You don’t have to be a digital genius to implement smart technology into your home. In fact, the majority of devices on the market are designed to be installation-friendly. Making these additions to your home can make daily tasks easier, and can actually net you monetary returns. We’ll look at five that are simple to set up.

1. Smart Virtual Assistants

Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri: these are all potential options if you’re looking for a virtual assistant. Voice-operated and designed for practical use, the idea is to call upon these devices when you’re in a pinch. For instance, when your hands are covered in flour and you need to set the oven timer for 10 minutes, all you have to do is ask. Or if you need to convert tablespoons to teaspoons or ounces on the spot, these ‘assistants’ will give you the answer immediately.

2. Smart Doorbells

Video doorbells are usually simple to install if your home already has doorbell wiring. It works with the infrastructure you already have and allows you to be virtually home even when you’re not. Monitor who’s approaching the home and speak to them through the doorbell. For instance, if a delivery happens to show up while you’re at work or out of town, you can give the driver instructions about where to stow the package so it will be safer until you return.

3. Smart Lightbulbs

Want to dim the lights upon command? Turn them off when you’re not at home? Smart lightbulbs can be installed with simple kits to make your life a little easier and your electric bills a little cheaper. LED smart lightbulbs use less energy too, making them better for the environment. You can even get them in different colors which can make for a fun addition to any room.

4. Smart Smoke Detectors

Imagine getting an alert to your phone if your smoke detector goes off, giving you more time to react to a fire if you’re not around. Easy to both connect and install, this option is available for carbon monoxide detectors too. These devices will also send you an alert when the battery is starting to die which will make it easier to stay on top of replacements. You might even get a discount on your home insurance for this DIY upgrade.

5. Smart Thermostats

You’ve likely already heard that it doesn’t always pay to turn down your thermostat when you leave – the energy to reheat the room is just too much to justify. But a smart thermostat is precise and intuitive, automatically adjusting when you leave and return home. By using geofencing and voice control, this device works to keep your electrical bills at a bare minimum. These devices usually come with a step-by-step instruction manual and can work with most types of heating and cooling systems.

No matter what type of smart home upgrades are most valuable to you, the goal for all of them is to make your home more functional. When you spend so much time there already, being comfortable is a must. DIY smart home conversation just makes the rewards that much more satisfying.

Hopkinton, MA:

This Condo in Hopkinton, MA recently sold for $685,000.
This is a Townhouse style home and features 6 total rooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, 2 bedrooms, and was sold by
Chuck Joseph – RE/MAX Executive Realty

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A welcoming wrap around farmer’s porch greets you at the front door of this tucked away gem. Step in to the open plan great room which centers around the soaring brick and bluestone fireplace. This contemporary cape has two stories of windows with views to the woods. Hardwood floors through most of the home. Kitchen includes stainless appliances and eating area. The open staircase leads to a spacious primary bedroom with a large walk in closet. First floor tiled mud room with ample closets and laundry! Two full baths with tiled floors. There is also a lovely deck surrounded by trees just off of the dining area. With its large yard and secluded location, this property is the perfect balance of privacy and easy access to main roads for commuting and shopping. Plus Hopkinton’s highly rated schools!

This is a Cape/Contemporary style home and features 5 total rooms, 2 full baths, 2 bedrooms, 1.38 Acres, and is currently available for $489,900.

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Moving from one state to another is stressful enough for adults and children. Often pets are doubly confused. Your home may be the only world they’ve known. They don’t understand why you’re leaving or if you’re coming back. Boxes are piling up and moving people, family and friends are everywhere. This may increase your pet’s anxiety and find them acting out or running away more than usual.

We’ve compiled five of the best expert tips for moving cross-country with your pet.

1. Prepare yourself for the move

We love this one from the New York Times. Often pets pick up on your own frazzled, sad or angry emotions. If you’re frantically sorting boxes or searching for items, your pet will feel equally frustrated.

If this move is causing you stress, take time to slow down and do something you love. Remember, this is temporary. Whether it’s an upgrade or a downsize, you’re going to love your new home.

2. Put them in a quiet room

All the boxes, shifting furniture and people are disorienting. On top of that, the front door may be propped open for extended periods. Put your pet in a room as far from the commotion as possible. If they’re prone to gnawing or scratching, put them in a crate and play some white noise, pleasant music or a TV program they’ll associate with you to ease the stress.

3. Acclimate your pet to their carrier

If your pet is afraid of the carrier they’ll travel in, leave it out in the room for a few weeks before your move. They can walk in and out of it on their own and know that it’s not a trap. Put some treats and a blanket they love in there. Help them make positive associations with that safe traveling crate.

4. Assess the new surroundings 

If you’re moving cross country, you may encounter unfamiliar hazards like:

  • Poisonous plants
  • Feral animals
  • Busy streets close to your home
  • Rat traps or bug-control pellets

You know your pet best and what may be a risk to them. Inspecting for hazards will help you prepare for their safe arrival.

5. Let them adjust slowly

Don’t give your pets a whole new world to explore all at once. Instead, start them in one room like a laundry room or bathroom with food, water, bed and litter box (if applicable). Spend a few hours with them there. Then introduce them to the rest of their new home.

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