These upgrades are quick, easy, and won’t break the bank

If you’re planning to sell your home, having a few smart features could sweeten the deal and make it that much easier to sell. Here’s our list of the five best smart upgrades to look into if you’re selling your home.


When you’re selling your home, one of the strongest selling points you can show to potential buyers is comfort. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t want to be comfortable in their own home!

With a list of amazing smart features, including artificial intelligence which learns your preferences, automatic power-down when you leave the house and full smartphone connectivity, having a Nest thermostat on your wall is a sleek, technological way of saying if you live here, you’ll be living in climate-controlled luxury.

For bonus selling points, make sure your agent is ready to tell potential buyers that this thermostats thermal thaumaturgy can save them up to $145 per year.


The great thing about upgrading your home with an August Smart Lock Pro is that it’s one of the first things a potential buyer is going to see. Before they even set foot in your house they’ll get a sense of convenience and security.

The August Smart Lock Pro is a WiFi enabled door lock with some great security features.

Through a secure permissions system, you can send keyless access codes to trusted people and then revoke them when no longer required. You can also control and monitor your front door using a (password protected) app on your smartphone.

For an extra cool feature to sweeten the deal, get your agent to casually mention that this lock can even be configured to work with Siri, Alexa or Google Home.

3. GREEN IQ – $229

Green IQ is a smart irrigation system which uses an array of sensors and connectivity features to perfectly optimize how your garden is watered.

Up to three of these deftly drenching doohickies can be linked via a central hub, and the whole system can be controlled through an app on your smartphone.

The cool thing about enhancing your home with smart irrigation tech is that it offers potential buyers not just the lure of added convenience, but also the promise of cold hard savings. The Smart IQ irrigation system can cut outdoor water bills by up to 50%.

If the draw of hassle-free watering and big savings aren’t enough to get your buyer signing on the dotted line, you might like to mention that the Green IQ can detect pipe leaks and can be configured to notify you if parts of the garden need more water.


In a recent survey of potential homebuyers, 63% said they’d like smart lighting in their future home. Given their low cost and ease of installation, smart lighting makes all kinds of sense as a home upgrade.

The Hue Light Recipe kit is simple and versatile. It comes with a dimmer switch that can either be installed in place of an existing switch or simply attached to a wall with an adhesive strip where it’s needed.

With no wiring whatsoever, you can have one or more lights in your home that can be controlled by an app and dimmed effortlessly.

To ever so subtly advertise your home’s nifty smart-lighting, you can always casually leave the included remote control unit on the coffee table!

The Ring Video Doorbell is a powerful selling point for the security of your home. It’s a proven technology when it comes to deterring theft and with any luck, buyers will instantly recognize that reassuring blue circle of light and know what it means.

This thing even has night vision!

As you can see, upgrading your home with smart technologies needn’t be complicated or expensive.

If you can advertise your home as “equipped with smart technology”, it’s just one more useful selling point to draw a potential buyer to your home and hopefully ready to sign that dotted line.

Good luck in selling your home!


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OK, OK you’ve twisted our arm. We have one more bonus smart technology for you to look at – the Phyn Plus Water Leak Detector. Right up front, we’re going to point out that this item is a bigger ticket item, retailing at $850.

This device does one thing really, really well. It protects your house from water damage. If a catastrophic leak happens, the Phyn leak detector immediately shuts off your water and notifies your mobile phone. It’ll also perform a daily audit of your plumbing and let you know if it needs your attention.

If your home has old pipes or if you’re in an area where freezing regularly causes plumbing to rupture, this device can save thousands in potential water damage – and it can deliver a whole lot of peace of mind.