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Can Smart Technology Help Realtors Stage Homes?

Can Smart Technology Help Realtors Stage Homes?

Just last week, I was speaking with a prominent realtor in Bellevue (we serve as their primary Control4 dealer for the Washington area). The conversation turned toward technology, as it so often does when you’re as enthusiastic about smart homes as I am, and she said something that I found interesting:

“Every time I show a smart home, it’s a done deal. Homeowners WANT this technology, and that means realtors should too.”

It got me thinking about the value of Control4 for realtors beyond just providing an extra feature for potential home buyers. I read a study recently that said that 81% of buyers would be more likely to buy a home if smart home products were already installed – that’s a no-brainer reason to adopt the technology in my mind. But could the smart technology also help realtors stage the homes more effectively?

Short answer is yes, but let’s dig deeper into some of the specific ways.

SEE ALSO: How Builders and Architects Can Succeed with Smart Homes

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Control4 and Triad One: The Perfect High-End Audio Solution?

Control4 and Triad One: The Perfect High-End Audio Solution?

If you consider yourself an audiophile, you’ll definitely want to hear about a new development in the world of high-end audio. Our favorite home automation brand, Control4, has teamed up with Triad, one of the best audio manufacturers in the world, to deliver an even better music experience. Read on to learn why Triad audio (and Triad One in particular) is worth adding to your Seattle, Washington area home.

What is Triad One?

Triad One is, simply put, the easiest way to add powerful, high-resolution audio to any room of your house. It’s a streaming amplifier that is small and sleek, but packs a powerful punch (we’re talking 100 watts of power per channel and -107 dB signal-to-noise level).

Triad One is not intended as a standalone speaker set. Instead, it’s an amplifier that can transform any set of speakers into an easy-to-use multi-room music setup.

All you have to do is plug it into a power source, connect it to a local audio source like a turntable or television, and hook it up to your network (you can do either wired or wireless) and your Control4 smart home automation system. You’ll have instant access to all your favorite media and streaming sources, including iHeartRadio, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, TIDAL, and more!

Why is It Better than Other High-End Audio Solutions?

Think of Triad audio as Sonos on steroids. You get the simplified user experience that puts the focus on enjoying music, not on struggling to manage your different music collections or adjust the volume on a speaker. The difference is that Triad One delivers much higher quality audio. It’s a gorgeous amplifier that delivers 100% on its promise for great-sounding music.

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Product Review: LumaStream LED Lighting Design System

Product Review: LumaStream LED Lighting Design System

If you are a regular reader of our monthly blog posts, you’ll know that we often partner with interior designers to provide technology that improves the overall look and feel of each home. One of the most popular smart home design technologies is lighting control, where interior designers can create the perfect lighting for each room, then save those settings for easy use by homeowners on a regular basis.

We’ve talked high level about how lighting control can benefit interior designers throughout Bellevue and the greater Washington area, but today we’d like to get a little more specific and talk about our favorite product for bringing each room’s lighting to life: LumaStream. 

LumaStream is an LED lighting design system that provides a solid foundation for more energy-efficient, beautiful lighting in homes. 

Here’s why we love it:

Even More Energy Efficiency

Led light bulbs are far more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs, but LumaStream takes things one step further by addressing energy waste that occurs when converting line voltage AC power to low voltage DC power. The current conversion process has a lot of lost power, which results in excess heat.

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How Builders and Architects can Succeed with Smart Homes

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We’ve talked previously on our blog about the advantages of integrating smart technology during new construction, but the question that often comes up when we speak with builders and architects is less about the “why” and more about the “how.”

It’s a far simpler process than you might think. The short answer to that question is to partner with a Control4 installer in the local Seattle area. The slightly longer answer is to partner with a Control4 installer with a proven process for collaborating with Washington construction firms.

Here’s the way we approach it:

1. You Handle the Construction; We Handle the Technology

The client may want the latest smart home technology in every room, but that doesn’t mean you have to become an expert in designing and installing those systems. Instead, leave the technology to your Control4 installer. We start by communicating directly with the home buyer to get a clear understanding of what smart home features they want, and then we design a system that meets those goals.

SEE ALSO: 3 REASONS WHY BUILDERS AND REMODELERS ARE EMBRACING SMART HOME TECH

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Are You Ready for Some Football?

As football season approaches, it’s time to make sure you have everything you need to host perfect game day parties. Beyond drinks, snacks, and décor, there’s one big thing that can have a huge impact on the quality of your football experience: your home entertainment system.

If you’re sticking with a standard resolution television and speakers, then it’s worth exploring how the latest AV technologies can greatly enhance the way you enjoy media in your Bellevue, Washington home. Keep reading to learn about the top upgrades you should consider!

1.   4K Resolution for Crystal Clear Visuals

You shouldn’t have to squint at the screen, trying to assess if the ref made a bad call on a pass completion. A 4K Ultra HD television can deliver a beautifully clear picture, with every aspect of the game captured in perfect detail. You’ll get a better view than if you were sitting in the bleachers!

As its name suggests, 4K televisions have four times the pixels as a standard resolution television. And it makes a huge difference. Once you compare a regular display to 4K, you won’t ever go back to the grainy, blurred images of a non-4K TV.

2.   Surround Sound for that Stadium Ambiance

Nothing beats that sense of comradery and excitement you get from being part of a packed stadium cheering on the Washington Huskies as they pound the competition. Is it possible to recreate that feeling in your home? We can’t deliver on the crammed bleacher seats or inclement weather, but we can help to recreate the roar of the crowd and the sounds on the field with the right surround sound setup.

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