It is without doubt that Australians are an increasingly tech-savvy bunch, and we are forever on the look out for the newest gadgets that will streamline and simplify daily life. One area this is becoming more and more obvious, is our homes. Convenience, simplicity and wow factor design are all aspects that we keep in mind when not just looking for new gadgets for our homes, but also when we are looking at buying a new home.
So it comes as no surprise that developers and builders are now incorporating these technological advancements on a much larger scale in to new homes. Imagine being on your way home from work, opening your phone, and turning on the lights you want, setting the air conditioning to a comfortable temperature, and having your favourite album playing as you walk in the door.
With the idea of the smart home continuing to grow in popularity, there has been a bit of confusion around what a smart home actually is. So, what makes a home smart?
Basically a smart home is one that is equipped with network connected products for controlling, automating and optimising just about anything - from your lighting, home heating, ventilation and air conditioning, entertainment like TVs, Foxtel and networked home audio (think your Spotify or iTunes playlists), and complete security systems - from an iPhone, iPad or Android device, and it's really cool to see in action!
These homes we are seeing are set up with full smart hubs, ready to connect your Wi-Fi router to, and be in complete, remote, control of anything electrical. Add to these voice assistants such as Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple's Siri, and you can start to turn on the lights, record your favourite TV show or pre-heat your oven at your vocal command.
Whilst all of this is impressive, and will certainly create a talking point amongst friends and family, the most integral area that technology can play a part in, is in home security.
Installing one or even multiple security cameras in your home has become much easier, and can be done without skill or prior knowledge. With options that no longer require wiring from point to point, you can purchase cameras off the shelf, follow some simple step by step instructions, and within minutes have the vision appear on your phone and be relayed to the cloud.
Also becoming increasingly popular are video doorbells, that again, relay footage to your phone, and with microphone and speaker availability, allowing you to answer your door, without even being at home.
Whether you are wanting to go all out and build the smart home of the future, or just have a few parts of your home automated, there are many options and a level of technology available that will suit every buyer.
At The Greenwood Group we are seeing an increased number of "Smart Homes" coming to the market, in both brand new builds, and renovated beauties.