Lisa Oleksak-Sullivan's Blog
With each passing day, more advancement in technology hits the market. Innovations are springing up to simplify life in all areas of the home. Technology has always made home life easier for people from washing machines to take care of your laundry to dishwashers to clean your dishes. Now, new inventions have reached other areas in the home, and integration with your smartphone allows you to manage it from anywhere in the world. Take advantage of these smart new gadgets for your home.
Smart doorbells allow you to monitor people outside your door via video link. You can even have a conversation with visitors when you are not home. A smart doorbell is not expensive, and you can quickly install it — so long as your home was initially wired for a doorbell. You can even pair the smart doorbell with other technology in your home for extra security.
Smart locks provide additional security for your doors, especially entry points. They come designed with touchpads and lack a keyhole. A smart locks connection to your smartphone allows you to remotely unlock your door for visitors without sharing your personal passcode. Smart locks also allow you to create passcodes for different people that enter your home enabling you to know who comes in and when they gain entry.
Learning thermostats analyze the pattern of energy usage in your home and make adjustments automatically to fit your routine. Using a smart thermostat allows you to become more efficient in energy management. You can replace your old thermostat with smart ones, and some utilities even offer special programs to help you do so. Most smart thermostats limit the use of power when you are not at home and adjust the temperature to coincide with when you return.
Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
A smart smoke detector functions like a traditional version in that an audible alert sounds when smoke is present. The benefit of smart smoke detectors is that their connection to your smartphone allows you to be notified of a fire emergency even while you are away from your residence. The same is true for carbon monoxide detectors alert which sense build-up of the deadly, odorless gas in your home. The remote notifications could help with timely intervention if pets or housemates are at present when carbon monoxide is detected.
Sometimes, having to clean your home by yourself is a lot of work. The robot vacuum has eliminated the stress and time required to vacuum your home. A robotic vacuum cleans your floors by making frequent trips around your home, sucking up dirt, crumbs, and debris lying on the floor. You can schedule them to work during the night or while you are out so that the work is done at a time that won’t interfere with your regular activities.
Most smart devices are energy efficient so they can help you save energy and money when you integrate them into your home. Many newer homes come wired for smart devices, so let your agent know if having a smart home is high on your list.
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There was a time when moving across the country was a trip into the unknown. For some, that prospect may be an exciting one. For a homeowner with bills to pay or children to raise, the more you know about a place the better.
Fortunately, today’s technology equips us with tools to learn everything (or almost everything) we need to know about a place without ever visiting. With the use of statistics, maps, and first-hand accounts, would-be homeowners can put in their researcher hats and get a feel for a place without ever even visiting.
In today’s post, I’m going to introduce you to some of those tools. So, if you’re thinking of making a long distance move sometime in the near future, read on for a list of the most useful resources that will help you along your search.
Cost of living
Most of us would love to move to Hawaii or San Francisco, but let’s face it--cost of living differences can make a huge impact on our ability to move wherever we want. Fortunately, there is reliable data on the specific cost of living for different parts of the United States.
Nerdwallet’s cost of living calculator lets you enter your current city and income and then compare what you would need to earn (on average) to move to a city of your choice. Moving to Boston, MA from Denver, CO, for example, would mean a 34% increase in costs like housing, groceries, transportation, etc.
Do you freelance or work from home and have the ability to travel wherever you want? If so, check out the Nomad List. It lets you compare housing costs, safety, weather, and--perhaps most important for freelancers--internet speeds in cities around the country and around the world.
How’s the weather?
Another important consideration for long distance moves is the climate. Not only will it determine your wardrobe and comfort level, but it also could mean more expensive heating in the winter or air conditioning in the winter.
To check out the average monthly temperatures and precipitation levels, check out U.S. Climate Data.
It’s hard to judge schools based on a few numbers, and it’s best to see what kind of programs and classes they’ll offer for your children as well. However, to get a glimpse of the nearby schools, you can check out City Data or NeighborhoodScout.
Safety is always a concern when visiting or moving to a new place. Fortunately, there are several good sources of information for neighborhood safety.
When we think of safety, most of us think of things like crime rates. NeighborhoodScout provides all the data you’ll need on crime. However, there are other safety concerns that should be addressed.
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