Investing in smart home tech that reduces the cost of utilities or makes it safer might be worth the cost. You’re practically living in the age of the Jetsons. Minus Rosie and the flying car, your house could take on a pretty close resemblance to the futuristic abode of your cartoon dreams. From a thermostat that gets to know your preferences to a fridge that tells you when you’re low on milk, there are some cool conveniences available. You may have even heard that you can increase the value of your home by installing a few pieces of smart technology.

Before you rush out to buy an array of smart home tech, keep in mind that not all investments see a return, and some may end up costing you more in the end. Take a look at a few considerations about trying to boost the value of your home with these gadgets:

Does the tech require you to sign a contract? If you’re thinking of selling your home in the next couple of years, you might steer away from any tech that comes with a contract. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay it out when you move.

If it’s new construction, go for the upgrade. Installing smart features into new home construction is a growing trend, and if you think you’ll live there for a while, this investment will pay off. Look for items that lower energy bills or increase the security of the home.

What’s valuable to you may not wow a buyer. On the other hand, if you’re contemplating a sale in the near future, consider the value of your potential tech investments. Think about whether those remote-control mini blinds or the video doorbell are items that will move the needle when it comes to getting the best possible price on your home.

That said, while a computerized toilet may not draw a buyer, it may aid in the perception of a home with smart tech as one that’s been tended with a lot of care. Dani Beyer Real Estate can help you stage your home in a way that highlights the best features of your home and how its been well-maintained over the years.

When in doubt, invest in energy savers and safety features. There are a few clear winners in the eyes of a potential home buyer. Any appliances that use tech to reduce energy consumption generally attract the eye of a buyer, as well as an integrated security system.

Put your tech on your closing checklist. Before you turn over the keys, contact the smart tech providers to ensure that your accounts have been closed and your personal information is not available to the new owners.

Talk with our team at Dani Beyer Real Estate to identify a few ways to increase the value of your home, either for an upcoming sale or simply to make an investment in your home. Contact us for more ideas about how to get the best possible price on your home sale. | + posts