Large remodeling projects are growing in popularity. Some things may seem obvious—like replacing carpet with hardwood, updating fixtures and cupboards or building an addition. However, consider these five high-tech home improvements, from home automation devices to clever conveniences. They practically pay for themselves and make your life easier whether you’re starting up or winding down your home remodel project.
1. Invest in a smart lock
Like a regular lock, a smart lock can provide security and prevent intrusions and theft—ensuring your possessions and loved ones stay out of harm’s way. Smart locks can also make things easier by turning on your home’s indoor smart light bulbs and smart thermostat when you unlock the door. There are many smart lock options to choose from, but make sure to purchase one that works with your mobile devices and other smart home products.
2. Plug in a camera
With more than 5,400 burglaries happening each day in the U.S., having a camera at your home can be a huge help to keep your home and family protected. Cameras also prove helpful in situations other than security, like when you want to ensure your dog doesn’t dig into your recently planted garden. Inside the home, an indoor security camera can help you monitor construction crews during your remodel. Once the remodel is complete, you can use the camera to make sure your pets and kids are safe and don’t damage your newly updated kitchen, bathroom or living room. You can even talk through certain types of cameras.
3. Add a smart thermostat
If you spent a pretty penny on your home remodeling project, you can recoup some of the cost with home automation technology, like a smart thermostat, that can help you save on heating, cooling and electricity. Remember to look for a smart thermostat that works with other smart home devices you already own. For example, if you own smart light bulbs, look for a smart thermostat that you can control from the same hub.
4. Install solar panels
Energy-efficient features add value to your home, and over 80% of homebuyers want them. Efficient windows and appliances are a good starting point, but don’t stop there—consider installing solar panels to enhance your home further. They can have a huge impact on your electric and gas bills, and in some cities, you can sell energy you don’t use back to the grid, so you’d make money along with saving it.
5. Create vacuuming baseboards
You may be considering installing drawers in your baseboards to open up space, but vacuum baseboards are an even better option. You fit a filter, called an inlet, on the baseboards and connect them to a central vacuum cleaner. When you want to collect dust bunnies or spilled sugar, flip the switch on the filter and let the vacuum do the dirty work.
Whether you’re planning a remodel, wrapping one up or just want to add a little flair to your home, don’t miss out on these five simple additions. They feature reasonable price tags, can generally be installed without the aid of a professional and will deliver immediate and long-term value. Get started on these projects today to save money and increase your security and safety.