It’s no longer a question of whether homeowners will have fully connected homes, the question is: Will you be helping your customers get there?
More and more we carry our “lives” with us everywhere. We’re able to bank at any time through smartphones, work anywhere with laptops and tablets, and when Wi-Fi is not available, a personal hotspot can save the day. And, with wearable devices interacting with daily activities, tracking movement, steps and calories consumed, all of which can be shared via Bluetooth to smartphones and computers, the next natural phase in connectivity is the smart home.
Trends show that homeowners are opting for more control, features and information from their appliances, systems and homes. Millennials, accounting for the largest group of homebuyers, have always had their world connected and are expecting the same from their homes. How are contractors going to respond to a customer’s request of a smart house? How can a business prepare to answer the call, “Can you make it smart?”
Become familiar, not only with the latest trends, but with what customers are reading to educate themselves regarding smart homes. In the article Smart Technologies for Your Home, consumers are shown how small changes can be affordable and doable by tackling a little bit at a time. In the kitchen, refrigerators can send an alert to a smartphone when the door is left open and a signal can be sent to an oven to start the preheating process while the homeowner is still at work. Bathrooms can’t be forgotten with touchless faucets that are no longer exclusive to public places. These items, which once were reserved as luxury items are now becoming affordable everyday requests. If homeowners purchase one smart appliance, chances are once the ease of use, notification and integration are realized, they will want to incorporate other pieces of equipment and appliances to help ease daily tasks. After all, people have more to do than make sure the curtains are closed, the thermostat is set at 76 degrees, the security system is activated and milk is in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s breakfast.
Although keeping up on the latest trends in smart home technology may be a driving factor for remodeling and appliance upgrades, homeowners should be reassured that their safety is still key. The expertise of your licensed professionals for installation and maintenance plays an even greater role in ensuring that equipment and appliances are properly researched and installed to help safeguard your customers’ homes. Additionally, incorporating home automation systems or central automation systems, similar to a hub, where equipment and appliances are controlled through a centralized portal or app may help in ensuring the safety of your homeowners.
The Internet of things is here. Gone are the days of rushing home to preheat the oven in time for 6 p.m. dinner, or calling a next door neighbor to make sure the garage door was closed, or turning off your sprinkler system at a certain time. With technology, the future in connectivity is now. How will you be of value to your customers, moving them into smart kitchens and bathrooms?
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