From smart thermostats to remotely controlled showers, connected homes are all the rage for today’s homeowners – and a must-have for many looking to make a purchase, providing the opportunity to boost your profit when you sell. If you’re looking to put your house on the market, here are some of the latest and greatest smart home upgrades to have on your radar.
A Hands-Free Faucet
Imagine the convenience of having a kitchen faucet turn water on or off, without a touch. Faucets with hands-free technology, such as Moen’s MotionSense Wave single-sensor models, allow users to easily activate the faucet with the wave of a hand. Perfect for when your hands are too full or messy to turn on the faucet, the technology also helps to minimize the spread of dirt and germs, since there’s no need to touch the faucet to start the flow of water. It’s just the type of smart upgrade sure to attract house hunters of all ages – and easy on the wallet, with options available for under $300.
Your thermostat is responsible for half your energy bill – more than appliances and electronics – so it’s important to choose one wisely. Consider installing a smart thermostat. Not only do they learn what temperature you like, they also can save energy by turning heating and cooling on and off as needed, based on the weather outside, your home’s energy profile and more. Potential homebuyers will love the energy savings, as well as the ability to control the thermostat from anywhere with their smartphone, laptop or tablet.
A Digital Shower
An updated bathroom is one of the biggest selling points for a potential buyer. If you’re planning a renovation, enhancing your space with a digital shower can make a big difference for your family now and for future homebuyers. To provide the ultimate in personalization, select a system such as U by Moen, a next-generation Wi-Fi/cloud-based digital shower, which offers mobile connectivity and allows users to precisely set shower temperature and flow with an in-shower digital controller, or from the smartphone app. Plus, it also can be voice activated with products like Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and the Google Assistant for a connected home experience.
Flo by Moen
Smart plumbing devices help make a home more efficient, alert users to potential issues and offer peace of mind. One example is Flo by Moen, a smart water valve that gives homeowners the power to monitor, control and conserve water in the home via their smart phone. Flo by Moen is comprised of a Wi-Fi connected device that’s installed on the main water supply line going into the home and connected to a smartphone app. It calculates water pressure, flow rate and temperature within the home’s water supply system while using artificial intelligence to differentiate normal water use from abnormal use and can help detect water leaks, some as small as a single drop per minute. Flo by Moen’s temperature sensors provide early warnings if water in the home’s water supply system is approaching freezing, helping to avoid burst pipes. In the instance a catastrophic issue is detected, the system can be set to automatically shut off the water to protect the home from flooding with water.
By swapping just one or two items – like your thermostat or your builder-grade kitchen faucet – you can achieve a sleek, smart home. And while the return on investment varies for each product, they’re all sure to appeal to tech-loving home buyers whenever you choose to sell.