Title /blog/category/smart-home/?format=rss A blog feed. en-US Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:03:01 -0400 Get Motivated for Spring Cleaning at the North West New England Home Show https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2018/03/15/get-motivated-for-spring-cleaning-at-the-north-west-new-england-home-show/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/NWNE-home-show-logo.jpg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 250px; height: 139px;" class="featured">Spring is just around the corner, which for homeowners means time for spring cleaning. Before you start scrubbing, building, or make changes to your home, head over to the <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/" target="_blank">North West New England Home Show</a> this weekend, March 17 and 18. Local businesses and contractors will be there for you to give advice and new ideas for your home and garden this year. Get inspired and motivated for your spring cleaning by attending the home show.</p> <p>All of the <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/138-2/" target="_blank">exhibitors</a> are local businesses, including Classic Kitchens, A.R. Sandri, and Yankee Home Improvements. There will also be a number of green and solar companies, including Pioneer Valley Squared, Greening Greenfield, and Valley Solar. Some of the exhibitors will offer workshops throughout the weekend. Norwex will present Chemical Crashers, a workshop on how to clean your home without harsh chemicals, only water. PV Squared will talk about Going Solar in Mass for Homes &amp; Businesses, how to save money and have your solar project pay for itself. <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/workshops/" target="_blank">Click here</a> for more details and to view the full list of workshops.</p> <p>Admission to the North West New England Home Show is free! The show will happen at the Franklin County Technical School Gymnasium in Turners Falls. The show runs Saturday, March 17 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 18 from 10:30 am to 5 pm. <a href="https://homeshow.recorder.com/" target="_blank">Visit their website</a> for more information: homeshow.recorder.com</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/DSC_0015.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;"></p> Pioneer Valley Green Living Area Updates Smart Home Wanda Mooney Franklin County Renovations Greenfield Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:03:01 -0400 Why Smaller Homes are Making a Big Impression https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2017/12/16/why-smaller-homes-are-making-a-big-impression/ <p><img alt="" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/Greenrivercommons.jpeg" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px; float: right; width: 400px; height: 155px;">A survey done recently by Houzz, a home remodeling and design website, showed that more and more homeowners prefer small houses, 1,000 feet or less. Often the smallest home in the neighborhood, these homes are relaxed and easy to keep clean, according to the owners. &nbsp;</p> <p>However, these homeowners use certain tactics to utilize their space and make their home still feel open. One method is having a lot of natural light. Another way to make the space feel less constricted is having an open floor plan, and expanding the living space to the exterior, as well.</p> <p>In line with this trend, I am proud to be a part of a new project in Greenfield, Green River Commons (pictured right). Construction of these seven sustainable, ground level townhouses began in early November, just steps from downtown Greenfield. These low-cost condominiums are designed to be energy-efficient with LED lighting, roofs to support solar panels, energy star appliances, and more. They also have sensible floor plans that utilize the smaller space to maximize comfort.</p> <p><a href="https://www.wandamooney.com/contact-us/" target="_blank">Contact me</a> today to learn more about these new affordable, sustainable homes or visit <a href="http://www.greenrivercommons.com/home.html" target="_blank">GreenRiverCommons.com</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.houzz.com/photo/108092060-2017-us-houzz-small-homes-trends" target="_blank">View the survey here.</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Community House For Sale Contemporary Pioneer Valley Green Living Business Opportunity Area Updates Smart Home buyers coldwell banker Wanda Mooney Franklin County Western Mass First Time Home Buyer Low Maintenance Single Level Living Greenfield condominium Real Estate News Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:12:40 -0500 Smart Home Devices Under $100 https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/01/19/smart-home-devices-under-100/ <p>Smart home devices do not have to be expensive. &nbsp;Check out some affordable and handy smart home devices, all under $100.</p> <p><a href="http://www.getroost.com/"><strong>Roost Batteries</strong></a></p> <p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/phone-and-battery-popup.png"> <img alt="phone-and-battery-popup" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/phone-and-battery-popup-300x243.png" style="border-style: none; vertical-align: baseline; height: 162px; clear: both; width: 200px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 10px; float: left;"></a></p> <p>Looking for a Nest Smoke Detector alternative that won&#39;t cost you a few hundred bucks? Try the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.getroost.com/"><strong>Roost Batteries&nbsp;</strong></a>which can turn any existing smoke alarm into a smart device just by replacing the batteries. You can turn your alarms on and off from your smartphone as well as be alerted when it goes off. A single pack of Roost Batteries can be bought on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZWQHVP4"><strong>Amazon.com for $34.97</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/microbot-push-a-robotic-finger-for-your-buttons#/"> <strong>Microbot Push</strong></a></p> <p>Simply put - this is button makes dumb things smart. Any device that has a push button to turn it on, can have the Microbot Push added to it and instantly make it powered on remotely. From light switches to coffee makers to crockbots, the Microbot Push is arguably the simplest smart home device on the market. <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/microbot-push-a-robotic-finger-for-your-buttons#/"> <strong>A pack of 2 will only cost you $59</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://noke.com/products/noke-padlock?variant=5829732481"><strong>Noke Locks</strong></a></p> <img alt="microbot-push" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/microbot-push-300x206.png" style="border-style: none; vertical-align: baseline; clear: both; width: 218px; margin-left: px; margin-right: 5px; height: 150px;"><img alt="noke" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/noke.jpg" style="border-style: none; vertical-align: baseline; height: 150px; clear: both; width: 200px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;"><p>Pronounced "No-Key," the Noke Locks solve the simple problem of dealing with keys or combinations for locking things in and around your home. The Noke can replace the lock on the shed in the back or that padlock on the cage in the basement of your beach condo where you store your stuff or even that chain lock for parking your bike in front of your brownstone. It looks just like any padlock, but can be controlled by your smartphone to unlock it from anywhere. <a href="http://noke.com/products/noke-padlock?variant=5829732481"><strong>The Noke Padlock&nbsp;retails for $69.99</strong></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.temptraq.com/purchase/?utm_source=AdWords&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=Temptraq_low_volume&amp;gclid=CMbRgu34q8oCFYEdHwodD-cJOw"> <strong>Temp</strong></a> <a href="http://www.temptraq.com/purchase/?utm_source=AdWords&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=Temptraq_low_volume&amp;gclid=CMbRgu34q8oCFYEdHwodD-cJOw"> <strong>Traq</strong></a></p> <p><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/temp-traq.png"> <img alt="temp-traq" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/temp-traq-191x300.png" style="border-style: none; vertical-align: baseline; height: 200px; clear: both; width: 127px; float: left; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 10px;"></a></p> <p>The Temp Traq doesn&#39;t necessarily make your actual home smarter, but it certainly simplifies part of life inside it for those with small children. One of the hassles of parenting is trying to monitor the temperature of your sick child. There&#39;s the head thermometer that you&#39;re not quite sure how to use properly.</p> <p>There&#39;s the thermometer that goes under your tongue that never stays in place. And then there&#39;s that other thermometer that goes somewhere else and you&#39;re a little grossed out every time you have to use it...you know what I mean. The Temp Traq is basically a thermometer band aid. You stick it on your child and you can monitor his/her temperature throughout the day and even while they sleep right from your smartphone. Plus it can send you an alert if their temperature spikes so you can keep tabs on when they need closer attention.</p> <p><a href="http://www.temptraq.com/purchase/?utm_source=AdWords&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=Temptraq_low_volume&amp;gclid=CMbRgu34q8oCFYEdHwodD-cJOw"> <strong>One Temp</strong></a> <a href="http://www.temptraq.com/purchase/?utm_source=AdWords&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=Temptraq_low_volume&amp;gclid=CMbRgu34q8oCFYEdHwodD-cJOw"> <strong>Traq</strong></a> <a href="http://www.temptraq.com/purchase/?utm_source=AdWords&amp;utm_medium=cpc&amp;utm_campaign=Temptraq_low_volume&amp;gclid=CMbRgu34q8oCFYEdHwodD-cJOw"> <strong>will&nbsp;cost you only $24.99</strong></a>.</p> Smart Home Tue, 19 Jan 2016 23:01:59 -0500 What is a Smart Home? https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2016/01/09/what-is-a-smart-home/ <img alt="What is a Smart Home?" class="featured featured" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/SmartHome-Flyer-300x256.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 299px; float: right; margin-right: 0px; margin-left: 10px;"><p><strong>Selling Your Home? - Make Your Home Smart!</strong></p> <p><strong>A Smart Home Is...</strong>A home equipped with lighting, heating and electronic devices that can be controlled remotely by phone or computer. You can contact your smart home on the Internet to make sure the dinner is cooked, the central heating is on, the curtains are drawn and the gas fire is on when you get home.</p> <p>After figuring out what a smart home is my next questions is -&nbsp;<strong>Do I Need A Smart Home?</strong>&nbsp;The Chart above shares some good information as to why I would want a smart home. The research shows 72% of people with smart home technology feel more secure, 62% feel more connected to their home. Another reason a smart home is a good investment for me is that buyers are now looking for homes with smart technology.</p> <p><strong>How Do I Begin?</strong>&nbsp;To figured this out I turned to the technology leaders at Coldwell Banker and found them in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Consumer Electronics Show. This is a trade show filled with the newest available technology for your smart home. Here is an interview with Jeff Lyman, CMO of Vivint, good conversation about devices, cost effectiveness and new technologies coming soon. Click here -&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/category/smart-home/" target="_blank"><strong>Smart Homes at the Coldwell Banker Blog</strong></a>&nbsp;to learn more about making your home smart!</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/CCv8iCzo9aA" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Smart Home coldwell banker Sat, 09 Jan 2016 00:41:24 -0500 Smart Home Series-The Smart Outlet https://www.wandamooney.com/blog/posts/2015/12/04/smart-home-series-the-smart-outlet/ <p><img alt="" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/files.usmre.com/5577/blog/image.jpeg" style="height: 112px; width: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right; border-width: 2px; border-style: solid;">I recently came across this post about the "<a href="http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/the-simplest-smart-outlet-for-your-smart-home/" target="_blank"><strong>Smart Outlet</strong></a>" and I just had to read about what this latest smart home gadget has to offer. ConnectSense is a WiFi connected double outlet that fits over any existing outlet in your home. It has two ports that can be controlled individually over your home&#39;s WiFi network and also boasts USB charging posts. After downloading the ConnectSense app you can control the outlet from your smartphones and even set up rules for when outlets should be turned on and off based on the time of day. How cool is this? It only takes 5 minutes to set up and it can be used with Apple Home Kit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.connectsense.com/smart-outlet" target="_blank"><strong>Click here</strong></a> for more information and learn about the Smart Outlet. For all of your questions, <a href="/contact-us"><strong>contact me</strong></a> today.</p> Smart Home Fri, 04 Dec 2015 02:12:46 -0500