Recently, the trend toward multi-dwelling units (MDUs) has exploded as cities continue to have increasing populations and people are more concerned with leaving smaller environmental footprints. Not only are these MDUs in demand for both builder and buyer alike, but they’re increasingly more modern, high-tech and luxurious. The good news is: with technology from Control4, this level of luxury is affordable.
BUILDERS: START EARLY AND INCLUDE SMART TECH IN YOUR DESIGN PLANS
The best way to incorporate smart home automation into your units is to include it in the blueprints. Structured wiring, intentionally-placed outlets and connectivity designed for the right internet connection, power capability and equipment placement can increase the value of your units and allows for minimal interior design disruptions – ensuring your vision comes to life without having to worry about ugly wires or bulky equipment getting in the way. By wiring before the walls go up and considering features like in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, storage for entertainment features or a whole-home control center at the front door, you can ensure design and convenience stay at the forefront.
WHY BUY/BUILD A SMART MDU?
While the list of reasons for buying/renting or building high-tech multi-dwelling units is almost endless, there are a few that should grab your attention.
Current buyers have placed convenience, connectivity and energy efficiency at the top of their wish lists when it comes to shopping for their homes – and this is something both the buyer and the builder can benefit from. By incorporating smart home technologies like climate control, automated shade and lighting control, they can improve their energy efficiencies, whether they’re at home or out-of-town.
SMART MEETS SAFE
Additionally, smart home automation offers endless options that increase safety – from cameras at the lobby door to smart locks to in-unit alarm systems – that protect both the occupants and the building itself. Some systems can even alert residents and building staff about fire and water damage before they become a widespread or serious issue. What’s important is that residents know what’s happening in their homes, while it’s happening.
PERSONALIZATION AND CONVENIENCE ARE KEY
One thing is for sure – anyone buying a home wants to make it feel like home, and there’s no better way than offering a smart home system that’s easily customizable to their needs. Custom climate control, security features and entertainment systems with personalized moods and functions make your buyers happy. Even better, consider implementing connectivity to the concierge desk, entry doors or automated gates and garages to ensure your residents are only a touch away from communicating with property staff. All of these features are even more attractive when residents are able to connect them to their personal cell phones and tablets.
By making your MDU’s smart, you can increase the value of your units, while also making it more attractive to buyers. Moreover, you’re more likely to retain your residents if you’re ahead of the trend, as there’s less for you to update down the road. And this tech doesn’t have to break your budget, either. Let us know how we can help you start your project today!