6 Tech Tools for New Homeowners

While you were searching for your perfect home you probably made a list of must-haves: natural light, hardwood floors, a huge yard, etc.. but now that you’ve found the right space, it’s time to start thinking about the culture of your perfect home. How do you want to feel when you’re home and how do you curate that feeling? With this shortlist of apps and gadgets, we can help you find ways to be more efficient, sustainable, and engaged with your new community from the get-go.

Nextdoor App

It’s easy to be disconnected from your neighborhood in this tech world, but Nextdoor cuts through the awkward get-to-know-you stage so you can get neighborly help right now. It’s a Friday night in your new area and you have no idea where the best restaurants are, but people on Nextdoor do! Hop onto the private social network for people in your neighborhood, and ask anything! What handymen have your neighbors worked with? Where can you take your dog for a run? What teachers are the best in the area? This app gives you a space to ask questions, get recommendations, and offer help. Best of all, everyone within your network is verified before they can participate.

Smart Locks

On the days that you find yourself on the wrong side of a locked door, a smart lock is a breath of relief. Even if you’re not prone to forgetting your keys, a smart lock adds convenience and security to your home. They make it easier for your kids to get inside after school, help guests feel at home with temporary access codes, or ease the grocery haul with touch-less access.

If you’re not quite sure whether your new neighborhood is safe for deliveries, some smart locks allow you to set up a temporary code for a delivery person. However you use it, a smart lock keeps the wrong people out while making it easier to let the right people in.

Note: Since a smart lock gives your phone the ability to open your front door, it’s important to keep apps updated and choose secure passwords for anything on your phone. That said, your digital key is in no greater danger than anything else you keep on your phone.

Mesh Wi-fi

Wi-fi dead spots are something we’ve all had our fill of, but you don’t have to take that frustration with you to your new home. When you opt for a mesh network, instead of one central point emitting a Wi-fi signal that gets weaker with distance, you get a network of “nodes” that act as a net to transmit an even connection throughout the house. That means no more strategizing where to put the TV so the router can reach it.

Not only are these systems easy to set up, but they are “self-healing” which means if a node goes down, the system automatically reroutes to the most efficient way to transfer data. For users, that means connection hiccups are hardly noticeable.

Homie App

You might be settled in your new home, but don’t close the door on the Homie app just yet. Yes, Homie helps you easily list, search, and buy new properties, but it also helps you keep an eye on the real estate market in your new area. Look for investment properties or track the value of your home and how much neighbors list their homes for. By paying close attention, you’ll gain a sense of your property value and know if there’s a good time to cash in your equity and upgrade to a new home.

JouleBug

Make sustainable living into a game and get involved in your community with the JouleBug app. JouleBug awards you points every time you make a sustainable choice. Get rewarded for remembering your reusable bags, using compost, recycling, biking, or carpooling. Up the ante and take part in community challenges and get to know neighbors while you help keep the earth healthy.

JouleBug not only teaches you how to live more sustainably, it inspires lifestyle changes that make your funds more sustainable as well.

Smart Thermostat

Maybe you took our advice, bought a fixer-upper, and are saving for renovations—or maybe you’re just waiting for your savings to recover. Whatever the case, a smart thermostat helps you cut costs in one of the most overlooked areas: energy consumption.

Schedule your days with your smart thermostat and guarantee that the room is exactly the temperature you want while you’re in it, while saving energy when you’re not. Set it to automatically adjust to an energy-conscious temperature while everyone is out, then warm to a comfortable temperature before they return. If done right, you won’t notice the change—except on your energy bill.

Start on the Right Foot

A new home is a fresh start. Now is the time to create a vision of the culture you want to live in and take the steps to get there. Even though we know things can’t buy happiness, these apps and smart tech offer convenience and give you the freedom to live consciously.

About the Author

Rosemary is a freelance writer with a passion for people, places, and alliteration. When she’s not writing, you can find her crafting the perfect playlist or volunteering in her community.

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Moving Rituals from Around the World

By Al Harris, Web Editor, SpareFoot.com

Moving to a new home is a new beginning. What better way to make sure your new beginning starts off right than with a little ritual?

Cultures around the world have developed unique rituals for bringing good luck to a move into a new house. While you may not be of the superstitious sort, practicing a move-in ritual is a great way to set intentions for how you will live in your new home. 

So, let’s take a tour around the world to see what different cultures do when moving to a new home:

India

In India, it is important to pick certain auspicious days for moving. For example, the first day of the lunar calendar, a full moon, or a festival day are all common moving days in India. Families might even consult a Hindu priest to determine the best date that is suited to them based on various factors. Fridays, Saturdays and rainy days are considered unlucky for move-ins, but Thursdays are considered the best.

Another moving day superstition in India is that you must step through the threshold with your right foot first.

Russia

In Russia, it is considered good luck to let a cat into your new home first. This tradition is so widespread that one of Russia’s largest banks recently provided a “loaner cat” to any customer who obtained a new mortgage.

United Kingdom and Ireland

Many Irish believe it is bad luck to exit the home through a different door than you entered. But this only applies the first time you enter and exit the house. 

Another tradition in the British Isles is to bring a new broom with you to your new home. That’s because old brooms carry all of your past troubles and bad energy, and you don’t want to bring that with you to your new place. A new broom ensures a fresh start. The broom superstition is actually common across many cultures around the world, not just the United Kingdom.

Mexico

In Mexico it is tradition to place an aloe plant outside your home to ward off negative energy. The succulent plant is said to absorb bad vibes like a sponge.

The Philippines

To guarantee financial prosperity when moving in the Philippines, it is common to place coins throughout every corner of the home. Along with the coins, rice and salt must also be the first things that you bring into your new house.

America

In America it isn’t uncommon to burn bundles of sage throughout a new house to purify the air and expel any negative forces. The practice, known as smudging, is adapted from Native American culture. Oddly enough, smudging has been embraced by practitioners of Feng Shui as means to clear any negative energies out of a house. 

Another moving ritual in America is one you are most likely to find in the Deep South. It is tradition to paint the ceiling of your front porch a shade of light blue called “haint blue”. The color is said to repel haints, a regional term for ghostly spirits, from entering the house.

A World of Superstition

We’re not sure if any of these practices will actually bring you good luck, but it does go to show that every culture considers moving into a new home to be a momentous event. Whether you practice a moving ritual or not, be sure to take a moment to celebrate your move and recognize the major life event taking place before you.

Al Harris is the web editor at SpareFoot.com, the world’s largest marketplace for finding and reserving a self-storage unit.

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