NAHB June 22, 2015

The NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) today announced the addition of The International Surface Event (TISE) as an official show partner for Design & Construction Week (DCW), Jan. 19-22, 2016 in Las Vegas. TISE joins the International Window Coverings Expo (IWCE) as a partner event.

“TISE is the leading floor covering, stone and tile industry event in the country, so they are a natural fit to take part in Design & Construction Week, the largest annual residential construction event in the nation,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder from Blue Springs, Mo. “We are pleased to be able to welcome them back as an official show partner, and look forward to another great show in 2016.”

“As owners of KBIS, the National Kitchen & Bath Association is thrilled to have TISE back as an official show partner for Design & Construction Week,” remarked NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “As a founding partner in DCW it is incredibly rewarding for us to see the continued growth of this must-attend event. By joining forces to forge the DCW partnership, NKBA and NAHB have demonstrated that there is enormous strength in collaboration. Bringing so many industry representatives together in one location creates huge value for everyone involved.”

“This strategic agreement adds value for buyers and exhibitors at both venues,” explained Dana Teague, Vice President, Design Group, Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate. “Attendees and exhibitors reaped the benefits of this mega design and construction event.  Last year was the first year The International Surface Event joined forces with Design & Construction Week and we look forward to making it an even better experience in 2016.  Truly industry collaboration at its best.”

In 2014, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) launched Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas as IBS and KBIS co-located for the first time, along with IWCE. Building upon that success, other organizations have been invited to join on as partners, with TISE becoming an official partner in 2015 and again in 2016. The International Surface Event is made up of SURFACES, StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and TileExpo.

All the shows except TISE take place Jan. 19-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, while the TISE exhibits are open Jan. 20-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

In January, more than 3,700 exhibitors and 125,000 attendees participated in the five shows that made up the second Design & Construction Week. IBS and KBIS have agreed to co-locate this annual event through at least 2020.

Registered attendees will have access to all tradeshows held during Design & Construction Week. Registration for Design & Construction Week shows open on Sept. 1, 2015.

For more information on any of the Design & Construction Week shows, please visit:


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When you move the construction phase of building your new home, there are a few things you’ll want to double check to ensure you have the best possible experience. The majority of builders aren’t out to screw you over. In general they’re honest hard working people, this list is simply here in order to protect both you and the builder. And I’m sure we’ve all heard horror stories of less than honorable independent contractors taking advantage of friends or family.

The best way to ensure you’re getting what you want, is to sit down with your builder before the process starts and outline exactly what your getting and what they are giving. That way you’re both on the same page and they’ll have the chance to tell you upfront if your expectations are too high. Once your on the same page the building process should be smooth, stress free, and by the end of it, you’ll have a new home to enjoy for years to come.

Get a detailed copy of the specifications. 

The specs are the specifications for the materials used in the build. Used as a reference for producing a budget and ultimately becomes the purchase order for suppliers at the time of construction. Be sure that these are as detailed as possible! Anything that isn’t detailed to your exact specifications leaves room for assumptions on the builders part. When assumptions are made there are a few different possible outcomes;

Outcome 1 – The assumption is acceptable to you. Great!

Outcome 2 – The assumption is below your expectations. Whether it’s due to the builder using the wrong type of finish or the performance doesn’t meet your expectations, this is just the beginning of greater problems down the road.

Outcome 3 – The assumption is above your expectations. While this can be good, if it’s too far above your expectations it will end up costing you money that you weren’t willing to spend.

A set of specifications should be between 10 and 20 pages and give a thorough explanation of all of the materials that will be used in your home.

Be sure to get a detailed copy of the Scope of Work.

This document will specify the exact work to be accomplished, including installing the finishes and other materials. This will generally be used as a guide for the builder and will be used as a checklist during the builder’s quality control process. The scope of work is sometimes included in the specifications, but there are still come guidelines to consider when looking the document over.

The scope should follow the construction schedule beginning with excavation, foundation, framing, etc. This way  you’ll have an idea of what will be done in what order and give you the ability to prepare.

Additionally your scope of work and specifications will act as a purchase order for any vendors and subcontractors that will work on your home. If the scope isn’t clear to them the purchase order will be vague and you’ll have a subcontractor that possibly hasn’t even spoken with you making assumptions on the correct way to install the materials in your home!

The scope doubles as an inspection list. The builder will determine how  they want the materials installed based on a number of factors listed in the scope – price, warranty issues, cost of ownership, etc.

Construction Plans

The construction plans are the guidebook for everyone working on your home. Included in the construction plans is the specifications and the scope of work. Other things that should be included in your plans are;

A one dimensional floor plan accompanied by cross sections. If the plan doesn’t clearly spell out what should be built, the crafts-person will make assumptions.

Be sure you and your builder sign each page and keep those signed documents on site. Any changes you’ve made to your plan after you’ve signed them need to be recorded on  a change order.

You can’t assume that once you’ve discussed something verbally with your builder that it will be incorporated into your new home. Be sure to include everything on the signed documents in your construction plan.

Change Orders

A change order is any deviation from the original construction plans, scope of work, or specifications in written form. I can be difficult for a builder to implement a change order for a variety of reasons.

The ability to make changes are schedule dependent, once your home has progressed past a certain point some changes may be impossible without tearing things down. The changes need to be priced, processed internally, and then sent  out do the vendors, the vendors then need to process the change and get the word out to the rest of their crew. Additionally change order have the ability to create the domino effect. A change in the foundation will affect everything else, the framing, drywall, millwork, etc.

No matter how difficult the change order may be to implement, it is still your home and you have the right to make changes. If your construction schedule does allow for a change order here are some things you need to consider;

  • Always document your changes, never assume a verbal agreement is sufficient.
  • You should know what the price difference will be before the change is made.
  • You should sign and acknowledge the change order request.

Building a new home doesn’t have to be as stressful as some people make it out to be. Simply make sure you have these documents implemented in the building process and you should know exactly what you’re going to be getting.


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If you’re looking for the perfect floor plan for your family, look no farther. The Cambrian is a great home for most families. At an impressive 1,560 and and even more impressive 3110 optional square feet this home is sure to help organize your life. The basic Cambrian plan is a 3 bed 2 bath home with easy single level living. The main level of living includes 1,560 square feet of living space and the unfinished basement and optional upgrades adds another 1,570 square feet if you decide you need more space. With this plan you’re leaving yourself room to expand as the basement can be finished at a later date, so it’s a great option for families that are expanding or want the option ‘just in case’.

If you’d prefer we can finish the basement right away and turn this home into a five bed and three bath home.

The first floor of this home has two bedrooms, master suite, great room, living room, dining room, kitchen, mudroom/laundry room, a two-three car garage, and walkout to the back yard patio.

Main Level

The main floor of this home has a entry way so that you can greet guests and have a place to take your shoes off when you get home. The entry way is accessed through the front door. Straight through the entry way you enter the home’s great room. This room is quite large and is open to the kitchen and dining area to allow for an open feeling throughout the home. The open floor plan also allows for plenty of natural lighting to shine through the large windows throughout the day, saving you money on your energy bills!

Hallway

 

The kitchen of this home has plenty of cupboard space, beautiful granite counter space, and is designed with a modern look. This home also has a large walk-in pantry and a serving nook, both of which help to make entertaining in this home a breeze. The pantry is a perfect place to store extra foods and appliances, and the dining nook is great for serving trays. The dining is connected to the large backyard patio, that simple feature makes this home a great place to host outdoor parties and activities.

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On the opposite side of the home is the master suite, two additional bedrooms, the laundry room, and a bathroom. The master suite of this home has a large bedroom, huge walk-in closet, and, arguably the best feature, a large master bathroom. The master bathroom for this home has a shower, soaking tub, private toilet and double vanity.

master closet bathroom
Lower Level

Remember, if you want we can finish the basement for you right away, but the plan also give you the option of leaving it unfinished. The basement of this home when finished  has two additional bedrooms, a large rec room, and an additional bathroom. The furnished option of this home is perfect for large or growing families or for families that work from home. The basement bedrooms can easily be converted into offices, exercise rooms, hobby rooms, or whatever room your family needs. The large rec room is perfect for use as an additional living room, a gaming room, and a home theater! The options are limitless.

For more information about this model, please contact Nilson Homes with any inquiries. If this home isn’t quite what you’re looking for, be sure to check out our available homes, or peruse our home design library.


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Summer is finally in full swing and it’s a great time to get out of the house! The June event forecast includes a solar workshop, a half marathon, an Asian festival, and much more! Be sure to take a look at some of the many events going on in and near Ogden this summer.

Susie Hulet Community Solar Workshop

When: June 04 | 5:30-7pm
Where: Weber State University Davis Campus Ballroom

Are you interested in powering your home with inexhaustible, stable and secure solar energy? Have you been waiting for the right time or the right price? Now is your time to shine! Get started today.

Susie Hulet Community Solar is here to make going solar simple, streamlined, and more affordable than ever before!

2015 Drop 13 Half Marathon – At Big Cottonwood Canyon

Where:  Brighton Ski Resort
8302 South Brighton Loop Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
When: June 13, 2015
Buses start loading at 4:00am Last bus leaves for the starting line at 5:00am Awards Ceremony to be held at 8:30am

Drop 13 Half Marathon at Big Cottonwood Canyon starts near Brighton Ski Resort and runs 13.1 miles down around 3000 feet of elevation drop into Salt Lake City. We plan on this being the fastest runs you ever do in a Half Marathon.

38th Utah Asian Festival

Where: Como Avenue and Carter Avenue, St. Paul, MN
When: June 13, 2015

The Utah Asian communities invite you to celebrate 2015 Utah Asian Festival. Come enjoy a pageantry of performance, exhibits, Asian marketplace, arts and crafts and food from various Asian communities represented by Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese. It’s fun and free admission for everyone!

Special events include 10 a.m. – Children’s Fashion Show; 10:30 a.m. – Little Apple Dance; 11 a.m. – Countries Cookoff; Noon – National Anthem by Joseph Buenaflor and Lion Dance; 12:30 to 5 p.m. – Cultural performances; 5 to 7 p.m. – Asian Pop Dancing / Fun Dress and Cosplay encouraged.

Our spotlight country is Japan and children will be celebrating Year of Ram in the activity center.

Navajo Rug Auction

Where:  Natural History Museum of Utah
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
When: June 13, 2015

Presented in conjunction with the Toh-Atin Gallery of Durango, CO., the Museum hosts a display and silent auction of approximately 100 Navajo weavings. Pieces will range from $100-20K. Jackson Clark II, a 3rd generation trader and owner of Toh-Atin Gallery, along with members of his family, will be available to answer questions. At 1:30pm, Clark will conduct a walking tour and lecture about Navajo weavings.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the museum.

GOAL Summer Camp- Women’s Mountain Bike Camp

When: Thursday, June 11, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $25

Learn all of the basic mountain bike skills you need to master before you hit the trails! This is a ladies only camp for basic to intermediate riders.

Children’s Summer Art Camp

Where: Eccles Community Art Center
2580 Jefferson Avenue
Ogden, Utah 84401
When: Friday, June 19, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $55

The Eccles Community Art Center will offer a Summer Arts Camp for children ages 7 to 11 years old June 15 through 19, 2015 daily from 9:30 to noon. Students will explore visual and performing arts concepts. With an art exhibit for parents and family on Friday June 19th at 11:30 a.m. Tuition: $55. Supplies provided. Space is limited. Please pre-register with a member of the ECAC staff by calling 801-392-6935.


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Building a new home has a bad reputation for being a stressful experience. Here are some common things we hear about the experience;

“I couldn’t wait until it was over.”
“It was the most stressful time of my life.”
“It put so much tension in our relationship.”

Building a new home doesn’t have to be a bad experience. If you hire a knowledgeable, professional design/build firm, building a new home can be a breeze! In our How to Build a Quality Home series we would like to share some tips that can help make the building process go well.

Our last post in the series was Mistakes to Avoid Part I and it included the following;

  • Focusing on a floor plan
  • Choosing the lowest bid 
  • Not allowing enough time 
  • Settling on a used house

This week we’ll be focusing on a few different common mistakes people make and what can help to build a more positive build experience;

  • Don’t be afraid of color – Color is a beautiful thing. Used appropriately color can help add depth, drama, and interest to a room as well as make the room appear larger than if beige or white colors had been used. Paint is relatively in expensive, and as such can be changed out easily if you decide you need a change of color in your home.
  • Don’t focus on being trendy – While you should put some of your own flair in your home, following trends can be a costly mistake in the future. For more permanent items like tile, counter tops, cabinetry and flooring you should try to go for timeless materials and versatile colors, as changing them if the ‘trend’ wares off can be a pricey remodel for the future.
  • Design with the future in mind – Don’t only live for today. A kids room should have enough space so that a full or queen bed can easily fit inside of the room at a later date. An office should also have a window and closet in case you’d like to convert the office into an additional bedroom at a later date. In addition, lower level family rooms should be able to transform into a rec room or entertaining space for adults.
  • Don’t break the bank – Building a new home can be an expensive project, but there’s no need to spend a small fortune on the endeavor! Working with a professional design firm can actually help save you money on your home building process, they will help you save money by avoiding costly mistakes! A knowledgeable firm will help create the best home for your family with your budget. There’s no need to buy expensive products to get a well polished look.

When you decide to build a custom home, the process can be extremely overwhelming. The good news is; if you find a good firm that can design around your needs and budget, the process will be much easier and the home created will stand the test of time. Here at Nilson Homes we know that we need to integrate design into the process and will do our best to ensure your new home fits you.


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Nilson Homes works with Have a Heart Foundation on new home in Layton

Please read yesterday’s press article in the Standard Examiner announcing Nilson’ Homes participation and agreement to build the Have a Heart Foundation‘s 2015 home located in Layton, UT.

http://www.standard.net/Government/2015/05/20/Have-a-Heart-Home.html

The Have a Heart Foundation and all of its partners are working with Layton City and Nilson Homes on drawing up plans for the home that will be built later this summer.

Please follow us on all of our social networks for more information about this wonderful project.


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If you’re looking for the perfect floor plan for your family, look no farther. The Muirfield is a great home for most families. At an impressive 2,834 square feet this home is sure to help organize your life. The general Muirfield plan is a 3 bed 2 bath home with single level living. The main level of living includes 1,417 square feet of living space and the unfinished basement adds another 1,417 square feed. With this plan you’re leaving youself room to expand as the basement can be finished at a later date if your family decides they need the space.

If you’d prefer we can finish the basement right away and turn this home into a five bed and three bath home. We currently have a Muirfield model , a laundry room and two car garage. This project is currently in the process of being built, so if you act sooner rather than later, you may still have a chance to request certain features in your new home.

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The main floor of this home has a entry way so that you can greet guests and have a place to take your shoes off when you get home. The entry way is accessed through the front door as well as the garage. Straight through the entry way you enter the homes Great room. This room is quite large and is open to the kitchen and dining area to allow for an open feeling throughout the home. The open floor plan also allows for plenty of natural lighting to shine through the large windows throughout the day, saving you money on your energy bills!

The kitchen of this home has plenty of cupboard space, beautiful granite counter space, and is designed with a modern look. This home also has a large walk-in pantry and a serving nook, both of which help to make entertaining in this home a breeze. The pantry is a perfect place to store extra foods and appliances, and the dining nook is great for serving trays. The dining is connected to the large backyard patio, that simple feature makes this home a great place to host outdoor parties and activities.

On the opposite side of the home is the master suite, two additional bedrooms, the laundry room, and a bathroom. The master suite of this home has a large bedroom, huge walk-in closet, and, arguably the best feature, a large master bathroom. The master bathroom for this home has a shower, soaking tub, private toilet and double vanity.

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The basement of this home can be finished and has an additional two bedrooms, a large rec room, and an additional bathroom. The furnished option of this home is perfect for large or growing families or for families that work from home. The basement bedrooms can easily be converted into offices, exercise rooms, hobby rooms, or whatever room your family needs. The large rec room is perfect for use as an additional living room, a gaming room, and a home theater! The options are limitless.


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Building a new home in the Twin Cities can be an overwhelming project, and when you’re building a custom home from start to finish it can be downright terrifying. Don’t let fear prevent you from building your custom dream home. To help those who are interested in designing their dream home we’ve created a planning guide called Building a Quality Home. It’s a comprehensive guide to the process of home building. It includes tips as well as pointing out pitfalls to avoid.

This week we’ll be focusing on the top four mistakes to avoid when you’re starting your new home project;

  • Focus on the floor plan – When you work with a custom home builder, you’re not just purchasing  a stock blue print, you’re partnering with a firm to design and build a custom home created specifically for your taste and lifestyle. The firm you choose will design a home based on your specifications so it’s a good idea to choose a firm that you like.  A good floor plan is a necessary part of building a home, but if you become so focused on the floor plan you can lose sight of budget, zoning issues and other building concerns that only a professional builder can navigate.
  • Choosing the Lowest Bid – We all want to save money but choosing a builder based only on the cost of the bid is bound to end in disaster. Choose a builder with whom you trust, respect and one you’ve done a little research on. Talk to their past clients and find out how happy they are with the finished product. We’ll talk more about choosing the right builder in coming months but for now consider if you’d want to fly on a plane built by the lowest bidder.
  • Not allowing enough time – When you decide to build a new home, especially a custom home, you want to move into as soon as possible. Any why not? This new custom home will have all of the features you’ve always wanted in a home. It will be built around the way you, and only you, live your life. Of course you’d want to have it completed as soon as possible. But give it time. Building a new custom home is an investment in both time and money so make sure it done right by not hurrying the project.
  • Settling on a used house – You want to move, you need more space, a different location — whatever the reason a used home might look really appealing. The price is right, there’s no waiting to build what could possibly be the downfall to buying a used a home? For starters you’re purchasing someone else’s dream instead of building your own. And if it’s someone else’s dream you’re probably going to want to eventually remodel it. A kitchen remodel can cost from $20k to $200k and you’re living in the dust while it gets remodeled. If you want your dream home you’re going to find, in the long run, that building a new home can save time and money compared to buying a used home – and you get what you want the first time around.

Sign up for our free planning guide to learn more about building a quality home.


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UHIN HIT Conference – Salt Lake City

When: May 6th, 2015
1pm – 3:30pm
Where: 4600 Redwood Road Redwood Campus
Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
Tickets: Complimentary Admission

http://www.uhin.org/

Join UHIN for an afternoon of learning with two of the major innovators in health information technology!

Dr. Michael J. McCoy, Chief Health Information Officer in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), will discuss national HIT policy for the post-Meaningful Use 3 future and its impact on care delivery.

Craig Brammer, CEO of a three-organization healthcare transformation collaborative in the Greater Cincinnati area, will share his “on the ground” perspective about how policy and regional implementation intersect to improve quality. Craig will present insights gathered from his role guiding HealthBridge, an HIE that serves over 3 million patients, the Greater Cincinnati Health Council, a best-practice collaboration forum for hospitals and long-term care facilities, and the Health Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder health improvement group.

The conference will be webcast live from the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus in Salt Lake City to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. Join us at the location nearest you!

There is no cost to attend the conference, but space is limited. Register today!

Recycled Art Exhibit

When: May 6th and 7th, 2015
9am – 5pm
Where: Eccles Community Art Center
2580 Jefferson Avenue
Ogden, Utah 84401
Tickets: Complimentary Admission

www.ogden4arts.org

Competition April 27 through May 7, 2015 during regular gallery hours. Awards will be announced on May 1, 2015 in association with Ogden’s Art Stroll from 5 to 8 p.m. Regular Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Baby Animal Days 2015

When: May 8th and 9th, 2015
Friday   3pm -8pm – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Where: Utah Botanical Center
920 South 50 West
Kaysville, Utah 84037
Tickets: Individual Pass $5, Family Pass (up to 6 related members) $25

http://usubotanicalcenter.org/

Join us on Friday, May 8 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. (gates close at 7:30 p.m.) and Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (gates close at 5:30 p.m.) for some outdoor fun! Come meet baby pigs, goats, lambs, ponies, calves, baby chicks, rabbits, and new this year, a miniature yak! Activities will include will include horse rides, food vendors, face painting and more.

Salt Lake County Utah Sports, Health, and Fitness Expo

When: Friday, May 8th 12pm – 8pm
Saturday, May 9th 10am – 8pm
Where: 4600 Redwood Road Redwood Campus
Salt Lake City, Utah 84123
Tickets: Complimentary Admission

http://www.utahsportsexpo.com/

Utah Sport Health & Fitness Expo is a 2 day event being held from 8th May to the 9th May 2015 at the South Towne Expo Center in Salt Lake City, USA. This event showcases products like sports accessories, health based products, nutritional services, chiropractic, to that of active wear associated with this field etc. in the Medical & Pharmaceutical, Sporting Goods, Toys & Games industries.

Saturday Nature Walk

When: May 9th, 2015
Where: 1258 Center Drive
1258 Center Drive
Park City, Utah
Tickets: $5 or free for members (to sign up: email them at swanerecocenter@usu.edu or call 435-649-1767)

Join us on your Saturday morning for a nature walk on the Preserve! During the tour, you’ll learn about wetland science, native plant and animal species, the history of the Swaner Preserve. These tours take place on the generally flat terrain of the Swaner wetlands and are appropriate to anyone that is relatively active.

Please come prepared for the outdoor conditions, sturdy boots or shoes (close-toed) are recommended along with a water bottle.

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

When: May 14th – May 18th, 2015
Where: Davis County Legacy Events Center
151 South 1100 West
Farmington, Utah 84025
Tickets: Varies (visit the site for more info)

http://www.greatsaltlakebirdfest.com/

Come join us at the 17th Great Salt Lake Bird Festival in Farmington Utah May 14-18, 2015! Bird watching is a great family activity and Utah is the place to see birds. David Allen Sibley, author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide series will be the Keynote speaker, a lead fieldtrip and present a workshop and book signing. Just think – 5 days of field trips to the best birding areas in northern Utah and 2 days of workshops, vendors, and youth activities. Field trips include ‘Behind-the-Gates’ trips to areas not normally open to the general public. Bring your family to Great Salt Lake Bird Festival May 15th and 16th. See the entire program at www.GreatSaltLakeBirdFest.com Register on-line for field trips.


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Due to the increasing popularity of smart homes, many companies have been able to advance the technology necessary to bring affordably priced smart home products to the market.
People are investing in smart home products every day. Whether it’s an automatic coffee maker, a thermostat, or an entire home security system, many families are making their homes a little bit smarter, and a lot more convenient.
Unfortunately, as with most things, a smart home has its advantages and disadvantages. We hope that this post will help you determine whether a smart home is something you’d like to invest in, or not.

Advantages

Adding Convenience to your Daily Life –
When you convert your home into a smart home, you’ll have all of your products programmed to your specific needs. Additionally being able to control your home, no matter where you are, can be extremely beneficial.

Customization –
There are many smart products on the market right now and you certainly don’t need to buy all of them at once. As the consumer it’s up to you to decide which product you want most, determine if you like it, and then add on to your collection of smart home products as you go.

A good product to start with would be a thermostat or home security system if you’re in the market for either of those.

Security –
Smart home security systems allow you to view your home no matter where you are. You can have cameras installed, motion detectors, locks, etc, and you will be notified immediately if something is out of the ordinary. Many of these systems will even let you know of any unexpected temperature changes so that you’re alerted if there is a possible fire.

Ease of Use –
Almost all smart home products can be installed without much hassle, many of them don’t even require you to bring someone into your home. Additionally if you’re already someone who’s tech savvy, learning how to use most of these products is a breeze.

Save Money and the Environment –
Smart homes feature products like thermostats, air conditioners, and lighting. Having the ability to put these things on a timer, or turn them on and off when you’re away from home will likely help you save money on your electricity bills. Many of these products allow you to track your energy usage and expenditures.

Resale –
Many smart home products can be moved with you from home to home, but if

Disadvantages

Cost –
Most families are able to purchase smart home products, but that doesn’t mean it won’t leave a dent in your wallet. You can purchase the products one at a time and it won’t seem like too much, $50 here, $300 there, but by the time you have the smart home system you want, you will likely have spent a larger sum than you would have if you had purchased non-smart products.

Slight Learning Curve –
I know I stated in the advantages that most smart home systems are actually very easy to use, but at the same time there is still somewhat of a learning curve for most people. For anyone already immersed in technology, converting your smart home will be a breeze, but for anyone not so tech savvy, it may make for a lot of time spent reading manuals.
If you think you might have trouble learning how to use a smart home device, the answer may be simple. Ask for help! Asking someone to show you how to run your smart home can far less confusing than trying to make heads or tails of an instruction manual.

Reliability –
A smart home will be extremely reliant on your internet connection. If your connection drops you’ll be left with a lot of smart products that won’t work. Additionally, wireless signals can possibly be interrupted by other electronics in your home and cause some of your smart products to function slowly or not at all.

There are plenty of pros and cons to consider when deciding whether you’d like to convert your home into a smart home. Smart homes aren’t for everyone. They can help bring down your electricity bills, simplify your daily tasks, and help to give you a feeling of security. But for some people smart home product will simply turn into an economic burden. It’s ultimately up to you to decide which category you fall into.


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