Renting an apartment doesn't mean you have to miss out on the convenience and comfort of a smart home. With a little creativity and some smart choices, you can easily turn your rented space into a tech-savvy oasis. In this blog, we'll explore how you can transform your apartment into a smart one without going against your lease agreement!  

Choose the Right Smart Devices: 

Before diving into the world of smart home technology, it's essential to pick the right devices that are compatible with your living situation. Opt for devices that don't require permanent installation or rewiring, such as: 

a. Smart Plugs: These adapters can turn your existing appliances into smart devices, allowing you to control them remotely. 

b. Smart Bulbs: Replace your regular light bulbs with smart LED bulbs that can be controlled using your smartphone or voice commands. These also can help you save energy, and you’ll never have to get out of bed to turn off the lights again!  

c. Smart Speakers: Invest in a smart speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Home to control your devices using voice commands. These are perfect to use during dinner parties and while cleaning your home.  

Build a Smart Ecosystem: 

When converting your home, make sure to select devices that can be integrated into a central hub or app. This will help you streamline your smart home experience and make the controlling process much more accessible. Many devices are compatible with popular platforms such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit.  

Pro tip: Once everything is set up, make sure to label all of your devices. This will help with easy control throughout your whole home.   

Opt for Wireless Solutions: 

Since permanent changes may not be an option in a rental suite, focus on wireless solutions, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled devices. These do not require drilling holes or complex installations, making them perfect for temporary living spaces. We suggest reading the fine print for each device because some might take more power and could risk bursting a fuse on rare occasions.  

Customize Automation: 

After you have set up your smart system, we suggest creating an automation routine to simplify your daily life. For example, try setting up schedules to turn lights on and off, adjust the thermostat or play music at specific times. By doing this, you can cut your energy emissions and have an enhanced daily life without worrying about leaving your devices on.  

Smart Furniture: 

Another great option to consider is investing in smart furniture or accessories, such as coffee tables with built-in wireless chargers or smart mirrors displaying useful information. These can increase the number of cords and plugs in your apartment and also remove the need to awkwardly reach around furniture to reach an outlet in the wall.  

Pro tip: Add some smart low lighting in your apartment. Perhaps install strip lights underneath tables or behind items to introduce nice soft lighting when you do not want to use the overhead light.   

Adhere Your Lease Agreement: 

Last but not least, always ensure that your smart home upgrades align with your lease agreement. Avoid any changes that could breach the terms of your lease or cause damage to the apartment to ensure you receive your full damage deposit and avoid any lease conflicts.  It's essential to maintain the property's existing conditions and functionality for a hassle-free move-out. 

Transforming your rental suite into a smart home can be an exciting and rewarding journey. By selecting the proper devices, you can enjoy the benefits of a connected home without needing to make permanent changes. With the right gadgets, your apartment will be a place where convenience, comfort and technology come together to make your life both simpler and more enjoyable!  

by Avenue Living Communities