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Is Building a SMART Home a SMART Choice For You?

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In Silicon Valley, we are consumed with technology. On a daily basis, new products are hitting the market claiming to be faster and smarter than the rest, often with the promise of making your life easier. You need to carefully evaluate the tech bells and whistles available for your home build and make sure you are not installing systems that will go out of date quickly, thus diminishing the resale value of your home. You should also consider what would truly be useful, and what will fit in the overall aesthetics of your home? A modern looking silver and white doorbell with a built-in camera may sound exciting, but will it fit with your Spanish style exterior? Here are a few other questions to consider before adding technology to your build.

Are you always gearing up with the latest in technology?
If you enjoy your tech gadgets and wouldn’t mind a few more to play with, a SMART home might be right for you. Keep in mind that unlike a cell phone that you can easily swap out, when technology changes it could get expensive and time consuming to upgrade many of these items.

Do you like control?
Being able to turn on and off lights remotely might not be important for everyone, but if you like to have constant control a Smart Home may be a great option for you.

Are you tech savvy?
Like all electronics, built in tech options may need maintenance or repair. Understanding how to fix items on your own and having a good warranty will be crucial in saving time and headaches down the road.

Are you concerned with hacking?
At the end of the day, the more electronics we use the more opportunity there is for others to hack into our systems. Assess the security put into place by SMART product companies to keep this from happening. If you are still worried, smart tech might not be a good fit for you.

What is more important to you- form or function?
If you answered form, then you should consider how these products will look with the overall design style of your home. As mentioned earlier, a very modern looking system can look out of place with a Mediterranean style home.

What will your return on investment be?
If you are looking to sell your home in 10 years will this add value or decrease value? Will you need to replace it by that time?

BOTTOM LINE
Do your homework first before investing in SMART technology.

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