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Smart tech is quickly taking over the home landscape. From thermostats to flooding detection technology is being designed to create a safer home and lower bills. But in a world where everything can be controlled from your cell phone, your home screen becomes cluttered with icons… and fast.
Wemo from Belkin has created a solution that allows you to control multiple devices from one app so your phone can be as efficient as your home. In addition to issuing commands from your cell phone, Wemo also works with Amazon Echo and Google Home. You’ll literally have your very own home assistant to take care of your every whim.
Monitor your electricity usage with Wemo Instant Smart Plug. You can run reports to drill down on how much energy each device in your home uses and even how much total energy a room uses. With the Smart Plug, you can also schedule lights to turn on and off to fit your schedule. Come home to a bright welcoming home and schedule everything to turn off while your family is out for the day.
The Smart Dimmer replaces your light switch to give you ultimate control of your home's lighting. Create schedules for your home that automatically dims lighting when it’s time to start unwinding at the end of the day or use night mode when you get up in the middle of the night but don’t want to be blinded by harsh lighting.
Wemo’s NetCam can give you peace of mind with its wide-angle view. Keep an eye on the kids in the other room, a parent with mobility impairment or the overall safety of your home from intruders. The push-to-talk capability allows you to give a disobedient pet a command whether you’re just a room or town away.
Indulge you're inner techy with IFTT commands. For the uninitiated, IFTT stands for If This, Then That. It’s an automation service that allows you to create commands, or “recipes”, that are triggered when a specified action occurs. Setup specific cues for when to turn lights and devices on or off. Whether you want to do so by email, text or simply set up a schedule. You can also set up a series of events so that when you turn one device on or off others in the room will do the same.
Wemo works with your Nest thermostat through a mutual partnership. This means that Nest can trigger your Wemo devices to turn on or off and you can use the Wemo app to control your Nest thermostat. Which means one less app on your phone and one more available space on your home screen for the latest addition to the Candy Crush Saga.
Looking to buy a house in the next few months? Ultimately, a cautious approach to purchasing a residence may prove to be ideal, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.
There are many reasons to err on the side of caution as you search for your dream house, including:
1. You don't want to pay too much for a house.
Although acquiring your dream house may seem priceless, it is important to remember that the costs to purchase a residence can add up quickly. As such, if you're not careful, you risk overspending on a house.
Lucky for you, there are many simple ways to avoid the temptation to bid too much on a residence.
First, analyze the housing market closely and search for patterns and trends. If you discover an abundance of houses is available, you may be operating in a "buyer's" market. As a result, you may be better equipped than ever before to acquire a top-notch residence at a budget-friendly price.
Don't forget to get pre-approved for a mortgage prior to starting your home search too. That way, you can enter the housing market with a mortgage – and budget – in hand.
2. You want to find a house that you can enjoy for years to come.
A home is one of the biggest purchases that an individual will make in his or her lifetime. Thus, it is important to allocate the necessary time and resources to assess a house before you submit an offer on it.
Of course, a home showing is a must prior to the submission of a home offer. A home showing allows you to walk around a residence and envision what life might be like if you purchase this home.
After you submit an offer on a house, you'll likely have the opportunity to complete a property inspection before you finalize your home sale. This inspection is important, as it enables you to learn about any "hidden" problems that may have gone unnoticed during an initial home showing.
If you feel comfortable with a residence after an inspection, you can move forward with a home sale. Or, if you aren't comfortable with a house at this point, you can always submit a counter-proposal or remove your offer entirely.
3. You want your home to retain its long-term value.
Let's face it – buying a home is a tough decision. And if you need extra help determining whether a home purchase is a viable long-term decision, it may be a good idea to consult with a real estate agent.
Typically, a real estate agent can respond to any of your homebuying concerns and questions, at any time. He or she is happy to help you explore high-quality houses, and by doing so, will enable you to take the guesswork out of discovering a residence that will retain its value.
Err on the side of caution as you proceed along the homebuying journey, and you should have no trouble purchasing a residence that matches or surpasses your expectations.