Apr 14, 2014

Make your Dallas home future ready

So many exciting technologies are available for homes today that were unobtainable just a few years ago. If you're planning a home remodel or renovation, you may want to keep in mind a few things that tomorrow's buyers will be expecting to be available in their homes. We're talking about more than just planning for a huge, flat screen TV. Some of these new features are not very expensive, but offer a lot of perceived value to Dallas homebuyers.

Home automation is hitting the main stream and I'm seeing more homes with those extra bells and whistles. Before long they'll be common place. Like granite counters, stainless appliances and walk-in showers ... it's something the buyers in North Dallas will soon come to expect in a home.

Home entertainment systems are in high demand. Dallas buyers like their TVs big and their speakers sophisticated. Whole house sounds systems should be able to access the play lists from a mobile device. Entertainment systems don't need to be tucked away in a media room, but encompass many areas of the house and outdoors.

In the next couple of years, we'll see more and more demand for automated and remotely controlled lighting, home security, heating and ac systems. Folks will be able to use their smart phone or laptop from anywhere in the world to do everything from changing the thermostat to unlocking a door or opening the garage for someone.

And with so many wireless components hitting the market it may seem like pre-wiring a house is a waste of time. Conversely, it's more important than ever. Many ultra-high definition systems (like speakers and video equipment) work better hard wired. And even wireless devices require electricity and chargers. Most folks don't want to look at a web of cords and wires running across the mantle or around doorways.

While we don't know what the next home innovations and technologies will bring, they will likely need wires. Running conduit tubes behind the walls and including covered plates for future access is a great idea.

When you're updating a home, think about current and future technology. Build-in and future-ready infrastructure is very appealing to today's homebuyers.
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