By Patrick Young
Smart technology used to be considered a luxury. But today, most homebuyers expect some smart features in their homes. When you are a future homeowner with a disability, these become all the more important as they not only help you remain independent but also keep your budget in check. Here are a few things to consider when it’s time to buy a new home with the Victoria Ranck Group or outfit an existing property with smart technology that makes sense for you.
Focus on functionality
More than just being connected to the internet, your home should be fully functional. Since you’ll be spending a great deal of time in the kitchen, it makes sense to start here. If you are in a wheelchair, you may benefit from a home with lowered cabinets, a ceramic top oven, and a smart refrigerator.
Lights that you can control with your smartphone are also beneficial. If not already included in the home purchase, budget for a digitally-connected washer and dryer. These are environmentally-friendly, and you can control them from anywhere in the home. Smart home hubs, such as Nest or Echo, may be set up so that you can intercom from room to room without having to physically navigate through the house.
A few other top smart features to consider include:
- Security cameras
- Motion detectors
- Garage doors
- Vacuum cleaners
- Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Smart locks
Before you set your home up to be fully digitally connected, you’ll want to protect your devices and personal network. You can read about cybersecurity online or have your devices installed by a professional who can put protective measures in place.
Aside from security, you will want to spend your money wisely by paying close attention to what you need. If your budget is a concern, you’ll want to focus on those smart features that benefit you the most and that save energy, which may result in lower utility bills.
How Smart Tech Empowers
When you’re living with a disability, everything you can do to enhance your capabilities will empower you to live your best life. Smart technology can do that in many ways. First, many devices are voice-controlled, meaning that mobility and manual dexterity is not an issue.
Smart security can also make your home much safer and allow your loved ones to check in on you, day or night. You’ll save precious minutes and expend less energy doing tasks remotely that used to require physical movements, such as turning on lights or checking to see if there is milk in the refrigerator. While these sound like small conveniences, they will add up to a more independent you.
Many homes built today have smart features planned from the beginning. Older properties may need a bit of tweaking. Talk to your agent today about what’s important, and let them help you budget based on your needs, wants, and property availability.
Smart technology used to look a lot like Star Trek. And while we have yet to master food replicators and you can’t beam from one place to the next, you can control your world and give yourself tools to make your home a safe haven for your abilities today and in the future.
Are you ready to find your forever home? If so, let the Victoria Ranck Group guide you through the process. Her experience and dedication to her clients are unrivaled, and she will be your guide as you make one of the biggest decisions of your life. Call 941-320-9299 or 941-320-9399 now.