November 27, 2015 at 3:00 pm EST | by Tim Savoy
Holiday deals for the homeowner
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The NEST thermostat can be programmed from your phone.

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season. This week, as we mark the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just around the corner. Each year, we see thousands of deals from clothing to electronics and everything in between. However, what holiday deals and products might be out there for the homeowner of the 2015 holiday season?

With holiday deals right around the corner, here are some recommendations for homeowners that won’t break the bank:

Starting with the front door, holiday gifts and updates can include smart locks. Keyless entry is the technology of the future, and many smart locks are now common in the workplace. This holiday season think about upgrading your home’s entry with a keyless entry system. For around $250, you can purchase a keyless entry locking system that works from your phone. Instead of giving keys out to guests, homeowners can assign temporary locks to guests. These locks can also be self-installed by the owner.

Within the home, your climate control cannot only be upgraded, but it can be learned and understood by the home. This winter, think about upgrading your home for around $200 to a smart thermostat. Whereas traditional climate control at home relies on the user to set to a desired temperature, smart thermostats learn the climate you like living in best. One of these, the Nest, can be programmed from your phone so you can warm or cool your house after arriving home from a long day or a trip.

Next, what about lighting at home? Incandescent lights are a thing of the past. Instead, LED lighting is now a popular, cost-effective way to light the home. Specifically, bulbs like the Phillips Hue Personal LED kit allow you to control lights from different access points like your smart phone. With a variety of colors for different moods, LED lighting in a practical way to give your home a different mood depending on how you feel or the occasion.

Home maintenance and repair is key for homeowners looking for efficiency. In the winter, heat retention is key, and one of the most original devices for the home this season is FLIR One, a personal thermal imager. Using your smart phone, the user plugs in FLIR to the phone to generate a heat map through the device’s camera. What does this mean for homeowners? The device can show the user where heat is escaping the home; thus, allowing the homeowner to seal seeping heat out of the home. Whereas this service may cost a professional hundreds of dollars, FLIR comes at a cost of $250, the perfect gift for a homeowner of an older property.

Finally, what about home security? While many of us take trips during the holidays, home security is a top priority while away. For some living in areas where home security systems are not as common, short-term security systems are a solution. One of which, the EZVIZ mini-security camera is perfect. These devices, like all others on this list, are cost-effective at around $70. This motion sensor camera can capture movement at home while away at the fraction of the cost of a full-service home security system.

As you can see, for just a little investment, you can easily transform parts of your home through smart home technology. These gadgets are not only aesthetically transformative, but can also lead to investments in the home that increase your home’s value.


Tim Savoy is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Dupont/Logan. Reach him at 202-400-0534 or

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