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Investing in smart home appliances is more of a necessity than an option today. For starters, there are smart appliances you can add to your homes, including smart kitchen appliances and advanced security systems. And, on top of that, there are smart hubs to choose from, with the latest models from Google and Amazon being very affordable.

Of course, turning a property into a smart home requires a bit of planning. You have to think about the best appliances to add and how to integrate them into a unified system for maximum benefits. The tips and tricks we are about to discuss in this article will help you turn your home into a smart one without jumping through hoops.

The Right Hub

The first task to complete is choosing a smart home hub. As mentioned before, you have a lot to choose from. The Amazon Echo line works with a wide range of smart devices, but Google’s Home devices are just as robust. Remember that the hub determines the rest of the smart appliances you can add to your home, so choosing one is a big decision to make.

The easiest way to overcome this challenge is by reverting back to your personal expectations. How do you want your smart home to function? What kind of smart appliances do you want to add to different rooms around the house? What’s your budget for the conversion? These factors will lead you to the right hub for you.

Consider Some DIYs

While there are a lot of ready-made appliances that work out of the box with your smart home hub, you may want to consider the DIY route when turning your home into a smart one. There are some very good reasons why DIY smart appliances and gadgets are often better.

First of all, the DIY projects are much more manageable than you think. You can build your own pet feeder or smart controllers for older appliances using a raspberry pi board and some extra modules. You don’t need to be an engineer or a programmer either.

DIY projects are also more robust in many ways. For example, you can tackle challenges that normal smart locks cannot solve by developing your own. And, since you are making your own smart locks, you can design them to meet your specific needs perfectly.

Integration Is Important

Last but not least, always plan to integrate the smart devices you add to your house from the beginning. The Nest thermostats you install around the house must work well with the air conditioner and central heating system for them to be effective. The same is true with your smart coffee maker and other kitchen appliances.

Integration, when planned correctly, creates a truly smart ecosystem around the house. That’s when you know you can enjoy maximum convenience from the smart features you add to your home, whether you are in the house or outside. Combined with DIY projects mentioned earlier and a capable hub to tie everything together, turning your home into a smart one becomes easier than ever. 

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Sean Jacobson

I'm Sean, a former HR and business consultant providing you insights into the business world for Leader to Leader.

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