Smart Devices And Smart Homes: How To Approach Home Automation

February 22nd, 2019 - by Brad Gillespie

As home technology becomes more advanced, more and more people are looking to integrate it into their property.

In fact, recent stats suggest that 40% of Australian homes are now equipped with smart devices, a trend that’s set to balloon over the next five years. So where should you start with home automation and how far should you go if you're looking to add value to your property?

Let’s take a look at the home automation trend and what it means for the apartments and terraces of Sydney’s inner city.

What’s in the home automation market now and what’s to come?

At the moment, the smart device market is dominated by voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Siri. Most smartphone users are already familiar with these assistants, so they’re an easy starting point for creating a tech-enabled home.

But it’s what those assistants can connect to that has the greatest power. By connecting one of these voice-activated hubs to a range of smart devices around the property, homeowners can control their power usage, lighting, sounds and more. Some devices can also be operated with a smartphone.

Common smart devices on the market now include:

  • Wifi speakers
  • Smart light bulbs
  • Thermostat controls
  • Controlled blinds
  • Keyless entry to the property
  • Smart TVs and refrigerators

We expect these devices to take off quickly, giving us even more control over our home devices and appliances. We’ll also soon see the rise of new devices, such as smart mirrors that display videos, breaking news or even your work calendar, as well as others that we can’t yet imagine.

How to do automation on a budget

You can add basic automation to your home - such as an Amazon Alexa or Google Play for under $100. These smart speakers are the foundation of a functional smart home, allowing you to control lighting, sound, smart appliances and security systems with your voice. Smart light bulbs, Wi-Fi speakers and thermostat controls are also affordable and high-impact.

You can also save cash by starting small: instead of changing the light bulbs in every room, start by adding them just to the rooms you spend the most time in. There might also be times where you can add a device to your existing appliances instead of buying something brand-new, so do your research to uncover all the options.

Our advice is to focus on convenience and efficiency. Think about what will actually make a difference to your life, not on how interesting the gadgets are.

For instance, if you’re plagued by high power bills, a simple utility monitor might do the trick, or even a smart thermostat to control heating and cooling. If you’re concerned about security, install a smart video doorbell.

When you break it down this way, you’ll probably find that you don’t need as many devices as you originally thought, then you can always add more later if needed.

It’s still early days for smart devices and most are still first generation. There will be plenty of improvement and new technology on the horizon. By starting slow, you’ll be able to gradually add devices you know will work well together and meet your needs, saving you a lot of money and hassle in the long run.

Do smart devices affect property prices?

Well-thought-out home automation systems are already popular with buyers, and their fondness for automation will only continue to increase as technology becomes more integrated into our daily lives.

Any useful feature that helps a property stand out can make more buyers interested. In fact, inner-city buyers in the luxury category now often expect some level of home automation, like this apartment in Rosebery.

In the future, buyers will increasingly expect this kind of automation, regardless of their price point.

For the moment, however, we suggest you focus on solutions that will actually make your life easier and more enjoyable.

If it truly adds value to your experience in the property, there’s a good chance it will appeal to more buyers when it’s time to sell.

Want to know how to add automation to appeal to your target market?

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