With the advancements in technology, the home security system of the modern day homeowner is now more advanced than ever, and its trusted by many across the world. This means that they’re in demand, and home sellers, particularly in Australia’s Queensland, are taking note of the fact, installing security systems in their properties to drive up their real estate value.
Guard dogs, and any other old-fashioned home security system have been slowly replaced with high-tech systems, like smartphones, remote connectivity, and CCTV systems. Regardless of which one any homeowner preferred, there is simply no possible excuse for carelessness with regards to home safety.
But research data from Nest, an Australian home device company, reveals that one in every three Queenslanders have been victimized by a burglar, yet 40% of people admit they leave their spare keys outside, and 33% even admit that they leave doors and windows outright unlocked.
Even with 62% of Queenslanders worrying about their home security, only 24% have taken precautions like installing a home security system in their homes. Director of Product Marketing Maxime Veron, Nest, says that this is because that home security solution have, in the past, been problematic to have around, with unattractive hardware, false alarms, or the trouble of having to activate them whenever they leave the house.
With the advancements in home security, however, people have been changing their tune, with more and more installing home security solution in their homes, and even the real estate market have taken notice.
Real estate agents have noticed a new trend, with buyers and sellers embracing home security systems. Harcourts Coorparoo’s Patrick Ivey says that buyers and homeowners now consider it mandatory to have a home security system in their properties, particularly the more high-end homes.
Home sellers are also spending the additional money for security measures, ensuring additional profit for the peace of mind of any buyer.
Beth Leach, owner of the eponymous Beth Leach New Farm real estate agency, says that her clients now expect a keypad security system at the bare minimum, while Crimsafe and plantation shutters are taking the place of window bars, which provide the same security with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Scott Wilson, of iSelect, says that rising crime rates have lead to homeowners embracing home security systems to avoid break-ins, no longer content with simple insurance.