Purchasing a new home is an exciting adventure and is often associated with the American dream – a place to call your own. If you are in the market for a new home, depending on your budget and desired location, you will find options. Home buying projections are well documented for 2019 and it may just be the right year for you to buy your new home.
Realtor.com® projected that new home construction will increase by 8% in 2019. Although home prices are estimated to rise this year nationwide, the price gains are expected to slow to about a 1-2% nationwide. For Californians, the recent Anderson Forecast predicts fewer new home construction, lower prices, and a rise in mortgage rates. Coupled with 4.5% expected job growth in the state, it appears that buyers may have a slight advantage to finding their slice of the American dream through the middle of 2021.
For those who have already purchased their new home and moved in, maybe the next step is to properly equip your home with the proper safety devices and smart home programs to ensure that your new home is the best it possibly can be. Smart home devices are Internet connected products, which are controlled and accessed through various ways and provide a number of benefits to the home owner. From safety features such as security systems to convenience and automation options like being able to turn your lights on and off simply with the sound of your voice, smart home devices come in all varieties.
Here are some of the latest and greatest smart home offerings on the consumer market these days:
Video Doorbells: SkyBell HD
Tired of strangers coming to your door selling things or waiting for the UPS employee to deliver a special package? Then, you'll love the SkyBell HD. This video doorbell enables the home owner to see who is at the door, no matter where the home owner may be at the moment. The SkyBell HD produces video at 1080p and includes color night vision, cloud storage for the video, and can integrate with various third-party home automation devices.
Automated Door Locks: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
For those who can never find their keys but always know where their smartphone is, the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is a great smart home door lock automation system. The Smart Lock Pro + Connect will work remotely, but can also be connected to Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant.
Heating and Cooling: Ecobee4
Smart home automation can also be attached to your heating and cooling system. The Ecobee4 system includes a Room Sensor and allows you to remotely access the heating and air conditioning in your home via the ecobee mobile app. The smart thermostat is compatible with HomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, SmartThings, and IFTTT. The Ecobee4 is even more impressive due to the Amazon Alexa built-in voice service features.
Security Systems: SimpliSafe Home Security System
You want to be well-protected and secure in your new home, which is why installing a smart home security system is a wise move to make. The SimpliSafe Home Security System offers well-rounded security and protection. This smart home security system includes intruder protection and will monitor fire and flood incidents as well. You can choose from a variety of packages, some of which have high-end monitoring while others are more DIY in nature.
Security Cameras: Arlo Pro 2
Another type of smart home device which will help you to properly equip your new home in the safety department is the Arlo Pro 2 security camera. You can set up the Arlo Pro 2 indoors or outdoors and it comes with a rechargeable battery and cloud storage capabilities. Homeowners can access their Arlo Pro 2 security camera via the Wi-Fi hub and enjoy the compatibility it offers with other systems.
Security Lights: Fox&Summit Security Lighting Bundle
Complement your security system with the additional lighting from Fox&Summit. The Wi-Fi Security Lighting Bundle (FS-BNDL2) includes an LED Light Bulb and two Outdoor Motion Triggered Spot Lights. The out-of-the-box setup is simple with the free FS Home App, a mobile device, and your 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi router – no additional hub needed.
Use the lighting bundle to illuminate and secure your smart home. Control and monitor remotely using compatible iOS & Android devices. Leverage the power of the Fox & Summit ecosystem with the Standard Bundle by creating notifications, groups, scenarios, and rules using the FS Home App.
Automated Lighting: Philips Hue
Smart home automation also relates to the lighting within your new home. Philips Hue is a popular light automation system currently available. You can set up your lights to turn on and off as you wish with just the sound of your voice, as the Philips Hue system, which must include the Hue Bridge, is compatible with almost all voice command systems, such as Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and the Google Assistant. A hub-free lighting option would be the Fox&Summit LED Light Bulb, which is Wi-Fi ready and Works with Alexa and Works with the Google Assistant.
Make your new home as smart or automated as you wish. If you're unsure as to how much home automation you need, start out slow. Maybe just install one smart home device at first and then go from there according to your comfort level.