How smart home automation can make your property more appealing
In the past, tenants tended to focus on aspects such as spacious rooms, big gardens, parking, and more when searching for a property.
11:53 06 June 2019
However, since the introduction of smart home automation, tenants are now starting to look at how a property can make their life easier by using these different types of technology. To cater to these needs, you should take a look at the following benefits of smart technology and how it can help you improve your property’s prospects.
Reduced energy bills
One of the biggest deciding factors for tenants is the affordability of the property, which not only includes the purchase price but also the additional costs such as utility bills and other outgoings. The best way to help tenants save money is by implementing technology such as smart lighting, which includes Wi-Fi operated lightbulbs which can be switched off via a smartphone or tablet. This is perfect for tenants who frequently forget to turn off their lights and will also help them to significantly reduce their electricity bills.
Property companies like RW Invest recognise the effectiveness of these devices in their properties, where they use automated lighting, which only switches on when entering the room. They also feature solar technology that helps both their investors and tenants save a significant amount in the long run and lead a greener lifestyle.
The majority of tenants, especially the younger generation, are interested in eco-friendly properties. To meet their requirements, you should consider installing home automation systems, like smart heating devices, which can help them lower their energy usage. This includes smart meters which can help you monitor your heating, as well as devices which allow you to turn off your heating even when your tenant is away from home.
You should also look into reducing water waste, which is one of the biggest environmental issues at the moment. Installing low-flow showerheads or toilets can help your tenants massively cut down the amount of water they use. If you have a garden, you could also consider implementing smart irrigation systems, which can calculate exactly how much water your garden requires and sets specific maintenance periods without wasting too much H20.
One of the most important aspects of any home is security, as it protects you, your tenants, and their belongings. You may think your property is secure enough. However, there are always new ways to improve this with smart security systems. This could smart locks, which can be paired with your phone, which is ideal for tenants who may have forgotten to lock up their front door. This will reassure them that their home is safe, without having to make the journey back home.
If you want to take your security up a notch, you could install motion sensors or outdoor security cameras, which will deter burglars and also provide evidence in the event of theft. Some smart security devices can be connected to your smartphone and can send alerts to show you who is near your home or at the front door. This will offer you and your tenants’ real-time assurance that the property is safe at all times.