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Smart Home Updates for Sellers - Remerica Hometown REALTORS®

If you're planning to sell your home in the near future, you're probably in fix-it-up mode to help ensure that you can sell your home quickly and at the best possible price. If so, chances are good that you have already been given all the standard advice on making your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers, such as cleaning, painting, and staging.

However, while these things are still very important in making your best sale, today's homebuyers are looking for more. They tend to be very technology-oriented, and for these buyers, smart home features are a big selling point as they peruse Ann Arbor homes for sale. So what upgrades should you consider to ensure your home makes the smart home grade?

Smart Security

Smart security features are a great way to make your home more appealing to today's tech-savvy homebuyers. Features that can make your home stand out from the crowd of other homes on the market include:

  • Video doorbells – These handy gadgets offer a bird's eye view of any activity around your front door. Most have sensors that detect movement, which trigger them to record video of that activity. Alerts can be sent to your phone, which allows you to view the video, enabling remote monitoring of your home.

  • WiFi-connected security cameras – Smart security cameras also allow homeowners to monitor activity around their homes remotely, viewing video on their smartphones.

  • Smart locks – Smart locks make home security easier by allowing remote locking/unlocking via smartphone, automated locking/unlocking upon leaving or coming home, and many come with the capability to provide digital keys to give guests or service employees access to the home.

  • Smart smoke/carbon monoxide detectors – These detectors can send an alert to your phone when they are triggered, to provide peace of mind when you are away from home, and inform you via smartphone alerts when their batteries need replacing.

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting fixtures and bulbs are features that appeal to many of today's homebuyers since they can enhance both energy efficiency and home security. These allow lights to be switched on, brightened or dimmed remotely, via smartphones and other wireless devices, or to be activated on a schedule. This eliminates the need to fumble for light switches in a dark garage or home when coming home at night or leave lights on while away to avoid such situations.

Smart Thermostats

These inexpensive gadgets offer a lot of benefits in terms of comfort and energy efficiency. They can be adjusted remotely, via smartphones and other wireless devices, and many can automatically adjust temperatures when you leave to save energy, then readjust them when you return home for your comfort.

For more information on smart home features and upgrades that may be a good investment for you as you prepare to sell your home, please feel free to contact us. Our REALTORS® are very knowledgeable about what appeals to buyers in our local markets, and we're always happy to help homesellers in any way we can.