Setting Up a Smart Home in New Jersey

We all know that there are many benefits to living in an active lifestyle apartment, but did you know that there are just as many benefits to living in a smart home, if not more? You can save money on your electric bills and improve your way of life with the push of a few buttons on your mobile device. There are lots of tips and tricks you can use to save money and make your luxury-living home tech-savvy. We’ll explore how to set up a smart home on a budget by looking at the best products and services that won’t break the bank. Read on for some helpful advice on how to get your home up to speed without breaking the bank. 

Do Your Research 

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When it comes to setting up a smart home, the first step is to do your research. It’s important to know what products are available, what they can do for you, and what your landlord, community manager, and lease will allow. Knowing what products will best fit your budget and meet your needs is essential to creating an efficient and cost-effective smart home.  

When researching, you should read reviews from trusted sources and make sure that the products you choose are compatible with each other. Make sure to check for any hidden costs, such as monthly fees or subscription services. Additionally, be sure to look into any discounts or promotions that may be available. This can help you save money and create a more cost-effective system.  

Finally, be sure to think about the long-term cost of setting up a smart home. While some products may be cheaper initially, they may end up costing you more in the long run if they are not energy-efficient or reliable. Researching and investing in quality products can save you time, money, and headaches in the future.  

Smart Products 

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When it comes to setting up a smart home, the sky is the limit when it comes to the products you can purchase. Lightbulbs, robot vacuums, smart speakers and hubs, televisions, and home security cameras – there are a variety of products available on the market that can make your home smarter.  

Smart Lightbulbs 

Smart lightbulbs have become increasingly popular in recent years. They are energy-efficient and allow you to control the lighting in your home from your smartphone or tablet. Popular brands include Philips Hue, LIFX, and Sengled.  

Robot Vacuums 

Robot vacuums are a great way to keep your home clean without lifting a finger. These robots automatically detect dirt, debris, and pet hair, and then use specialized brushes and suction technology to clean it up. Popular brands include iRobot Roomba, Neato Botvac, and Ecovacs Deebot.  

Smart Hubs 

Smart hubs are voice-activated devices that allow you to access your favorite music, streaming services, and more. Hubs provide a central point of control for your smart home devices, allowing you to easily manage and monitor your home’s network. Popular brands include Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod.  

Smart Outlets 

Smart outlets let you control the appliances and electronics in your home remotely. This is especially helpful if you want to conserve energy or turn off electronics when you’re away from home. Popular brands include Belkin WeMo, TP-Link Kasa, and Leviton Decora.  

Smart Televisions 

Smart televisions have revolutionized how we watch television. They come with built-in apps that allow you to stream movies and shows directly from the Internet. Popular brands include Samsung, LG, and Sony.  

Home Security Cameras 

Home security cameras are essential for any smart home. They give you peace of mind by allowing you to monitor the interior of your home while you’re away. Popular brands include Arlo, Blink, and BlueRams. 

Prioritize Your Needs 

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Ask yourself, “What do I need most? What could wait until I can afford it?” This will help you focus on the essentials and keep you from overspending. Start by making a list of the things that you want in your home automation system. Then, rank them according to your priorities. Consider features such as security, convenience, energy efficiency, and comfort. When you’re ready to shop, stick to the items that made your top priority list. 

Garden Communities’ Smart Homes 

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Garden Communities’ apartments come readily equipped to help you live a smart life. All new residences are ready for cable Wi-Fi and have efficient appliances, like refrigerators, ovens, ranges, and microwaves. Keep your packages secure until you’re able to retrieve them from dedicated Amazon Package Lockers, found in both Washington Promenade and Pondview Estates. Not only that, but many of our communities have Latch Smart Door Locks to help keep you safe.  

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If you are driving an electric vehicle, you can feel comfortable knowing that you can easily charge it at one of these Garden Communities homes: