Homeowners that want to sell their homes to today’s buyers need to make sure their homes have the features that modern buyers want. Homeowners that want to make their homes more attractive to buyers without spending tens of thousands to create an open floor plan or do other major renovations can give their homes an upgrade on a budget by installing smart home upgrades. Smart homes are in high demand, especially with younger Millennials and Generation Z buyers who are just starting to buy homes. The best smart home upgrades for sellers to invest in are:

Smart Security Systems

Smart security systems that have digital cameras placed around the property and linked to an app that can be viewed on a computer, phone, or tablet are extremely popular with home buyers. There are lots of affordable but high-quality smart security systems that can be installed easily. Having a security system that is updated and has high-quality wireless digital cameras is a feature that potential buyers can use to save money on their insurance as well as feel more secure in the home.

Smart Locks

Smart locks another feature that homebuyers are looking for. Smart locks can be unlocked with a fingerprint or with a face scan using technology that is similar to the Face ID on an iPhone. For parents’ smart locks are a huge draw because their kids won’t have to carry keys that can be lost. The kids will always be able to get into the house even when the parents are at work. And with the smart locks linked to app parents can see who is coming and going from the home. If for some reason the locks aren’t opening properly the parents can always remotely open them from the app, which is another very useful feature.

Smart Home Appliances

Upgrading the appliances in the home to smart appliances is a great investment for home sellers. Buyers will love knowing that the appliances are brand new and they will love having the smart functionality of a smart fridge and a smart stove. And a smart washer and dryer would be a good investment also.  They don’t have to be top of the line appliances to impress buyers. There are a lot of very affordable smart appliances on the market these days.

Smart Plugs

Replacing existing outlets with smart plugs and with new hardware designed to accommodate charging cords for phones and tablets is a very affordable way to totally upgrade the function of the home. For just a couple of hundred dollars or less, you can make your home a hub of functionality where new the owners can control the lights, the security system, even the heating system with their voices or smartphones and where phones can be charged in any room with built-in charging plates.


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Listing information last updated on January 31st, 2023 at 1:16pm CST.