As the real estate experts at Zillow report, “Everything is getting smarter these days … including your smoke alarm, deadbolt and showerhead.” No longer viewed as simply a way to impress your tech-forward friends, home automation has become more sophisticated and more practical.
“Whether you love it or hate it, home automation is everywhere, and research shows people want more,” the folks at Zillow say.
According to the website, 81 percent of people who already have smart home products say they are “more likely to buy a home if smart technology was already installed.” That information comes from a survey jointly conducted by CNET and Coldwell Banker.
“No home today is complete without home automation,” says Perla Lichi, an expert in luxury homes interior design. “This can include: lighting systems, multi-room music/video systems, invisible speakers, designer theater rooms, acoustical treatments, soundproofing, surveillance and security and more.”
The home automation industry is experiencing rapid growth in both market penetration and in the range of products and services it offers. Zillow identified a few emerging features you can look forward to having in your home.
“From Wi-Fi thermostats to smart lighting and security products, most of us are familiar with these well-loved smart home technologies,” the website says. “But these home automation basics are not so basic anymore. They’re more advanced than ever, and only getting smarter.”
Whether you are dealing with a high end villas contractor or luxurious architecture company, among the advances singled out by Zillow that you may want to talk to your
are smart locks that allow you to lock and unlock your door from home and from remote locations. “You can even give those who regularly access your home ‘digital keys,’” they report. “Some smart locks let you schedule when your door locks. For example, if you have a dog walker visiting Fido when you’re at work, you can monitor and schedule access without having to give someone a physical key to your home.”
The next generation in outdoor security cameras and automated lighting systems are also available and may be just as important to your family’s comfort as your luxury home’s interior.
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