Home trends come and go. But trends that add functionality and safety to your home...as well as likely to add value...are always winners! These four are some of our favorites currently on the market.
#1 Video Doorbell
WiFi-enabled video doorbells will let you see, hear, and speak to whoever is at your door via a smartphone, even when you're not home. It alerts your phone and turns on the camera when someone rings the bell or comes near. You can tell the UPS guy to leave the package at the door or say, "Be there in a minute!" whether you're in the bathroom or thousands of miles away. Video doorbells can even help catch a thief because you can see them on camera.
#2 Smart Door Locks
Smart locks mean you can lock or unlock your door with your smartphone or voice. You can text digital keys to friends, the dog sitter, or the delivery guy, giving them temporary access, which is soooo much safer than the old key-under-the-doormat routine. An extra bonus: Think you forgot to lock the house? You can whip out your smartphone and check. On the stoop with arms full of groceries? Just tell the lock to open.
#3 Home Generators
It doesn't matter where you live, bad weather can cause power outages. But people are getting smarter about gearing up for such inevitabilities...and buying generators. The trend is now generators built into your home...not those noisy, portable, diesel ones. They look like an HVAC unit and run on propane or natural gas, so they don't smell or require refueling every couple of hours. They turn on automatically when the power goes off and can even be operated from a smartphone. They won't make a sexy Instagram post, but you'll be glad you made the investment next time a storm knocks out power for a few hours...or days. Just last year in Myrtle Beach, storms knocked out power in a number of areas. The outages didn't last too long, but even so, it would be great to have a back-up.
#4 Smart Blinds
WiFi-enabled blinds you can control with your smartphone, voice, or even Alexa and Siri. You can program them to open or close at certain times of day, or when the room hits a specific temperature...which could make a big difference in your heating and cooling costs. Or if you just don't want to get out of your chair..."Alexa, open the blinds." Done. You can also pre-schedule your smart blinds at night or when you're away to make your home more secure.