Disable Smart Home Technology When You Sell Your Home

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Recently,  an article in USA Today featured something that might be forgotten in a real estate sale.  The advent of Smart Home Technology is yet another item to disconnect when selling your home.  We know to disconnect utility company services when we sell our homes, but now we must also remember to Disable Smart Home Technology When You Sell Your Home.  

 

The article shares exactly why this is very important.  Imagine setting your thermostat only to have it revert back to a different setting!  It's as if your home is occupied by ghosts or maybe you don't know how to set your thermostat?  Or maybe there was a problem with the furnace? 

 

Except in the article the new owners was setting a thermostat he no longer owned.  Apparently, he owned a smart home system in his former house and the new home had one, too.  Making the switch to a different thermostat is critically important.

 

There are also other smart home technologies in existence today that should also be reset.  Your alarm system, lighting, security cameras and systems, television, internet, and any other number of technologies available in today's high tech world.  

 

For these reasons, a smart home checklist was created for realtors by Chad Curry with the Online Trust Alliance.   Seldom do we realtors think of this end stage transition for a new buyer.  The Smart Home Checklist can be accessed here to use as a reminder during the sale of a home to ensure that systems are either deactivated or reset for new owners. 

 

So don't forget to Disable Smart Home Technology When You Sell Your Home.  The new owner will appreciate it. 

 

I'm definitely adding this checklist as a reminder for home sellers to process this transfer.  

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Jan Green
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It wouldn't be much fun if you couldn't control your thermostat Morgan Evans !  I bet tensions would rise!  

Mar 02, 2017 08:34 AM #33
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April Swenson
Coldwell Banker Ocean Shores Brokers - Ocean Shores, WA
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Great post! Thank you. It is kind of like selling any kind of used technology....Reset everything.

Mar 02, 2017 09:19 AM #34
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Jan Green
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So true April Swenson !  Thank you for commenting!

Mar 02, 2017 09:53 AM #35
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Kathleen Daniels
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Well, I guess the entire "smart" concept has some not-so-smart components. This is all good to know. 

Mar 02, 2017 04:18 PM #36
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Jan Green
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Yes it is a good reminder and one I hadn't thought about Kathleen Daniels .  I have a listing with 2 NEST thermostats and a remote alarm system.  I'll definitely ask them to disable their connection for the next owner!  Have a great Friday!

Mar 03, 2017 06:28 AM #37
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Praful Thakkar
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Thanks for sharing this Jan Green.

I am going to update my checklist - for both buyers and sellers - to include this.

For some reason, the link to the PDF shows jargon - from their website as well - just an FYI.

Mar 03, 2017 08:44 PM #38
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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Well this could cause some real problems for both buyers and sellers. Great advice! Congrats on the feature!

Mar 04, 2017 02:32 PM #39
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Jan Green
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So glad that you can use this information Praful Thakkar  and Sharon Tara !    Thank you!

Mar 04, 2017 03:45 PM #40
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Congratulations on a great feature story! You provided excellent information sellers need to know and buyers too! Sometimes in the rush and the excitement things like you mentioned are easy to forget. 

You're a very thoughtful Agent, among your many best qualities. 

Mar 09, 2017 08:56 AM #41
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Jan Green
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Thank you Patricia Feager !  We try, right ?!  Providing something of value helps set us apart and I'm sure you do that in your business as well.  Thank you for commenting and have a great rest of your day!

Mar 09, 2017 01:51 PM #42
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Patricia Feager
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Jan Green - You definitely add value to all of us! I'm so glad you're a member of ActiveRain!

Mar 09, 2017 03:02 PM #43
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Lou Ludwig
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Jan

Great post . . . . Your post is right on point.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 13, 2017 06:03 PM #44
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Lou Ludwig
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Jan

Congratulations on a well earned feature for an informative post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Mar 13, 2017 06:05 PM #45
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Jan Green
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Thank you Lou Ludwig !  I appreciate your comments :) Have a great day!

Mar 14, 2017 05:40 AM #46
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Congrats on this featured post.  Lots to think about when selling a smart home!

Mar 15, 2017 08:29 PM #47
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Jan Green
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So true Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 .  Add this to your to do list!

Mar 15, 2017 08:53 PM #48
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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Excellent reminder, Jan Green ... and I'm betting, something often overlooked or forgotten about ...

Gene

Mar 21, 2017 09:45 AM #49
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Jan Green
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Thank you Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi !  Appreciate your comments and your post on Linkedin!  Another way to add value to our service is to answer questions before they are asked ;) Have a great day!

Mar 21, 2017 09:57 AM #50
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John Pusa
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Jan Green it is very good idea to disable smart home technology when selling a home

Mar 24, 2017 08:21 PM #51
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Jan Green
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We have to think well outside the box these days when helping clients John Pusa !  Thank you for stopping by with a comment!

Mar 24, 2017 08:29 PM #52
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