When a buyer is purchasing luxury real estate as an investment, vacation destination, or second home, they want to make sure that their investment is protected. The most popular smart home features, like security, lighting control, smart thermostats, and smart locks can make it easier to keep your property safe. Our Estate Agents know the smart home features buyers want, and we've got the expert tips on smart devices to consider for your luxury home.
Smart Security System for Home Safety
If you're looking for a leg up when competing with other high-end Boca Raton luxury homes for sale, then a smart security system is the perfect place to start. A smart security system allows you to keep an eye on the home from anywhere, with window sensors, door sensors, cameras, and motion detectors that cover every inch of the home. There are a wide variety of smart security systems available, including some that integrate many of the other smart systems we'll cover on the list. You can also consider additional security systems, like smart locks where your smartphone doubles as your key.
Make Climate Control a Breeze with a Smart Thermostat
Whether you're managing an investment, keeping an eye on your second home, or want your current home to be the right temperature, a smart thermostat is key. Smart thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home from anywhere. The best models can even learn your daily schedule so that the home is always the right temperature.
Smart Lighting for Security and Convenience
We all know that a home that looks occupied is a less appealing target for would-be thieves. Keeping the lights on is the easiest way to make an empty home look occupied. Smart lighting adds an extra layer of security to the property, allowing you to control lighting from anywhere and make the home appear occupied when nobody's there. Make your first home look occupied even when you're out of town, or keep investment properties safe, secure, and well-lit from a distance.
Simplify Cooking and Kitchen Maintenance with Smart Appliances
While smart home tools related to security tend to rank near the top of the list for buyers, smart devices that make life more enjoyable around the home rank a close second. Smart appliances are a great place to start because every buyer wants an attractive, efficient, luxurious kitchen. Smart appliances provide online connectivity, make it easier to keep up with maintenance, handle key tasks automatically, and often use less energy. If you're looking for a smart device that will enhance the appeal of your kitchen, then a smart fridge is often the perfect place to start.
Smart Entertainment Devices Attract Younger Buyers
While not a necessity, stereo systems can be the icing on the cake for attracting younger buyers interested in luxury homes. These devices make it easier to enjoy leisure time, thanks to extensive streaming options and online connectivity.
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"Even the most sophisticated buyers can have trouble walking through an empty home and seeing themselves living there," Smith said. "Staging not only eliminates the guesswork about where and how to place furniture, it shows potential buyers the lifestyle they could attain if they were to purchase the home."Due to their wide reach across the country, Meridith Baer must understand the varying design trends from market to market, and coast to coast. Most noticeably, their coastal markets call for a more breezy, effortless look, while metropolitan areas often call for eclectic, curated staging.
"Each market has its own specific design requirements, in terms of both style and function," Smith said. "For example, we use smaller, more streamlined furniture in our San Francisco homes, since many of those are tighter spaces, whereas in Miami, we use larger furniture that epitomizes the 'coastal sleek' aesthetic, as we're often staging large estates with gorgeous ocean views."Not only do the trends in each market vary from another, the ways of the design world are always evolving. Meridith Baer Home is always ahead of the curve when it comes to determining the current status of design, as they have a consistent gauge of the latest and most popular trends. At the moment, transitional design featuring clean lines and neutral colors is back en vogue on both coasts. There has been a noticeable move from stark modern interiors to a warmer, more welcoming aesthetic.
"Modernity is still alive and well, but it's maturing into a more comfortable mode that's both more attractive and more attainable for all types of buyers," said Smith. "Natural materials are taking center stage, and color palettes have expanded from monochromatic extremes to softer tones."Meridith Baer has a stacked resume when it comes to staging homes in South Florida, so they deeply understand the design style of this region. In the more traditional homes they stage here, they have seen a shift from the heavy, dark Mediterranean aesthetic toward a lighter, more airy look reminiscent of coastal Montecito. The team even had a chance to show this transition by updating a home in the Royal Palm community. It was painted a bright ochre inside and out, with sage green trim. They painted the interior and exterior a gorgeous alabaster white, complemented by a dark navy trim and outriggers. They whitewashed the pecky cypress ceilings on the exterior loggia and courtyard with a light gradation of the same navy used on the trim. The result was absolutely jaw-dropping, and brought the property into the present day with a few brilliant paint color decisions.
Smith predicts that South Florida can expect to see some brass fixtures and accents used frequently on the West Coast. She says it is just a matter of time until they appear in force in our newly constructed properties. We are grateful for our partnership with Meridith Baer Home, as we trust their expertise and admire their dedication to their craft. Our exquisite properties they stage are able to shine all the more with their artistic touch, eye for beauty, and commitment to excellence.
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