Today’s solutions and incentives
When we mention the word value in our industry, it addresses two complementary sides of the coin: monetary and lifestyle. Smart features come in an array of shapes and sizes. While whole-home automation systems have risen in popularity, and become more mainstream over the years, smaller features like thermostats, keyless entry locks, and smart blinds have as well.
Architects and designers are now being strongly urged to integrate automation services into new build projects as part of a long-term strategy to build the homes we need for decades to come. The incentive for professionals is the additional value these improvements will make to the market price of a property or the speed of its transaction. However, you don’t need to be working in the industry to capitalise on today’s smart home trends.
According to a government publication in 2013, based on research by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), making energy-saving improvements to your property could increase its value by an average of 14%, and up to 38% in some parts of the England. Previous energy-saving incentives, such as the Green Deal, have since fallen by the wayside, but the emergence of home automation products provide cost-saving measures for the mainstream residential market.