Smart home automation, wine cellars and breakfast nooks are among the hottest trends in residential home improvement this year.
Now that the Trump administration is settling in the White House, American homeowners are waiting for the formal announcement of an economic stimulus plan before they list their properties on the market. That announcement is expected to take place within the first 100 days of the new administration; once it is made official, home sellers can expect heavy demand and a market that will favor them. In the meantime, homeowners should start thinking about making their home more attractive with the following improvements:
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, smart home automation took center stage with the debut of Google Home and the improvement of Amazon Alexa, two voice-activated digital assistants that are ready to control smart home devices. Sellers can make small investments on devices such as smart locks and light bulbs to show prospective buyers how they can be controlled with the Amazon Echo or Google Home speakers. Smart home devices can also be controlled with smartphones or tablets.
Wine Cellars and Minibars
According to a survey by real estate information site Redfin, built-in-bars and wine cellars or chillers can boost the value of a home by as much as 7.5 percent.
The morning meal is replacing the traditional American family dinner. Homes that have views of lakes, mountains or green areas can be considerably improved with comfortable breakfast nooks to highlight the natural vistas.