While we cannot predict the future, we can help ourselves prepare for it by considering the probable future situations we might face. As a result, it’s a good idea to look at ways that you can future-proof your home and make sure that it is a place you want to be for many years to come. From introducing smart technology to making your home more accessible, there are a number of options available. In this article, we have highlighted a handful of possibilities, helping you to prepare for all eventualities and ensure that your home is ready for the future.
Make your home accessible
Growing old is inevitable and with age comes limited mobility and visual impairment in many cases. Therefore, one of the best ways you can future proof your home is to make sure that it is as accessible as possible for your golden years. You won’t want to wait until the stairs are too difficult for you to manage as this is when accidents can occur. By taking the right steps now, however, your home can be ready for whatever life throws at you, preventing stress in the future. There are many accessibility options available, for example, you could implement ramps outside, create a step-free shower, and even install a wheelchair lift for your home. The latter can be a classy and luxurious addition right now and a valuable tool in the years to come.
Turn your home into a smart home
Smart homes and appliances are some of the fastest-growing trends right now and it stands to reason that this will only increase in the future. You can make sure your home is looking forward by buying into some of the exciting technology now available. Smart technology brings incredible control to your home, with intelligent lighting, smart remote locks, smart plugs, smart thermostats, smart speakers, and smart home security cameras accessed via a wireless device such as a phone or tablet. There are popular brand smart home products like Amazon Echo/Alexa and Google Assistant as well as custom options. Not only will this technology help make life simpler and more manageable, but by implementing smart home security systems and alarms, you can feel safer too.
It will certainly be worth the initial expenditure to upgrade your old and outdated appliances with energy-efficient alternatives. Not only will the new appliances last longer but your monthly spending on energy will decrease too. You don’t want to get five years down the line and be thinking about all the money you could have saved by switching to more economical and cutting-edge technology. From insulation and water tanks to energy-consuming kitchen appliances, there are many areas to look at. Flux Magazine, however, as the following suggestion:
“One of the most desirable energy-efficient improvements that exist today are vinyl windows that are used in place of the old single-paned windows. The benefits of these windows are immense, including the advancement of energy efficiency. Moreover, they have a long lifespan of approximately 30 years.”
Become an eco-friendly home
The importance of protecting our planet and natural environment is becoming a bigger factor in our lives so looking at ways your home can become more eco-friendly is a great idea. There is no question that a greener approach to living is the way the world is heading so you will want to make sure your home is keeping up with the latest trends so you are keeping up and not caught out by any future regulations. You could consider utilising alternative energy like solar power for your home but also do little things as well. Educational resource The Life Hack recommends the following environmentally friendly steps:
“When remodelling, you should make use of recycled and reclaimed materials as much as possible, and with rising concerns over the use of formaldehyde in kitchen cabinets, going formaldehyde-free when updating your kitchen would be a smart move.”
Further still, for those looking to install a home lift for accessibility, there are eco-friendly options available.
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Have an internet back up plan
In the modern age, we are dependent on the internet for so much, it’s hard to think about what we would do without it! Well, if you think it’s bad now, just wait for several years down the line. Everything from home entertainment to heating and lighting will rely on the internet one day so you will want to have an internet back up plan in case your connection goes.
You could just decide to live in the woods and escape the modern world but a more realistic option would be to listen to the following advice from smart home automation experts Pro Install AV: “Consider investing in VPN (Virtual Private Network) services like Speedify, which combine all of your WiFi, 3G, 4G, and mobile phones together to create one solid internet connection so that even if your main home WiFi hub goes down, you still have enough to keep the lights on.”
Tips for future-proofing your home
- Make your home accessible
- Turn your home into a smart home
- Energy-efficient upgrades
- Become an eco-friendly home
- Have an internet back up plan
For homeowners looking to make sure they are prepared for future eventualities, there are many options available. We hope the above advice has been helpful and that you will start to consider how you can future proof your home.
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