Technology

5 smart home device-compatible upgrades that raise home values

'Alexa, sell my house for more money'
  • Buyers are willing to pay more for smart home upgrades, and Amazon Echo-compatible devices are a simple and relatively inexpensive place to start.

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When looking to increase the value of one’s home before selling, common renovations include updating flooring, changing countertops, slapping a fresh coat of paint on the front door and maybe updating some of the home’s appliances. Although all of these renovations are great ways to up the value of a home, technology trends in smart home appliances are seriously upping the game for those looking to sell their home. In fact, integrating smart home hardware in the home can directly increase the value of the property. Buyers are increasingly being lured in with IoT (Internet of Things) devices that can be integrated with their smart home hub. Because Amazon’s Alexa-enabled Echo and Echo Dot are among the most popular home assistants, here are five of the Amazon Echo-compatible smart home upgrades that can be integrated in the home to increase its value and lure in potential buyers.   1. Lighting Smart lights involve replacing the lightbulbs in the home with...