Transform Your Home into a Smart Home

As technology continues to evolve and become vital to our daily lives, it only makes sense to consider how it can make things easier for you on an everyday basis. And there is perhaps no better place to incorporate “smart” technology than your home. With today’s smart devices, you can do things like automatically controlling the temperature of your home, the brightness of the lights in your space and when they turn on and off, and even when your slow cooker should begin to cook dinner. Let’s take a look at how you can make your home smart and reap the benefits the technology has to offer! 

Benefits of Having a “Smart Home”

As mentioned briefly above, smart technology can have a big impact on the convenience and usefulness of your home. In fact, having the right smart devices could even help improve your health! Being able to automatically transition your home to best temperature for sleep once night hits, for example, or investing a smart bed is a good way to help promote sleep and complement things like soothing wall colors. Better sleep, including better ways to wake up in the morning, can help boost your mood, energy levels, and ambition. In addition, smart technology can help make your home a more calming and productive place.

Whether you’re upgrading your current place or are investing in new space, opting for smart technology is a smart bet to make your home more livable and future-proof.

How to Make Your Home “Smart”

There are a few different things to think about when the time comes to turn your home “smart”. First of all, consider which smart home devices are right for you. For some people, that might be a slow cooker that can be remotely controlled from work or school. Other people might decide that a smart thermostat is a great way to save money and regulate a healthy home environment. Once you’ve determined which devices you’re after and how you’d like them to work for you, the time has come to start transforming your home. We recommend working by amenity or element. 

Many people decide that breaking their home’s smart evolution up into easily-manageable pieces like “lighting”, “temperature”, and “sound”, can make the process a bit easier to handle. You might start with lighting, for example, and install smart light fixtures and bulbs throughout the house. Once you have everything all set up and ready to go, you can move on to sound. Decide the setup that makes the most sense for you and your loved ones, and then get to work. Before long, you’ll find yourself with a fully-upgraded house that works perfectly for your needs and might even attract buyers with its modern amenities. 

Creating a smart home might seem daunting, but there are easy ways to accomplish the goal. Make strategic choices about which devices will work for your space and start steadily working towards your overall goal, whether that is a fully-automated home system or something a bit more mundane. With consistent progress and a clearly-defined planned, your home will be in great shape before you know it. 

SMUD 2019 Summer Rates (June 1 to Sept 30)

It has been a pretty long tradition now to have a different rate for electricity depending on time of day.

I think that part of that penalizes a lot of people though, since the most expensive period is when people come back home from work (the greater majority at least.) A time when people play on their computers, watch TV, run their laundry…

Here is the table showing the rates for the summer of 2019:

12:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Midnight to Noon
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Noon to Evening
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Evening to Late Night
8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Late Night to Midnight

Stay cool and enjoy your summer!

The Wildlife in the Summer Season in Sacramento, California

This photo shows a coyote jumping as it is attempting to catch a prey.


The summer season is when most of the wildlife comes out and there is still a lot of it in the Sacramento area, especially in the outskirt and along the river since we saved a pretty large natural area around the river exactly for that purpose (and also to provide space in case of large water flow in an attempt to avoid or at least reduce river floods which would happen every few years before we had the Folsom Dam and the Natoma Lake Dam.) Continue reading “The Wildlife in the Summer Season in Sacramento, California”

Investors who want to wholesale a house, beware of the agent’s commission!

When investors look into wholesaling a house, they generally already have interested buyers and go in the transaction knowing that they will be able to pretty much immediately flip the house.

If you are a beginner, you want to pay attention to the costs of such a transaction. If you handle everything yourself, then you avoid the commission costs to any agent, which means you can nearly see your income as the difference between your purchase and sale price. However, either way, there are fees.

Continue reading “Investors who want to wholesale a house, beware of the agent’s commission!”