Smart Apartments: What gadgets do you need to make your place “smart”?

Smart apartments are becoming more and more popular as people realize implementing smart tech in their lives can save them money, increase efficiency, and improve their comfort. But, what gadgets make an apartment smart? Read on to find out.

Security Systems.

The best thing about this type of system is, you don’t have to pay a monthly fee as you do with a traditional system. The bad news is, there are so many to choose from. So, we’ve done a little research on the top-rated security gadgets.

  • SimpliSafe
  • Nest
  • Guardzilla
  • Ring Alarm Home Security

These brands range in price, but all offer basically the same features:

  • Notifications when someone enters or leaves your home.
  • Smash proof protection.
  • On-the-Go mobile control using your cellular device.
  • Built-in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Of the brands listed, SimpliSafe seems to offer a wider variety of options and, at under $300, is still relatively affordable. Check out their site to see if they are right for you.

As an added bonus, some insurance companies will actually give you a discount on your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance just because you have a security system. If you rent and don’t have insurance, you could be breaking your lease agreement. Stop right here and read this to find out why you NEED renter’s insurance.

General Gadgets You Can Easily Add Yourself.

Homeowners have a bit of an advantage when it comes to updating their home; they don’t have to get permission from a superintendent. So, they can go all out, swapping out appliances such as stove tops (yes, smart stoves are real) and washing machines. Renters don’t have that luxury, but there are still things you can do to protect yourself, save some money, or both.

  • Smart locks – these locks, operated by your smart phone, are easy to install. They simply go in place of your existing deadbolt.
  • Thermostats – again, using your smart phone, you can control the temperature in your apartment or home.
  • Lights – if you’re like me, you don’t like leaving lights on all day. But, walking in to a completely dark home can be a little scary. Turn them on remotely when you pull up and walk into a well-lit home.

Now, which ones should you buy? Well, as with the security systems, several companies offer smart gadgets at reasonable prices. Read the reviews, ask questions, and thoroughly research before you buy.

Most importantly, before you make any modifications, get permission. If your superintendent or property manager seems hesitant, try hosting a meeting with other tenants. If more tenants are interested, you may be able to persuade the manager.

Lastly, if you do get permission, store the locks, thermostats, etc. you replace and reinstall them when you move.

Home Devices.

Gadgets such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home can make life more convenient and safe.

Next week we’ll explore the differences between the two. Stay tuned!