Tech gadgets are becoming more and more popular as homeowners look for ways to modernize. Millennial home buyers, in particular, find smart home features appealing. Here are a few tech gadgets that you can easily add to your home.

WiFi enabled thermostats
Programmable thermostats are a great way to improve the efficiency of your heating system. They allow you to pre-set temperatures for when you are home, away, or sleeping. With WiFi enabled thermostats, there is an added level of convenience. You can actually control your thermostat through a mobile app or website login. How cool is that!

WiFi security systems
Security systems are another great addition to your home. Some systems can be installed without any hardwiring; sensors can connect wirelessly. Many systems connect to a mobile app, allowing you to monitor activity and arm/disarm the system remotely. Add a camera for an added bonus!

Smart bulbs
Remember the days when you would purchase a timer to have your lights turn on and off while you were away? Those days are long gone. Now, you can actually install smart bulbs in your home! These blue-tooth enabled bulbs can be controlled by an app or by a home hub (such as Alexa or Google). You can control lights by voice commands or remotely on your smart phone.

Electronic locks
Who needs keys anymore when you can have an electronic lock on your doors. Enter a code and you’re in. Better yet, you can change the code anytime. Some of these locks even connect to apps and allow you to unlock your doors remotely for guests. With this neat gadget, you’ll never get locked out again.

Door cameras/chimes
Door cameras are cool gadget that truly enhance home security. When someone rings your doorbell, the door camera allows you to see who’s at your door through without actually opening the door. Some allow you to talk to visitors. These systems make it more difficult for people to tell whether your home is vacant, so it’s a nice added security measure.

These home tech gadgets are becoming more affordable as technology advances and competitors enter the market.
The benefits they offer often outweigh the cost. Most come with free apps, making them extremely convenient and fun to use. They can also be a nice selling feature when marketing your home to potential buyers.

Suzanne Plewes is a broker associate at RE/MAX Alliance. Write to 750 W. Eisenhower Blvd., Loveland, CO 80537, call 970.290.0373 or e-mail [email protected].