If you're planning on selling your home or looking for ways to increase its value, here’s something to keep in mind: millennials will represent over 30% of homebuyers in the market this year. If you want to make your home seem more appealing to this constantly connected, tech-savvy generation, making a few tech-upgrades isn’t going to hurt. Here’s a list of some of our ideas:
Even though Nest controls this industry, there are other products available that allow homeowners to alter their homes’ temperature from their phones. Not only are these features convenient for those who don’t want to leave the warmth of their couch to turn up the heat, they also could help save on energy bills.
Remote Controlled Shades
Having these will certainly give your home a ‘wow’ factor. Depending on the brand you purchase, you can control or program your shades with a home automation app. High-end shades add decorative appeal and assist in keeping your privacy. They also can lower your home’s heating and cooling bills. While a double-pane window has an insulation rating of 2, high-end shades may have a rating higher than 4. Before your guests roll their eyes at the extravagance, tell them how ecologically friendly remote-controlled shades are.
Include a High-End Range
Many millennials consider themselves foodies. While they may not bat an eye if the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms in your home are the size of postage stamps, they will care about the quality of appliances in the kitchen. Look for versatile cooktops and touchscreen controls. Find one with pre-programmed settings for specific meals.
Add a Wine Fridge to the Bar
Whether they are storing homemade IPAs or their favorite wine from the Texas Hill Country, your buyers will love having a wine fridge built into the home bar. Look for wine fridges that lock, offer cool-looking LED lighting, and have dual cooling zones. Your buyer will see themselves hosting wine tasting events for all their friends and family.
Smart Smoke Detectors
A new generation of smoke detectors will leave that beeping, hanging-by-a-wire-from-your-ceiling model to shame. New smoke detectors test for smoke, carbon monoxide, and air quality. They can even send texts to your phone that the detector is going off when you’re not home.
Bathroom Ventilation Fans with Bluetooth Speakers
Of course, you want to be able to listen to your podcast while you’re in your shower. Replace your home’s bathroom ventilation fans with ones that include a Bluetooth speaker. They aren’t much more expensive than a traditional fan, and this fun little feature will excite potential buyers.
Touch-Free Toilet Flush
You know how gross that toilet handle is, don’t you? No matter how frequently you clean, a lot of germs can build up on a toilet handle. That’s why you should equip your bathroom with a touch-free toilet flush. The touch-free sink has been around for a while, but now you can avoid touching another bathroom surface with this new product.
Replacing some of these old fixtures in your house with these high-tech options will not only enable you to sell your home quickly, but they may also excite you so much that you no longer want to move.