Telecommuting in the United States is at an all-time high. Spurred by technology and a changing workplace culture, over 24% of Americans now complete some or all of their work at home on a typical workday. What’s more, it’s estimated that over 50% of jobs would be compatible with a remote workforce.The Age of the Home Office
With collaboration tools like Google Drive, Skype, and Slack, it’s no wonder more people are managing a full day’s work without ever leaving home. Telecommuters enjoy the comfort of their own home and skip the annoyance of needing to commute in to the office. Home offices are also the perfect environment for starting a small [...]
You likely have an idea of what digital assistants can do. Alexa, Google Assistant, and others can order food, activate your smart vacuum to clean up after the kids, and even start your coffee in the morning. But if you’re looking for something that goes beyond simple conveniences, they can also help keep you safe—Alexa and other digital assistants work with security devices in any corner of your home. Here’s what you need to know about using Alexa, or any smart assistant, with security in mind.What Is Amazon Alexa?
Amazon Alexa and other artificial intelligence (AI) assistants go by several names: digital assistants, smart home hubs, and smart home [...]
Cable and satellite subscriptions in the US are plummeting, and video streaming is driving the change. Cord-cutters are people who have ended their cable subscriptions in favor of streaming sites, local channels, and other types of entertainment. By cutting the cord and building a custom package of individual services, you could save a lot of money, but there are some major considerations to make before you take the leap yourself.
Here’s a closer look at why cord-cutting might (or might not) be right for you, and four things to think about prior to taking the plunge.Cord-cutting in 2018
There’s never been a better time to be a cord-cutter. Streaming [...]
Several reports reveal the smart home is going mainstream. Zion Market Research, citing financial figures, predicts the smart home market will grow from $24 billion in 2016 to roughly $54 billion by 2022 — a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of almost 15%. The research firm bases that finding on existing trends and forecasted models.
As an example, consumers already use in-home devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) to control lighting, heating and air conditioning, irrigation, entertainment, security, and appliances. Zion believes purchases of those types of items will only increase as consumers benefit from smart home technology.Definition of Home [...]
If you’re a new homeowner or living in an outdated home, you could be putting you and your family at significant risk if you haven’t reviewed your home’s safety. Regular safety checks can help keep your home safe, but sometimes you need to do a little more. These four home safety upgrades are essential and inexpensive in comparison to the costs of hazards like a house fire or a threat to your health.Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors may be one of the most ubiquitous safety devices in the US. Still, smoke alarms sound in only 53% of house fires; three out of five fire-related [...]
When your home goes on the market, it could be exposed to more than just potential buyers. Your home could be the target of scams, theft, insurance claims, and other issues, especially if you and your realtor are planning to hold a large open house. Taking certain precautions with your valuables and your home can protect you and your family from these common threats and ensure your selling experience goes as smoothly as possible.Theft
Homes on the market are common targets for petty theft. If you’ve got valuables in your home, you’re putting yourself at risk, especially if you’re planning on holding an open house or two. Even common targets for theft can [...]
Is your home ready for the next snowpocalypse? Winter is right around the corner, and there’s never been a better time for a little home improvement, inside and out. Most people spend more time indoors in the winter, and these easy home upgrades can help keep your cabin fever at bay until things warm up again.Re-insulate Your Attic
When it comes to winter updates, insulation is one of the best investments you can make. Over 90% of homes in the US are under-insulated, and a lack of insulation can significantly inflate your energy bills.
Remodeling magazine rates fiberglass attic insulation as the number-one most efficient home improvement project with a 117% [...]
Future homeowners want to find their dream homes, so they look at square footage and amenities. What they might not remember to consider is the neighborhood. The surrounding environment affects the dream as much as, if not more than, a master bathroom and a closet with enough space for sixty-odd pairs of shoes. Here’s what you need to know and do to ensure your next home resides within your ideal neighborhood.Talk with your realtor
Realtors can be excellent sources of information. They know nitty-gritty details about local schools, criminal activity, and living costs, so ask them to share their knowledge. More often than not, they want to help you find the best home [...]