We live in a digital age, and as such, things are constantly changing in terms of technology, especially when it comes to the changes and improvements in one’s home.
Future-proofing your home, therefore, isn’t something that you should wait for too long to do.
Soon enough, these changes may present a difference between making a nice sale and dealing with an outdated home nobody wants.
Not to mention that most of these changes affect the sustainability of your living, as well. If you’re not sure where to start as the future is knocking on your door, keep on reading.
1. Introduce Smart Technology to Your Home
Essentially, smart technology means that certain aspects and gadgets of your home can get automated. For instance, you can control your security systems, thermostat, heating, AC, lighting and even your locks via your smartphone or computer. Most homeowners would instantly think that the installation of these smart gadgets would cost them an arm and a leg, but that isn’t necessarily true.
There are different providers when it comes to smart home technology and it’s possible to find some really great deals for a very reasonable price.
2. Give Your Home an Energy-Efficient Makeover
Energy efficiency is a big part of living in the future. What’s more, when you do your part to protect the environment this way, you’ll also minimise your monthly costs in the long-run, even though things may seem a bit costly initially. Replacing your old appliances with energy-efficient ones is definitely one of the best ways to go about this as these appliances last longer and use less electricity.
Low-flow showers and low-flush toilets are also a common solution for a more sustainable home. Moreover, modern insulating techniques as well as double-glazed windows retain warm/cool air inside a lot better, which further reduces energy waste.
3. Improve the Safety of Your Home
Home security systems, as mentioned, are part of the smart technology trend that’s a must when it comes to future-proofing one’s home. But, these systems also provide effective monitoring that signals intruder alerts as well as hazards such as floods and fires.
Speaking of hazards, it’s important to make your home as safe as possible. In that respect, the use of zero-VOC paint has become increasingly popular. Furthermore, it’s paramount that a home has a proper fire duct system as well as a working ventilation system that can effectively get rid of toxic particles and dust in the air.
4. Upgrade the Wiring
With more technological advancements and new gadgets that are being launched every day, you can’t expect that a home with old wiring will be able to accommodate all those new devices. Some households experience difficulties even today, with just a Smart TV, computer and Internet connection.
However, the future is unstoppable and there will only be more perfected gadgets, devices and appliances which are more than likely to become essential for modern households. That said, upgrading your wiring may be the only way to properly prepare for what the future will bring.
5. Consider Switching to Solar Power
In an effort to be eco-friendlier and more sustainable, some homeowners have already switched to solar energy. Obviously, this trend is not as big as the other ones mentioned, but it’s gaining momentum every day. After all, relying on the “grid” for power supply is something that fewer people in the world are willing to do. What’s more, solar-powered homes will definitely be part of the future as the installation of solar panels right now has shown a boost in home’s resale value considerably.
You don’t have to change things in your home all at once as this is a type of investment that hardly anyone can pull off. And believing that it’s either now or never is the main reason why people tend to fall behind the times. It’s perfectly fine to take steps towards the future at your own pace as long as you’re not staying still.
Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work at PlainHelp.