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4 Ways to Add Smart Home IQ For Under $200

Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Feb 9 4 minutes read

In a world where upgrading your lifestyle means staying plugged in, mobile, and having the ability to multitask from several platforms, there's never been a better time to add a smart home system to your property. In a home setting, that translates to central control of entertainment, security, climate control, even kitchen appliances. The biggest question when looking for a smart home hub— where to start?

Identifying your needs is a great starting point for those new to the smart home market. Each device has their set of top functions, and it's important to make sure that they align with the functionality you're looking for. Sometimes smart home devices can even give you an advantage when it comes to selling your home, not only are they an attractive resale feature, but sometimes they'll record potential buyers' conversations when viewing your property, as one of our clients recently discovered! Let's take a brief look at four of the most popular systems currently on the market.

Amazon Echo Dot $49.99— Hands down, the Amazon Echo Dot is the newbie's dream when it comes to smart home devices. Powered by Alexa, the Dot can tap into a number of smart home devices directly to allow overarching control of your home from the sound of your voice.

Google Home $129.99— Like the Echo, this device is voice activated, has a built in speaker, and can control your home's smart features and stream music. Adding to its list of uses is the integration with Google assistant, which opens a whole new landscape of search functionality to your domain.

Samsung Smartthings Hub $91.85— If you're really going all out with your smart home plan, the Samsung Smartthings package offers the ability to create seamless functionality across all your devices, rooms, and appliances. Not only does it come with a battery back-up but it also can integrate its technology into your Samsung TVs, meaning you'll have a few less gadgets plugged into your already well occupied router.

SK-200 Skylinknet Starter Kit $167.95– While it may just be the first step to creating your home's virtual garrison and centrally located automation system, the SK-200 opens a whole new world of one touch control from the screen of your smart phone. One of the biggest pluses with this system is the wide array of integrated cameras and other devices that can be seamlessly added to your home's smart home IQ.

Willing to spend a little more? 

Ring Video Doorbell Pro $248.58 - This works with Amazon Alexa and allows you to see, hear and speak to anyone at your door from your smartphone, tablet or PC. Watch over your home in 1080 HD video. And if potential home buyers happen to have a conversation, while they're standing in front of the door, you may get direct feedback, as one of our sellers recently found out. 

Whichever system you choose, make sure it matches your level (or aspiration) of tech savviness. The goal is to communicate and connect, not complicate.

* All prices are from Amazon.com as of September 8, 2017. 

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