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Keeping Your Home Safe This Holiday

The old tune might say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but the reality is a lot of folks have to travel. While leaving your home behind can be stressful, there are numerous ways to incorporate smart technology into your home to keep it and your belongings safe while you’re away.

 

Amp up your security system

The best defense against intruders is a security system. Whether you’ve already integrated the basics, like an alarm, or you’re just starting from scratch, let our experienced security and surveillance pros at SoundVision help you figure out the best security system to help defend your home. There are endless options to amp up your security – from digital doorbells and locks, to round-the-clock surveillance cameras. From basic essentials to a robust system with all the bells and whistles, we can help make sure your belongings stay safe!

 

Leave a light (or a few) on

We don’t mean permanently! Use lighting and shade control to your advantage by setting “scenes” based off the time of day to make it look like you’re home. By incorporating dynamic lighting and shade settings, your home will look a little more “lived-in” than if you had just set a simple timer for the living room lamp. What’s more, having the right settings for your lighting and shades can help you save on energy costs whether you’re at home or away!

 

Connectivity is the key

All of this smart tech isn’t being used to its potential if you’re not able to monitor your home from your mobile device. Make sure you have the best apps to keep you connected to your home no matter how far away! By having the right connectivity, you’ll be able to check if the doors are locked, your kitchen appliances are off, the thermostat is properly set, and even chat with anyone who rings the doorbell! Staying connected to your home will give you peace of mind while you’re away for the holidays.

 

Check with the pros

Consulting a professional integrator whenever you’re considering new safety or smart home tech is always a great way to make sure you’re getting the best tech to suit your needs! Whether you already have the basics or you’re starting from scratch, we can help you.

 

Why you should be building (or living in) a smart MDU

As cities’ populations grow and the need for building upward grows, the trend toward multi-dwelling units (MDUs) has exploded. Not only are these MDUs in demand for the builder and buyer alike, but they’re increasingly more exclusive, high-tech and luxurious. The good news is: with technology from Control4, this level of modern luxury is affordable.

Our advice: Include smart home automation in the blueprints
The best way to incorporate smart home automation into your units is to include it in your plans from the beginning. Structured wiring, strategically-placed outlets and connectivity designed for the best internet connection, power capability and equipment placement increases the value of your units and allows for minimal interior design disruptions – ensuring your vision comes to life without having to worry about unsightly wires or bulky equipment getting in the way of the details. By wiring before the walls go up and considering features like built-in speakers, storage for entertainment features or a whole-home control center at the front door, design and convenience stay the center of attention.

Smart MDUs mean safety, connectivity, convenience and more
Buyers have placed convenience, connectivity and energy efficiency at the top of their must-have lists when it comes to shopping for their homes. By incorporating smart home technologies like climate control, automated shade and lighting control, they can improve their energy efficiencies, whether they’re at home or out-of-town.

Smart home automation also offers endless options that increase safety – from cameras at the lobby door to smart locks to timed settings for your shades and lights – that protect both the occupants and the building itself. Some systems can even alert residents and building staff about fire and water damage before they become a widespread or serious issue. Now, residents can know what’s happening in their homes, while it’s happening.

Make it easily customizable
One thing is for sure – anyone buying a home wants to make it feel like home and there’s no better way to accomplish that than offering a smart home system that’s customizable to their needs. Custom climate control, security features and entertainment systems with personalized moods and functions make your buyers happy. Even better, consider implementing connectivity to the concierge desk and any entry points like doors, automated gates and garages to ensure your residents are only a touch away from communicating with property staff and their visitors. All of these features are even more attractive when residents are able to connect them to their personal cell phones and tablets.

By making your MDU’s smart, you can increase the value of your MDU, while also making it more attractive to buyers. Moreover, you’re more likely to retain your residents if you’re ahead of the trend, as there’s less for you to update later on. Talk to us about how we can help you with the best tech for your next MDU!

 

 

 

 

 

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