Keeping Up with Smart Homes In The Twin Cities

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It seems almost everything is connected these days. Want to check the temperature of your oven from outside? See how much milk you have in the refrigerator from the market? It’s possible! You can now control almost every aspect of your home from your smartphone. Yet with all this connectivity, you need a powerful internet network. If you’ve suddenly realized you have “dead spaces,” then it might be time to consider a mesh network.

A basic WIFI network relies on the antennae of the router to reach all the connected devices. A mesh network uses a series of access devices that connect to the main hub and each other – forming a mesh of coverage. This helps eliminate the dead spaces because, in essence, you are creating overlapping wireless zones.

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Smart devices benefit from the mesh network system. Unlike extenders that have their own identity, every device in a mesh network has the same name. This provides seamless coverage as smart products move between connectors. For example, items such as camera systems or multiple thermostats stay on the same network, allowing them to better coordinate with each other.

The smarter our homes become, the greater the strain on our internet connections. Mesh networks are just one way to ensure the best possible coverage throughout your home and property. Smart products are only valuable when they are online.

Is the Investment to Make your Minneapolis St Paul Home a “Smart Home” Worth it for Resale?

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Over the past few years, smart technology has really blossomed into a huge market. With more-and-more devices offering connectivity and lower prices, almost all households have some kind of smart device in their home. While some smart devices are simply “nice to have,” many can actually increase the value of the home; if you are considering a move in the future, learning which smart upgrades will increase your home’s value is important.

Here are a few of the best smart home upgrades:

Smart Thermostats – Energy saving smart thermostats can sense when the home is occupied and vacant to control the temperature while saving energy costs.
Smart Smoke Detectors and Security Systems – Life saving smart security can alert you and the authorities automatically if there is a problem in the home.
Smart Door Locks – Either as part of the security system or stand alone, smart door locks allow you to control access to your home. Using Wi-Fi to unlock doors remotely and program unique codes for family, guests, housekeepers etc., you will always know by whom and when your home is accessed.
Smart Moisture Sensor – Mold has become a huge problem. Smart moisture sensors detect water leaks, humidity and temperature changes to protect your home from moisture damage.

These are just a few of the great smart home products available to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Most starting under $250, these smart choices will not only protect your home, but add value when listing for sale.

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How to Turn Your Minneapolis-St Paul Home or Condo into a Smart Home Ideas

Your smart phone is probably your very best friend — the close personal assistant that you can rely on majority of the time. But have you ever thought of having a smart home? There’s new technology being released daily that can improve the functionality and efficiency of your home, and many of these devices have a direct impact on your own quality of life. Beyond that, if your Minneapolis-St Paul condo or home is a smart home, it may possibly increase in value as well.

Here’s a few smart technology devices that can help transform your Minneapolis condo or home into a smart home: 

Smart Security System

These security systems sync with your Wi-Fi connection in order to provide you with pivotal data regarding the safety of your home at any time of day. You can always check in from your own device. Motion detectors, window sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors and a central hub are just a few of the features that are included on the average smart security system. 

Virtual Assistant

Imagine having your own personal assistant available to you at any time. If you aren’t a celebrity, this likely seems out of the realm of possibility. Enter the virtual assistant. You can speak to this smart hub, ask questions, make requests and control many of the smart devices in your home. 

Smart Thermostat

Forget the programmable thermostat — a smart thermostat learns your habits and adjusts the temperature of your home accordingly. What is really helpful is that you can even control your thermostat remotely from your mobile device.

Smart Doorbell

With this innovative doorbell, you will get stunning high-resolution video of whoever is waiting for you at the front door. It can integrate with other smart technology components in your home in order to provide you with a seamless experience.

Smart Home Lock

These keypad-style locks improve the security of your home significantly, and they store important data that you can retrieve at any time from your mobile device.

Implementing just one of these devices may increase the marketability as well as the value of your home. To learn more about improving the efficiency of your home and making it as marketable as possible, please feel free to contact, Realty Group, Inc.-Shannon Lindstrom, REALTOR®, AHWD, GREEN today.