After housing crash, home automation is one key to value

Several years removed from the housing market crash, prices have recovered to the point where many Americans are once again considering selling their homes. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, existing home sales were 10.31 percent higher in March 2013 than in March 2012. Thanks to rising employment and historically low interest rates, demand for homes may even be poised to outstrip supply.

But when making the decision to enter this increasingly crowded market, it is important for homeowners to consider ways to maximize the appeal—and value—of their home. Once such strategy is to install a home automation system. Systems that can control lighting, heating and even home security with simple smartphone or tablet controls go a long way to making a home look desirable to potential buyers.

Tim McKeough of the New York Times wrote recently that high-end homes worth $1 million or more were distinguishing themselves from the competition with these systems. He quoted real estate agent Zachary Vichinsky, who said that one purchaser bought his second home in the Hamptons on account of its fully-integrated Crestron home automation system. “As a second home, it was very appealing to the purchasers to be able to be coming down the highway and turn the air-conditioning and lights on in their home, or raise the temperature of the pool,” Vichinsky told McKeough.

McKeough advised homeowners to install separate controls for the systems they choose. This makes it easier to control and maintain each system while controlling costs, since the homeowner can easily choose which features are necessary.

Those who wish to increase the value of their homes prior to a sale should consult with a North Carolina home automation company.