How smart can you make your home?

    Today we want to tell you the stories of several people who improved their home, how much it cost them and how much increased the value of the home on the market.

    And we will start with professional designer Carlos Espinosa (Carlos Espinosa), who lives in Boulder (Boulder), Colorado. His house can be considered “smart” as much as it is possible in our time - the light controlled from his phone, a security system, leakage sensors sending alerts and a fully integrated stereo system.

    Carlos himself says that his life has changed most of all - this is a system of turning on / off the light inside the house. The light automatically turns on as soon as it turns a corner and turns off after it. All this is coordinated with his phone (which is very strange, because if he had forgotten the phone in the room, he would have walked in complete darkness, but we think there are motion sensors there too). The front door also unlocks as he approaches it.

    Installation of his system took a total of about a year and about a few hundred dollars in equipment. Espinoza spent about $ 300 on ten Philips Hue bulbs and a SmartThing hub that integrates with his phone to turn them on (off). His August Smart Lock is about $ 200 more. Over time, he built in Sonos (music system), with speakers controlled from the application, now this system costs $ 199 for the initial whale.

    He also pays for his security system supplied by the television provider Comcast once a month, which, unfortunately, we do not know.

    Against this background, Samsung’s “smart” refrigerator with three cameras for $ 5,000, presented at CES in January, for 5000USD will seem like a very expensive purchase.

    Matt MacAdoo, a sales consultant at Keller Williams (a Texas real estate company), part-time professional installer, asks for $ 95 per hour for installing smart equipment to automate your home. Work usually takes from a day to a week.

    Matt sold his smart home for $ 285,000, when an identical home costs $ 265,000. therefore, he knows firsthand the value of installing “smart” systems.

    His house had wireless thermostats, external surveillance cameras on every corner of the building, a programmable lock, wires running in the walls to connect a TV, and even a centralized “vacuum cleaner” system built into the walls - “Just turn it on and the dust will go through the pipes in the walls itself "Says Matt.

    Danny Hetzberg is a real estate agent for a company located in Miami, California. He says that for an extra $ 2,000, a buyer can “upgrade” his house with any “smart” devices of his choice - thermostats, lighting, and a home security system.

    “Maybe four or five years ago, to install these systems, you would need to hire a professional installer, spend about $ 30,000 and“ open the walls. ” Now everything has become so simple that you can do it yourself, ”says Danny.

    As Danny says, about half of the houses that he sells have a Nest system.

    Jason Johnson, the boss of August, says his comfort peak will come when he can ask his Echo system to turn off the lights in his living room while lying upstairs in bed.

    Just for fun, Johnson likes to close all his locks (and in the house there are as many as five) with his voice through his iPhone. “They all close at the same time and it sounds like they are locking up the prison for the night,” says John.

    Nowadays, smart home systems have become available for everyday users (well, not with the current dollar exchange rate for the Russian market, of course) and it sometimes takes less than 10 minutes to install them.

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