10 Tips for Making Your New House Smart

Flat design style modern vector illustration concept of smart house technology system with centralized control of lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, security locks and video surveillance, energy savings and efficiency. Isolated on white background.

Flat design style modern vector illustration concept of smart house technology system with centralized control of lighting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, security locks and video surveillance, energy savings and efficiency. Isolated on white background.

Whether you want automatic doors and windows or color-changing lights that can be controlled by your phone, turning your home into a technologically advanced smart home can be an intimidating venture. Today’s market contains hundreds, if not thousands, of internet-connected devices that can all be controlled by separate means. Smartphones, touch sensors, and voice activation all require different conditions to work and work well. So where do you start to upgrade your home?

Start Simple: Basic Upgrades to Everyday Items
Before going overboard and picking up the latest in tech gear like Bluetooth-enabled cutlery, look for items in your home that you use every day that can be automated. Devices such as your thermostat, lights, and security systems can all be automated with little effort on your part, while often giving you more functionality than when you started.

Intuitive Temperature Control
The third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is a device that stands out from the rest of its competitors. Within a week of use, this smart little device will program itself to suit your preferred temperature, meaning you don’t have to get up and change the dial every time. The capabilities extend beyond learning your preferred temperatures; the Nest thermostat also learns your schedule and adjusts itself accordingly. Using your phone’s location, it recognizes when you are out of the house and puts itself in an “eco-friendly” mode to save energy.

Home Security Made Simple
Home security systems like the iSmartAlarm are essential in homes that utilize smart devices. With motion detection, contact sensors, and the option to add cameras all around your home, the iSmartAlarm ensures you are covered in every room wherever you are. Even at the office, you can monitor the activity that goes on within your home, and are immediately alerted to unusual activity and unauthorized access via SMS and email. Easy to install, with no monthly fees or contracts, make this alarm a good choice for a cost-effective security system.

Add a Splash of Color
Personalize any room with colored LED light bulbs, such as the LIFX Color 1000 lightbulb. Increase productivity or herald relaxation with multiple hues that fit your mood. While the light bulbs themselves can start out expensive, you won’t need to replace them very often. The lifespan of these lights is quoted at being over 20 years, with a yearly energy cost of $1.32 per bulb.

Windows and Locks That Work for You
Opening blinds, closing doors, and manually locking up your home are daily tasks that you may not even think about automating, but they are some of the easiest processes to install and control within your home. Blinds that open up when the sun comes out or locks that don’t need a key to enter are subtle touches that make a big difference.

Self-Raising Blinds
If you struggle with getting out of bed in the morning, wake up to a loud alarm, or prefer to wake up naturally, then you may choose to automate your blinds with FlipFlic. FlipFlic is a simple, solar-powered device that automatically opens your blinds for you based on your preferences. You can also use the smartphone app to adjust the level manually without standing up from your chair. This device  manages your blinds when you are away, opening and shutting blinds to simulate activity in the home, keeping you safe.

Smart Locks Give You Control
The August Smart Lock is a lock that works with your preexisting hardware, meaning less time and energy spent on installation. Your smartphone becomes your key, locking and unlocking your door without the need to dig in your purse. Giving virtual keys to your family enables you to keep tabs on who is entering and leaving your home. With the addition of guest keys, you can also decide how long a guest may have access to your home, from a few minutes to several weeks.

Control Your Home
There are many different options for controlling your smart home, from voice commands to touch control. With so many choices on the market from numerous trusted brands, you have options that help you adjust your automated life from anywhere you are.

Amazon Alexa
Control your smart devices with Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa serves as a link between you and your devices using intuitive voice activation, meaning you can give it simple commands and it will perform them to the best of its ability. Not all devices are compatible with Alexa’s voice service, so ensure that they are before purchasing the product.

Vivint Smart Home offers packages bundling all of your smart devices, enabling you to control everything from one place without going to seven different applications. Simply put Vivint’s App on your smartphone, add your devices, and watch as your home comes together under one convenient remote control. Vivint also works with Google Home for added functionality.


By Cary Teller

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike.

Greg also knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate