Over the past few years, significant technological breakthroughs have made the smart home a reality. Though we may not be living the Jetsons lifestyle any time soon, more and more people are incorporating smart design, smart technology and smart gadgets into their properties. What’s more, excitement about smart home technology is on the up, with Millennials leading the charge in early adoption and interest in smart homes. Solving everyday problems Though the futuristic aspects of smart homes are the most attention grabbing, it’s the practical, everyday features of connected technology that are going to have the biggest impact on our lives. Gadgets that can save you time and money are going to become increasingly popular. Before long, washing machines, dishwashers and other electricity sucking devices will be able to switch themselves off when they’re not in use or check the electricity tariffs to turn themselves on at the most affordable time. Fumbling for your keys may also soon be a thing of the past as smart locks allow you to unlock your front door simply by walking up to it. Smart home features can also make properties more secure, greener and easier to monitor, all things that appeal to Millennials in particular. Resale value One of the factors that makes smart homes attractive to 18 to 35 year olds is that integrated intelligent technology can increase a property’s resale value by as much as 7%. In a market that’s already incredibly expensive, any small gains young homeowners can make are very welcome. Ease of use Though research shows that 79% of Millennials and 50% of the overall population is excited by smart homes, most agree that this new futuristic technology has to be easy to use in order for it to really take off. Users will expect the technology to be intuitive, compatible with multiple devices and platforms and reliable. Programmes will also need to have user friendly interfaces to allow homeowners to adjust each element to suit their needs. Smart devices The number of smart devices in our homes is growing fast. From our phones and our tablet computers to our watches, heating systems and even our lights, more and more objects in our households are connected, intelligent and ready for the future. By 2022, experts predict a typical family home could have as many as 500 smart devices. Ensuring that these devices are efficient, effective and easy to use is a must for manufacturers if they want their brand to stand out from the crowd and be a fixture in the homes of tomorrow. To bring your property into the 21st century and join the smart home revolution, have a look around our site or talk to a member of our team.