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.
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