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Having a robot at home catering to your every need might still be the stuff of science fiction. But controlling the elements in your home when you’re nowhere near it is a thing of the present and here to stay.
If you’ve invested in AI technology to control your energy, lighting, or entertainment system for example, then you’re a proud owner of a smart home. When it comes to selling your property though, how do you know you’ll get your money back? Keep reading for 10 things you need to know about selling your intelligent home.
Before you put your home on the market, you’ll need to know what smart devices you have in your home.
Make a list of all your gadgets, and write down where they’re located. That way, you can present your realtor with the info and they can point it out to prospective buyers.
For some buyers, smart technology might be intimidating. But if the new owners know how to connect to and use their new intelligent home, it’ll make all the difference.
If you have any guarantees, warranties, and receipts, keep them together and leave them as part of your sale.
You should also leave the new owners the manufacturer’s details for each device, so they know who to contact if things go wrong.
You’ll need to let the manufacturer of your products know that you’re transferring ownership.
They can update this on their system, and assist the new owners with their transfer.
An intelligent home often sells for a higher price than a regular one. Buyers need to understand why and see the benefits for themselves.
Show them any savings you enjoy from your smart home.
If you receive a rebate or payment from energy suppliers for something like solar panels or Nest Thermostats, highlight these, too.
Despite the convenience and awesome curb-appeal of your home, many prospective buyers may worry they won’t know how to use your smart technology.
So, why not meet with them and have a chat about it?
Show buyers how each device works, and how easy it is to control them from your mobile device, to give them peace of mind.
Another way to help prospective buyers know what they’re investing in is to show them all the bells and whistles of your amazing home.
It’ll get them excited and, let’s be honest, gives you a chance to show off your exquisite taste!
As with all technology, your smart devices will work best with the latest software.
Make sure you update each device before the handover, so new buyers won’t be scratching their heads once they’re through the door.
Before you hand over the keys, remember to reset everything to year 0.
Restore all passwords, keycodes, and preferences back to their in-the-box settings, ready for the new owners.
Everything’s packed and the movers are in. Before you lock that door for the final time, remember to uninstall yourself from it.
Delete your device from the network, uninstall any apps and digitally ‘forget’ all settings.
By installing smart technology in your home, you’ve automatically made it more desirable to a whopping 81% of millennials who want to plug-in-and-play in their new pad.
Add to that the rest of the population, and you’ve got yourself a hot property.
Do your research, keep in mind our top tips, and your intelligent home will be off your hands in no time.
Learn more about Government of Alberta smart energy rebates here.
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