to dictate how, when, and why a device should react. These hubs often serve as an on-hand alert system, notifying residents about minor issues, like water leaks, that become headaches when left unattended. NuBryte, a relatively standard, yet affordable system, alerts residents of unexpected entrances and views possible intruders through a built-in camera. Insteon, another smart hub kit turns on lights upon entering a room, and even leaves messages on a home console to notify family members if you’re running late. While each system varies, the common thread is on-call detection, enhancing security and preventable repairs.
“Most buyers usually add on or enhance the system to meet their own personal needs upon move in,” says Julie. “Although the cost can get excessive, the convenience, comfort, and safety features one can have right at their fingertips are not only remarkable; they are truly worth every bit. It’s often like looking into the future, and then living it.”
Home automation also helps homeowners preserve water and energy via technology. Nest’s digital thermostats have become relatively standard throughout Bay Area homes.
These sleek devices significantly lower electricity, heating and cooling bills by setting thermostats from their phone, ensuring ideal temperatures upon arrival.
Drought-conscious residents can utilize smart systems like WallyHome to pinpoint the origin of leaks. Sensors are attached to water-prone places like toilets, sinks, and faucets and send an alert to the main hub when excess drip occurs. It also indicates the temperature and humidity in these areas, helping residents stay one step ahead of unwanted mold.
Effect on Sales Price
In a region that’s renowned for its tech-savvy occupants, smart systems definitely influence market value. While home automation capabilities are constantly advancing, properties with top-tier smart systems undoubtedly increase their potential sale price. Those who aren’t looking to invest in over the top hubs have plenty of basic options that can improve a home’s worth when it comes time to sell.
“Smart systems are so prevalent that they can even influence market value. If the home has a basic system, it may not add that much. However, it can certainly detract from the value if a home is lacking a smart system altogether,” says Julie.
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