People are up and moving this summer. Tourist seasons might be taking a hit, but people are still moving to new homes. Whether it’s because people have new jobs, or they’re young couples moving into a new home for the first time, the real estate industry is still making sales. Whenever you move into a new home, there’s a lot of work to do. You’ve got to clean it up, fix up any problems you find, and move all your stuff in. While you’re doing all this work, consider some useful tech upgrades.
1. Smart Locks
It’s a good idea to change your locks when you move into a new home. It ensures that the previous owners can’t sneak in when you’re not home, and neither can anyone they might have given a key. Since you’re going to be changing the locks, why not get a smart lock system?
Integrating your lock with a smart home hub is a great way to make sure your doors are locked. Just lock or unlock your doors from your phone. Wake up in the middle of the night to a loud bump? Check your phone to make sure the doors are locked without having to get out of bed. Leave the house and aren’t sure you remembered to lock it? Lock up from your phone! You can also integrate a smart lock to a home security system and even get alerts sent directly to your phone if someone tries to force the lock.
2. Security Systems
Speaking of home security, if you’re worried about burglars, a home security system is one of the most effective deterrents according to safewise.com. Loud alarms draw attention from anyone around the neighborhood. Moreover, most modern alarm systems automatically send notifications if triggered and some even have the ability to call the police for you. To make the most of it, it’s best to post signs provided by security companies informing people that your house is guarded by a security system. If burglars see that the house has an alarm, they’re likely to look elsewhere.
While an alarm system is the best deterrent, it’s not the only possibility. Home Advisor has a list of ways to reduce the chance of burglary. The good news? Most of the tips don’t cost you anything!
3. Outdoor Lighting
We’ve talked about security a lot so far. Lighting really isn’t a good security measure, but that’s no reason not to have it. Motion sensors for outdoor lighting isn’t all that expensive and it’s a good idea to be able to see where you’re going. With proper motion sensors, the lights will come on whenever anyone comes within range. This makes accidents in the darkness a thing of the past. By integrating into your smart home hub, you can even activate or deactivate it with an app on your phone.
4. Energy Savers
Saving money on energy is one of the best ways to keep your bills down. There’s a lot of ways to reduce energy usage and this is especially important for older homes. Older homes have outdated power grids, poor heating or air conditioning systems, and a lot of power hogging utilities. It’s a good idea to have them examined and upgraded to make them more efficient – and less expensive to use.
To save even more money, you can integrate them with smart technology. A smart thermostat can measure the temperature of your house and turn the heater or air conditioner off when it reaches the desired temperature, keeping them from running up the power bill. If you integrate with your smart home hub, you can even control them from apps. That way, you can leave them off while you know everyone will be out of the house. No reason to heat or cool a house with no one in it, right?
These upgrades can be a bit expensive, but they save you a lot of money in the long run, so they’re worth it. Whether buying an older home, or building a new one, it’s definitely something you should get.
We Can Set You Up!
At Rapture Audio, we specialize in “Helpful Home” upgrades. There are so many possibilities to make your life more convenient and enjoyable. Whether it’s home cinema equipment, smart home security, or just nifty gadgets to integrate with your smart hub, we can help you get set up.
If you’re looking to upgrade your living experience to a new level, get in touch with us today!