Tips to increase your homes curb appeal when selling

Curb appeal is a reflection of the owner’s care for their home, and it’s the first thing people see. A neatly trimmed lawn, well-maintained shrubbery and clean exterior areas show the owners’ pride in their home.

If you want to maximize the value of your home, you need to focus some effort on improving the curb appeal. First impressions can make a significant difference when it comes to selling your home. Improving the exterior of a property may not be as exciting as trying to figure out what to do with the kitchen, but in many ways it is more important. At first glance, you want your property to have a wow factor.Do these things to give the impression of a well maintained home. READ ARTICLE BY TRULANDING.COM

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How can a smart home save you time and money?

You could save 10-30% on your monthly electric bill by using a smart home connected products.  Smart homes features include HVAC automation, Security automation, curtains/blinds and lighting.  Smart grid technology uses a wireless thermostat.  These gadgets (examples below) are connected to the home network  with thermostats and smart meters. By connecting with the , smart meters can act on real-time pricing to change home energy usage patterns, like adjusting the during times of high prices. Examples of smart home gadgets are Google (Nest Thermostats; Smoke + CO Monitoring), Samsung (SmartThings) and Apple (Homekit).

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-01-consumers-favor-home-efficiency-smart.html#jCp

Smart homes use wi-fi or blue-tooth to control, optimize and automate temperature and lighting.  Smart home technology also incorporates security and entertainment but with cyber crimes on the increase, it may not be worth the investment to incorporate your home security quite yet.