There’s a lot of boxes that need to be checked when you’re looking for a new home. Location, square footage, and renovations all have the potential to make or break a sale or a lease. But there’s other home features that can bring your home to the next level—or really, the next time period. You don’t have to wait 50 years to drive up to the futuristic home of your dreams.
Modern smart homes bring form and function together, providing homeowners and renters a better way to live. Try to add a little Silicon Valley lifestyle to your home with some of these available tech solutions. You might find a little technological renovation of your current home will make it feel just like a new one.
Know Who’s At the Door
If you’ve ever wondered who could be knocking at your door, there’s a fix for that. Many smart Doorbells, like the Nest Hello Doorbell, have built-in HD video cameras that feed directly into your phone. Better yet, you can grab a system with a built-in microphone and speaker, such that you can talk to your visitor through your phone.
Control the Temperature
Some of the most popular high tech home solutions are undoubtedly thermostats and devices for temperature control. Room sensors allow your thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature based on your preferences and how many people it senses in the room. And a bonus—many smart thermostats will save you money in the long run, adjusting itself to your specific needs through your HVAC system and weather data.
Get Some R&R
What better way to get in a little R&R than with a newly tricked-out smart bathtub and shower? High-tech bathtubs like the Archer VibrAcoustic Bath functions as an underwater speaker as well as a tub. Play your favorite songs and let the soundwaves ripple through the water for ultimate relaxation. Add a receiver to stream wirelessly, or just plug in your phone. If you’re more of a shower person, invest in a shower control system for optimal temperature and steam. Throw in a heated tile floor, and you’re in the lap of luxury.
With more and more stylish and energy-efficient electric cars hitting the market, many homeowners are making the switch. The one problem? Charging your car day-in and day-out. That’s why many modern homes have come to accommodate electric cars with vehicle charging stations. Consult local electricians for a quote, or take a look at local hardware stores for solutions.
Dim the Lights
Investing in a light dimmer can help you save a bit of cash, but these days, dimmers are even more high-tech. Control the brightness of your lights via a remote control, from the wall installed control pad, or through your Amazon Echo. Better yet, you can invest in self-dimming bulbs and systems that will slowly dim over a period of time—a simulated sunset to lull you to sleep.
Keep an Eye on Your Pets
If you’re wondering what Fido is up to while you’re at work or out at dinner, here’s a way to find out. Stream video and pictures of your pet to your phone, or speak to them through an embedded speaker. Some systems even include treat dispensers, so you can treat your dog while you’re treating yourself to a day out.
It would be difficult not to mention the ever-popular Amazon Echo and related technologies, allowing you to integrate the tech in your home. You can play music, turn on and off your devices, send texts, ask questions and more, all through voice control. you can even control tech in your car from indoors. If that’s not the future, then we don’t know what is.