8 Smart Tech Ideas to Include in Your New Home

With accelerated technological advancement, the idea of smart homes is not entirely new. In fact, there are a lot of smart products available on the market to help you craft your smart home dream. Through the years, smart technology has grown so much that it can now affect almost every part of your home.

Incorporating smart technology in your new home can make it energy-efficient and bring other benefits such as convenience and security. If you want to get a glimpse of how powerful smart homes can be, check out these 8 smart tech ideas to include in your new home:

1. Home Management Panel

Instead of a bunch of wall switches and plugs – imagine controlling multiple areas of your home through just one touch screen panel. Home management panels allow you to access nearly everything in one place, including security devices, smart lights, and other electronics. And because these can be installed seamlessly right into your walls, you can place them at convenient locations within your home.

2. Smart Home Locks

Smart locks have both keyed and keyless entry systems, letting you engage the deadbolt through a code or a key. This is a smart choice for when you’re tired looking for keys in your seemingly bottomless purse, or for when you want to be able to let your children in without giving them keys that they could potentially lose. Smart home locks can be set to relock after 30 seconds and can also alert you in times of break ins. 

3. Water Leak Detection Systems

Water leaks are hard to detect – sometimes, you won’t be able to notice it until it has substantially damaged your home. Water detection technology can help mitigate this; leak detectors can be installed in critical areas such as near the toilet, beneath a sink, and down the basement, so you’ll be alerted once leaks occur.

4. Smart Refrigerators

Smart refrigerators now come with touchscreens where you can order groceries online – additionally, it can also send a photo of the inside of your fridge to your smartphone. This is especially useful while you’re grocery shopping. But that’s not all it can do; smart refrigerators can also alert you of power outages, leave notes, access the family calendar, and sense temperature fluctuations.

5. Smart Light Bulbs

Smart light bulbs have the ability to sense the type of light that is already in the room, thus allowing it to switch from soft to bright, grow dimmer, and even turn itself on and off. 

6. Smart Garage Door Openers

Smart garage door openers work with smartphones so you can open or shut your garage from anywhere – yes, you will no longer need to get out of your car just to open that garage door.

7. Smart Showers 

Smart showers are beneficial in cutting down on unnecessary water consumption. It can control water temperature and reduce water flow when you move away from the showerhead.

8. Smart Thermostat Controls

Thermostat controls can help you keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout the day. Additionally, you can access these controls through your smartphone, so you can change your home’s temperature, even while you’re away. Imagine never going home again to a hot or a really cold home – smart thermostat controls can do that for you.

These are only a few of the many available types of smart home technologies. With so many options in the market, you’ll have no trouble customizing and choosing the tech that would most benefit you. The real challenge lies with knowing exactly what you want and need from a home. 

If you’re on the search for a home that could accommodate your smart tech needs, the professionals from Buying Perth Real Estate can help you. Get a free consultation from our experts. Find out more by giving us a call at (08) 6215 0200 or by emailing us at clive@buyingperthrealestate.com

5 Mistakes that will Affect Your Home Appraisal

Once you’ve bought a house, you’re going to spend and invest a lot to improve it and live a better life. Don’t let these efforts go to waste, especially when the time comes that you have to sell your house.

When it comes to raising your house value, first impressions matter. Here are the avoidable mistakes that will affect your home appraisal:

1. Failed DIY projects and renovations

With the rise and popularity of “Do It Yourself” projects, it’s tempting to join and try making your own to save on money and create your design. However, a lot of these projects can go wrong in an instant, especially if you’re new to the task. Some DIY projects and renovation ideas may seem easy at a glance, but once you get into it, troubles may occur which may affect your house value. 

To prevent this, you can start with simple tasks such as applying new painting. You can also do your research on the best materials and practices or ask for help from people to assist you.

2. Unpleasant house situation

You wouldn’t want to live near mould, mildew, and other moisture problems that seep into your walls and flooring. Another unpleasant situation to avoid is having an old or musty smell. In a home appraisal, most homeowners try to mask these through chemicals, but experts will smell through it (no pun intended) immediately. 

To ensure your home is in pleasant condition, you have to eliminate the root cause of the problem. For moisture problems, you have to check for leaks and fix water problems. For odours, you have to clean your house thoroughly and remove the source. Sprinkling baking soda on affected areas is one of the best things that gets the job done.

3. Poor location

From the neighbourhood to your neighbours, your house location also plays a role in improving your home value. If you’re located in a place with poor conditions such as being near railroad tracks, having loud neighbours, and poor construction quality, chances are your house value will decrease (since most people wouldn’t prefer to live with these stressful circumstances).

When choosing a location, you also have to factor the environment. You have to be close to lifestyle centres, the business district, transportation systems, and public parks. Research the location well by talking to neighbours and studying the area so you can live with peace and quiet. 

4. Not having enough space

There’s always room for more space in a house. This is an indicator that you’re preparing for changes in the future in case you have a growing family, need more storage, or want to transform rooms into work or fun spaces. 

To give you an overview, a house appraisal and inspection covers most of the following: number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, amenities (pool, garden, balcony, curb appeal, etc.), overall layout, appliances, and garage/storage space.

5. Changing market conditions

The real estate market is volatile and ever-changing. One day the market is in your favour, and then the prices suddenly drop the next week. To prepare for this, you have to get expert assistance to help you navigate the market. The expert must be able to predict the prices and should be familiar with the location you’re in so you can get the best deal.  

Your home is valuable, don’t let these mistakes affect it

If you’re thinking of having a home appraisal, you have to avoid these mistakes beforehand to avoid decreasing its value. 

Take care of your home’s market value. For assistance, you can get a free consultation from the buyer’s agents at Buying Perth Real Estate. Contact Clive at clive@buyingperthrealestate.com or give us a call at (08) 6215 0200 or 0412 926 190.

7 Practical Ways to Renovate Your House

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when renovating your house? Is it expensive? Stressful? Don’t have time for it? 

Depending on the extent of the project, it can be all three. But the good news is that there are practical ways to renovate your house that won’t stress you out with money and time concerns. 

Renovation takes time so you can plan carefully, especially if you’re on a budget. Make some necessary fixes on your house  with these tips:

1. Prepare your house

Before putting in major work, you have to go back to the basics first by preparing your house so you can focus on the main renovation process. Consider doing the following steps to get started:

  • Remove curtains and other things that may collect dust/allergens
  • Cover furniture
  • Set aside the fragile and expensive objects
  • Remove unnecessary items and items inside cabinets/closets
  • Put your essentials in a box

2. Go for efficiency

The popularity of multi-purpose and custom-designed furniture can do wonders for when you need to renovate your house to add more space. Consider replacing your shelves with tall cabinet pull-out drawers (at least 20cm wide) to store more food items. You can also upgrade some of your furniture by having seats with in-built storage underneath for extra storage.

Choosing to be efficient doesn’t just give you more space, but also gains in the long-term since you’ll be cutting down possible costs for additional furniture and remodeling. If you need to upgrade your furniture, you can visit an auction or wait for bargains/sales for more savings. 

3. Welcome the natural light

Don’t hastily put a big hole on your wall just to add windows for more light to come in. You can brighten your home without buying an additional window by rearranging some objects or installing a light tube to distribute more light.

4. Refresh your rooms

When you come inside a room, the first thing you would notice is the color. This is why a simple paint job can do the trick to change the overall feel of your rooms. If you have decorating mistakes in the past, you can coat them with white paint. Give your washed-out and dreary walls a makeover by coating them in colors that will match their purpose. 

5. Donate your extra items

When decluttering, you can donate or sell some of your extra items to organizations and recycle centres. This way, you can save space in the landfill, contribute to a good cause, or help a neighbour in need of your items.  

6. Set your limit

Depending on your allotted budget and plans, setting a limit so you won’t go overboard will save you from additional costs and stress. For starters, you can allot a specific budget per room and stick to it. 

If you have some extra materials or money from renovating other rooms, you can reallocate it to the next room instead so you can maximise your resources. Mixing and matching materials can also add a flair to your room due to its variety. 

7. Ask for help

Make a schedule on when you plan to do most of the projects and invite some friends or loved ones to share the work. You can also ask other people who have successfully renovated their homes on a budget for advice or opinions to guide you in the process.

Home renovation doesn’t need to be expensive

Buying a house is a long-term investment. Make sure to renovate so the value of your home also increases over time. 

If you’re ready to invest in a new home and need some help, you can always get a free consultation from the buyer’s agents at Buying Perth Real Estate. Contact Clive at clive@buyingperthrealestate.com or give us a call at (08) 6215 0200 or 0412 926 190.

9 Signs that Say it’s Time for a Home Renovation

When was the last time you took a walk around your house? When was the last time you did some fixes and repairs to return it to its pristine condition? Since we spend most of our time in our homes, we have to take extra care of it, and neglecting simple signs of wear and tear can lead to major costs and loss. 

Your house needs attention as well. Here are some signs that say it’s time for a home renovation:

1. Chipping paint

Among the many parts of your house, the walls are the most exposed to sunlight and dirt. While the interior may need some repaint here and there to refresh it, the exterior is a different story since it deteriorates faster and may need frequent touches to fix it. Remove chipping and old paint as soon as possible to improve your house’s appearance. 

2. Stained bathroom

Your bathroom is prone to stains, cracks, dents due to frequent use. If you’re looking for a house or planning to sell yours in the near future, a stained bathroom may be a deal-breaker so make sure to do necessary repairs to ensure its cleanliness.

3. Leaking roof

When you see random droplets of water appearing during or after the rain, it’s a sign of a leaking roof in need of immediate repair. Leaving a leaky roof for too long can lead to huge costs and other issues such as further roof damage, corrosion, mold, and water stains. 

4. Worn-out flooring

A worn-out flooring will leave you watching out for every step you make. Flooring in need of repair shows visible signs such as worn-out grouting, cracks, uneven/sunken parts, squeaky, smells musty, and loose (especially for floorboards). If you have carpets installed, you have to change them every 10 years. 

5. Dated appliances

Having energy-efficient and smart appliances is advisable since it cuts costs on your bills and makes your life easier by streamlining chores. Outdated appliances may leave you paying for more and may limit you from having comfort and function with every use. 

6. Drainage issues

If your sinks and toilets get clogged often, it’s a sign that your drainage or plumbing system is in need of fixing. Monitor your drainage and plumbing to avoid major damage and ensure proper waste flow.

7. Damaged foundation

If your ceilings and floors show clear signs of rust, termites, and insects, it may be a sign of a rotting and damaged foundation. Depending on the extent of the issue, you may need to replace some parts or do a complete rebuild to avoid other causes for concern.

8. Old kitchen

If you notice that your kitchen needs to be spiced up (no pun intended) with colors, a new set of fixtures, old appliances, and lacking countertops, it’s time for some renovating. Since this is a function-heavy space, it’s important that your kitchen is in good shape so you can make meals in peace.

9. Not enough space, or too much space

When it comes to space, it’s either you have too much or too little. Depending on recent changes in your life, you may need to repurpose rooms to make way for office setup, guest room, or playroom. If it feels too crowded, you can remove some walls and transform them into a wide-open space or turn it into an outdoor living area.

If you can relate to these, it’s a sign to contact us!

The signs don’t lie and you have to take steps in order to renovate your house before it’s too late. To help you in your home renovation, you can get a free consultation from the buyer’s agents at Buying Perth Real Estate. Contact Clive at clive@buyingperthrealestate.com or give us a call at (08) 6215 0200 or 0412 926 190.