Selling Your Home? Don't forget About Smart Technology!

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

After reading Shayne Stone's blog, "Age in Place with a Smart Home," I was reminded of some idiosyncrasies when selling a Smart Home.  Smart Homes, and even average homes, may have many advanced features and a lot of technology in place.  That technology is tethered to the owner.  So selling a Smart Home, or any home with settings, requires a few extra steps. 

 

It's top of mind to stop and restart utility connections when selling a home and moving from one home to the next.  But do you remember to reset technology to factory settings?  If those settings aren't restored and a buyer moves into your home, they will be living in a home with the previous owners saved settings.  Talk about phantom hot and cold settings.  Even if a homeowner tries to change the temperature, the saved settings may be stored on the app on their phone. So a listing agent needs to remind a home seller of this for consideration.

 

Just the settings in your garage door, garage keypad, irrigation systems, and gate code numbers need to be changed on every home.  And if a home has a smart thermostat or any smart features, those need to be reset before a home buyer moves into a home.  

 

Your garage door is set to your car for newer cars with embedded remote buttons.  Consider the circumstances of a previous owner selling a car that has a garage door access embedded into the visor remote buttons.   Tax records are oftentimes public records.  So if a car is purchased and that person learns where the car used to be parked, that information could be shared! 

 

Be mindful of these features the next time you buy or sell a home.   

 

This is a copy of the form, but visit this link to share

 

Smart Home Checklist

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Comments (24)

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you Joan Cox.  You're ahead of the curve!

Aug 16, 2022 04:16 PM
Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Jan, that's a great list. Very useful. Technology now can be a nightmare for some. And that includes me! Just bought a new Samsung Galaxy 22 Ultra phone. I'm still resetting and reprogramming all the apps. Yikes. And I never realized how many apps I had. Arrgh.

Aug 16, 2022 11:38 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jan... what a wonderful resource you've shared with us. Thank you!. I've downloaded the checklist form for future use.

Aug 17, 2022 05:19 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jan- lots of food for thought!  And something I'd not thought of was our cars that have embedded remote openers!!!  Something to remember if you sell your car or it's stolen!

Aug 17, 2022 09:43 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good morning Jon Quist !  There are so many apps, something for everyone.  It's hard to keep track!  Thank you for reading and have a great day!

You're welcome Nina Hollander, Broker ! Hope it helps a client for you.  Thank you for reading and have a great day!

Right?!  I wonder how many people actually change their garage remote codes

Kathy Streib ?!   Probably not 50%.  Something to consider.  Thank you and have a great day!

Aug 17, 2022 10:42 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Aug 20, 2022 06:31 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Thank you!

Aug 22, 2022 01:14 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Jan. The technology that makes our life easier also comes with some burdens. Enjoy your day.

Aug 21, 2022 05:13 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Jan - I can now think of all of things I would have to reset.  I have have to look it up.

Aug 21, 2022 05:45 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Jan,

What a great list to share with us. There are so many technology items  to be mindful of when buying or selling a home.   

Aug 21, 2022 07:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

These are very good reminders to share with home sellers.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Aug 21, 2022 07:32 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Our homes are getting more and more complex.  Sometimes it is difficult to remember everything that needs to be done when  a property transfers ownership.  Thank you for the handy checklist!

Aug 21, 2022 11:55 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ as I commented on Margaret Rome's re-blog of your blog"

""these days it seems we have more and more "Usernames" and "Passwords" to remember.  And lets not forget, "How Did I Set That Again" ....... LOL""

Aug 21, 2022 01:50 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ

Thank you for letting me know about the re-blog.  How kind! 

Aug 22, 2022 01:15 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for the feature Kathy Streib ! Appreciate you!

Aug 22, 2022 01:16 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

And there are no short cuts Wayne Martin !  Keep that list handy!

Aug 22, 2022 01:18 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Glad you think so Dorie Dillard Austin TX !  And the list of technology just keeps growing!  Thank you for reading and commenting!

 

Aug 22, 2022 01:20 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you Roy Kelley !  I appreciate your review!

Aug 22, 2022 01:20 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're welcome Ray Henson !  It's so important to stay on top of technology.  Thank you for your review! 

Aug 22, 2022 01:22 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true George Souto !  The list of passwords seems endless.  Staying on top of it is so important.  Thank you for reading and commenting!

Aug 22, 2022 01:23 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Yeah you can’t really mess with the technology too much and you just have to let it be useful to you

Sep 04, 2022 05:08 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Except that it needs to be transferred to the new owner Laura Cerrano .  If you don't, your smart thermostat  will be set on someone else's settings and they can control it from their phone.  Thank you for commenting!

Sep 07, 2022 07:59 AM