The Internet of Things is quickly becoming a popular term among South Africans and according to research by Markets&Markets, the smart home is going to be in high demand by 2020, when the global market will be worth around US$59-billion. With technology rapidly becoming more affordable and more homebuyers keen to be able to enjoy the benefits, estate agents simply must be able to talk about it so that they can market smart homes properly. Here are a few smart home technologies to know about.
One of the easiest and cheapest to install is a smart thermostat like Nest, which can also adapt to the weather forecasts online to create the perfect indoor environment. It creates monthly reports which can help homeowners save money and be more energy-efficient.
Smart LED lighting
Smart LED lighting is a very trendy and practical aspect of a smart home, as it allows a homeowner to schedule lights or set up light sensors, helping to save energy – and this is all done from an app on their smartphone or tablet. It can also be used to create aesthetics in certain rooms, like dimming the lights to watch a movie, or even syncing the lights to the movie or some music to create a completely enveloping experience.
This is also a big part of a smart home and it can include security systems that can be monitored and activated remotely. Ezicontrol and Elan Systems are South African companies that offer home automation for lights, security, appliances, smart windows and even a TV remote that can use DStv.
When it comes to furniture and appliances for the smart home, smart appliances can really boost the value. There are many options such as washing machines, dishwashers and clothes dryers which monitor their energy-efficiency in each cycle, as well as other kitchen appliances such as fridges and microwaves that are connected to the internet and are, therefore, able to be controlled remotely via a smartphone.
Remind your buyers
It’s also very important for you, as an estate agent, to tell buyers that in order for a smart home to work efficiently and to be controlled remotely or with a smart device, they will need an internet connection in the home, as well as a Wi-Fi or data connection on the device used to control it.