The headline above may be one of the more random and confusing ones we’ve written in some time on San Clemente Coastal Living, but it will make sense to San Clemente home sellers once they understand what a “smart home” truly means. A smart home is one where the owner hooks up the various automated systems throughout the home (heating/cooling, electrical components, lighting, etc.) into one system that may be controlled via computer, smartphone or other handheld device. Simply put, the days of toggling light switches and A/C controls are over once you initiate a smart home system – a few touches on your phone, and you walk into a cool, well-lit home.
As technology improves, more and more homes are becoming smart homes, and this is something that is becoming increasingly popular amongst home buyers. However, not all smart home components are created equal, as seen in a recent article from Builder Magazine (“What Consumers Want in Home Automation“). The article sites a recent report survey conducted regarding smart homes and what is most important to consumers; out of those surveyed, 67% ranked security as the number one reason for having a smart home system (with every person surveyed stating that security is a “must have” in their smart home system). People want to know what is going on in their homes at a moment’s notice, particularly if the alarm or smoke detector is activated. With this sense of security comes other features, like being able to turn on the lights remotely or having the home ready for entry (door unlocked, alarm off, thermostat on).
If you are thinking of selling your San Clemente condo or home and do not have a smart home system in place, the survey results found in the article should force you to look at the system’s potential a little more closely. In competitive real estate markets like we’ve seen over the past two years, it is always good to make your home stand out from others out there. A smart home system will not break the bank but could mean more buyers and more money once you put your home on the market.