What to Do When Selling Your Smarthome

House for sale real estate sign in front of the new house.
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The sale of a house is a period of choice: what to keep, throw and what to leave. If you have a smarthome, you need to think about what you do with your technology before putting your home on the market.

Always talk to a real estate agent before deciding what to do

Generally, when you sell a house, you should talk to a real estate agent. There are some exceptions where selling your home on your own is beneficial, a real estate agent can explain the ins and outs of negotiating, complying with local rules and laws, and filling in the necessary documents.

Before doing anything, talk to your real estate agent and tell him that you have a house with sophisticated gadgets. Make a list of what you have, what it does and if it is attached to the house, and examine it with your real estate agent. They may not be familiar with all your devices, so be prepared to receive explanations. Anything that is not attached will probably not add value at home, so you will probably have to keep it or throw it away. But your real estate agent might advise otherwise if they have noticed that smart light bulbs have improved a sale, for example.

And it is an advantage for a real estate agent, he can advise you on what local buyers have preferred. Although some people consider advanced technology as a benefit and a reason to buy a home, others may see it as a detrimental or intimidating effect. Even among tech-savvy buyers, advanced technology raises questions about the confidentiality of data that can discourage internal buyers.

The fact is that your real estate agent will probably have a better measure of the local market than you, and if they advise you to keep or delete certain items, you should listen to it. Your goal is to categorize your breakthrough technology into three groups: the things that stay, the things that go to your new home, and the things you throw away.

If you have kept all the boxes for your technologyuse it to make piles of things you want to pack, leave them behind and throw them away.

Decide what does not stay and delete it before listing your house

Wink boxes, nest, echo, Google home, schlage and smartthings.
Josh Hendrickson

In most places, everything attached to the house (via screws, nails, glue, etc.) is considered an accessory and stays with the house at the time of sale. So, if you have gadgets like smart thermostats, electrical outlets, and switchesif you show the house with them, we can expect them to stay.

If you do not want to sell your home with specific smart gadgets that you own, whether because you like them or your realtor has advised against them, you must remove them from your home before the first broadcast. And double check the list to make sure it does not mention the devices you intend to keep.

Try to consider the ease of use and configuration also, if you have found the installation and configuration of a particular smarthome item. incredibly frustrating you may not want to leave (or take it with you). All that has never yielded the expected results corresponds to the project of suppression; The idea is to improve the home after all.

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Replace everything you remove with a non-intelligent equivalent, such as locks, thermostats, outlets, and switches. Failure to do so would deter potential buyers and cause problems during the inspection phase. Having the house in the state that you plan to give to the buyer will greatly help to avoid any confusion and any future problem.

For electrical work, consider hiring a professional rather than doing the work yourself. An electrician, for example, will ensure that your home respects the code, which can avoid unpleasant surprises during the inspection phase.

If you want to keep something but you do not want to take it out of the house while you sell it, tell it that it does not come with the house. A real estate agent will help you list this in writing and in the list of your home to avoid confusion and problems at the end of the line, which is one more reason to work with a real estate agent.

Highlight remaining gadgets

If you decide to sell your home with one or more appliances, use them to help your home stand out. Consider creating graphs illustrating energy savings or the benefits of timed smart lighting. Draw the buyer's attention to the unique characteristics of your home.

Just be careful not to go too far and leave them intimidated. You could consider a quick video demonstrating ease of use. If you indicate that a smart thermostat is simpler to program than a traditional thermostat, buyers may find it useful to present it.

And if you have routines that automate your lights to make you feel at home when you're away (turn lights on and off randomly), be sure to turn them off. You would not want the routines to fire while visitors visit your house.

Factory reset All you leave or discard

Echo, Wink, Samsung Smartthings and Google Home Box in a trash can.
Josh Hendrickson

If you dispose of several appliances because you have decided not to sell them with the house (or take them with you), be sure to reset them to the factory. You do not want to leave your data to someone else. You can take care of this step before even announcing your home.

However, if your Smarthome devices are part of the sale, do not reset them at the factory immediately. While you still live in the house, you can continue to benefit from the technology and you want it to be fully functional for the buyers to see and discover.

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The time it takes to reset the devices you leave at the factory is the time you exit and return the keys to your home. Make a list of all items that have remained (or refer to your stack of cardboard if you have made one) and reset them at the factory one by one. Again, you do not want new owners to have access to your data, but it's equally important that the factory reset puts the new owners in a good position to use the devices when they move in.

If you have boxes and instruction booklets, leave them in an easy to find place and communicate them to the new owner when you turn the keys. If you discard boxes and instructions, it would be helpful to list manufacturers and websites so that the new owner can find documentation online.

Selling your home is a complicated and tedious process with many decisions to make. In some ways, the easiest thing to do for everything that concerns you is to delete everything. It is less to treat and less to treat. But before that, talk to your real estate agent to make sure you do not lose a bigger selling price. And whatever you do, prepare a plan and list all the steps you need to take. You do not want to return the keys to your old home and realize later that the Nest Thermostat is still in your account.

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