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Home Automation – The High Tech House Movement

I am very particular with the referral partners I work with. Sending my clients to an electrician who will educate, understand, and go the extra mile for my clients is so important.  Kevin Jackson from Yellow Jacket Energy Services has proven himself to be one of the best electricians I have had the privilege to work with over the last 9 years. Here is Kevin letting us all know the amazing benefits of home automation, and the packages that Yellow Jacket Energy Services offers.

 

Until recently, home automation seemed like something from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Now, there are amazing developments in technology which allow us to be able to control interconnecting features of our home from anywhere in the world.

 

Having a home automation system installed and making your home “smarter” has so many benefits!

 

  • Save Money – Having a home automation system can save you money with your utility costs for years to come!
    • Set your lights to turn off or dim automatically to save energy usage
    • Have your outdoor lights turn on when motion is detected, instead of leaving them on all day or night
    • Set your furnace and air conditioning to use less energy
    • Avoid monthly fees for security features, and monitor them yourself with your system

 

  • Feel Secure – Installing an HA system can mean more security for your biggest purchase, lessening stress and worry about your home and your safety.
    • Set sensors and alarms for the whole house, or for rooms of your choice
    • Get notified instantly if any doors or windows are opened if they aren’t supposed to be
    • Program sirens and strobes to go off if your home is invaded
    • Lock and unlock your doors from anywhere, and set reminders to lock your doors remotely
    • Get an HD video alert if someone is on your doorstep. You can even scare off a potential thief with two-way voice communication from anywhere.
    • Monitor specific cabinets so your children don’t get into something hazardous
    • While you are on vacation, make your home look like it’s being lived in
    • Set a temperature sensor for when you are on vacation and get notified if your temperature is too low or high.
    • Detect water leaks in your home and be notified before your basement starts to flood
    • Set your system to notify you about smoke and carbon monoxide, which allows you to call for help instantly.

 

  • Increase Your Home’s Value
    • A smart home is cutting edge and will make your property more prominent in the market, will increase interest, and add value to your home.

 

  • User friendliness – The home automation package can be used right from your smartphone and tablet!

 

  • Up your comfort! Set routines such as “good morning” or “movie night”, and set your devices to do exactly what you want during those routines

 

Yellowjacket Energy Services has a great home automation package for sellers who want to increase their home’s value. This package includes:

  • Main control hub (brains of the operation)
  • Voice activated controller (install in common area to show clients you can talk to your house and have it control lights, play music, turn up heat, etc.)
  • Dimming smart switches and 5 on/off smart switches (pick areas of house best shown with automation and voice control.  Also, set as a “vacation routine” to make house lived in, even if it is vacant)
  • Moisture sensors
  • Water shutoff valve (if any of the 3 above moisture sensors detect a leak, it will automatically close the water main and prevent house from flooding)
  • Indoor motion sensors (set up to show clients lights can turn on/off as you walk into rooms without touching anything)
  • Smart Thermostat (control by smartphone or voice activation)

 

Each package can be customized with options from many devices, sequences, and alarms, and the price to supply, install and program everything above is $2,995 + GST, which also includes an electrical permit and inspection report.  Yellowjacket Energy Services also offers financing on Home Automation packages based on a 120 month term, but can be paid off at any time without a penalty. If you are listing your home and want to include this package, you can pay $30/month while your home is on the market, then pay the balance when the property sells.

 

Find more information on Yellowjacket’s home automation packages and services here 

 

Want to connect with Kevin? Keep in touch with Kevin and Yellow Jacket Energy Services!

Visit their website here

Email at contactus@yellowjacketenergy.ca

Call at 1-855-955-2285

 

Still have questions about home automation, and how it can help you sell your property? Let’s chat!

How To Stage Your Home Like A Pro Part One

stage your home

 

There is a lot to think about when it comes to selling your house, and staging is a process that should not be overlooked. It is estimated that 71% of agents who represent sellers believe that proper staging can boost up the value of your home. An example of this comes from Terrylynn Fisher, a REALTOR® with Dudum Real Estate Group in Walnut Creek, California. Two units in the same complex were for sale, and one unit had not been updated, while the other had small upgrades, including fresh coats of paint and a redone bathroom, but both units were the same size and floor plan. The unit that was staged sold for approximately $30,000 more than the other unit.

Staging is a critical part in marketing your house, and keeps you in the competitive market, which means you might be able to sell your home faster. It’s much more than just a quick vacuum and making the bed. Proper staging involves the processes of removing clutter, fixing and upgrading, and finally creating a space that is less personal to you. This might sound like a lot to think about, but luckily we have a room-by-room guide to help you get going on staging your home like a pro.

Living Room

  • For the living room it is important to think about symmetry and balance. This comes into play with everything from the placement of your sofa, to placing accents such as pillows and lighting. Balance is pleasing to the eye, and can create a space that shows decorating potential to your buyers.
  • Brighten up the room with touches of light. Modern and unique lamps create a more appealing space, and highlight areas that may be overlooked.
  • If you have a fireplace, clean it up by replacing the screen and getting rid of any soot stains.
  • When it comes to choosing colours for your staging furniture or slip covers for your current pieces, stick with lighter shades to create an open, airy atmosphere.
  • Create a larger space by removing a piece or two of unnecessary furniture.
  • Pop some colour in with your accent pieces. Think about adding brightly coloured throws, pillows, or lamps to add extra interest.
  • Setting up lifestyle pieces, such as a board game or a small home office space will allow buyers see themselves in your home.
  • Take the focus off the TV and arrange your furniture to be more conversational

 

Kitchen

  • It’s important to keep the clutter out of sight in this area. Be sure that the countertops are completely cleared, aside from a few accents such as fresh fruit or flowers.
  • Keep your matching dishes and glassware in your cupboards, but keep any pieces that are mismatched packed away. Keep what’s in your cupboards down to a minimum – it’s more pleasing to look inside nice, clean cupboards and drawers, rather than messy and cluttered ones.
  • Simple updates, such as a new coat of paint or stain, replacing broken or missing handles, and new hardware will keep your kitchen looking fresh.
  • Seriously scrub the interior and exterior of all cabinets, drawers, and small and large appliances. And don’t forget to stash away all your family photos and magnets that you regularly keep on the fridge, and toss out any trash before a showing or open house.

 

Bedrooms

  • Make your closets look larger by packing up any unnecessary items – seasonal clothing, footwear, or accessories that might create a cluttered look.
  • To keep your closet looking more streamlined, trade out any old and mismatched hangers for a nice, clean set of wooden or velvet hangers.
  • As your cleaning, remember to stow away any jewellery or valuables in a safe place.
  • Think about giving each room an individual identity, such as a spare bedroom, an office, or a craft room.

 

Dining Room

  • This room has great potential for your buyers to “see” themselves in this space. Give them an idea of what it would be like to entertain in your home – set out trendy place settings with a decorated table, fit for a special gathering of friends and family.
  • Think about adding in elements, such as wine glasses, a retro-style bar set up, or a decanter – without making it too cluttered.

 

Be sure to check out the second half of our home-staging guide here!

 

Source: https://www.houselogic.com/sell/preparing-your-home-to-sell/home-staging-checklist/