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So you’ve hired the movers, bought the boxes, sorted your piles, and dropped off bags at goodwill, but there’s a new item to add to your list of to-do’s when moving; reset the automated home system. If you have fully automated your home and want to move, there are some things to consider with your smart devices.

If you’re moving out of state, the first thing to do is check if your devices are compatible in other states. Laws and regulations vary from state to state, so it’s important to do your research so you don’t run into any issues. Then, once you know your devices are compatible, change the location settings in your apps and home automation system to reflect your new address. This will ensure that any geo-fenced rules you have set up will work properly. Finally, if you have any devices that use voice control, you’ll need to change the location in your voice assistant’s settings as well.

To avoid the hassle of removing smart home devices, you might want to try factory resetting the technology before moving. This will ensure that any devices retain smart functions and can be easily set up at your new location.

If you’re not taking your smart devices with you, inform the new homeowners of the technology so they can take advantage of it. It would be a nice gesture and a common courtesy to leave all manuals and user guides with the devices so the new homeowners can easily learn how to use them.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Take inventory of all your devices and make sure they are compatible with your new place.
  • If you are moving internationally, research the voltage requirements for your devices and if you need any adapters or converters. And oh yeah, that might be a whole different article as there is so much to consider!
  • Make sure you have the correct wifi password and router information for your new spot, so you can connect all of your devices as soon as you get there.
  • If you are moving to a smaller house, you may need to downsize your collection of smart devices. You may realize you don’t need them all and can safe some money on technology bills!
  • When packing your devices, use proper padding and packaging so they are not damaged in transit. Some moving companies wont take such delicate and breakable items like computers or light bulbs!
  • Once you arrive at your new home, unpack your devices and set them up according to your new floor plan.
  • Ensure all your devices are working correctly and connected to the internet before discarding any packing materials. 

How do I transfer my smart home to a new owner?

The only way to change the hub owner is to reset it, which will delete all devices connected to the hub, automation, routines, etc. However, all is not lost, and the solution is straightforward; treat each smart home as an entity with its own email account, usernames, and passwords.

Hiring a professional home automation company is always the best option, especially if you are uncertain of how to transfer correctly without leaving confidential information behind, jeopardizing the home’s security, or accidentally taking someone’s property with you.

If you insist on doing it yourself, be sure to take these steps:

  1. Get a list of all equipment in the home, including model numbers and serial number
  2. Take photos of where everything is installed
  3. Make sure you have the usernames and passwords to all accounts, including the app, website, and any other required login
  4. If there are rules or automation, write them down or take screenshots
  5. Pack everything up carefully so it arrives safely in the new home
  6. Set everything up in the new home in the same or similar configuration
  7. Change all the passwords to something only you know
  8. Test everything to make sure it is working as intended
  9. Delete all old accounts, users, and data from the previous home

Does having a smart home add value?

According to the experts – Yes. Smart home systems are now being factored into appraisals for home sales. Having devices such as smart thermostats, smart smoke detectors, and home security systems have proven to increase a home’s value and may also help sell the home faster.

Smart home technology can definitely add to market value. Appraisers make what they call “adjustments” when they compare tech-enabled homes with similar but tech-deficient houses. As a result, smart homes command higher prices and just might be easier to sell.

It’s essential to consult with a professional home automation company when considering selling your automated home. They can advise you on the best devices to install that will give you the most significant return on investment.

When moving to a new home, there are many things to consider – from packing and unpacking all of your belongings to transferring utilities and changing your address. Don’t forget about your smart devices! Here are a few tips on what to do with your smart devices when moving:

  • Most devices will come with their own packaging; if not, be sure to use padding and bubble wrap to protect them from damage.
  • Test all of your devices before unpacking everything entirely. This will help you to identify any issues that need to be resolved.

What to do with technology when moving offices?

You must constantly consider network availability, connectivity, and data security throughout a move.

  • Coordinate with your IT department.
  • Disconnect, relocate, and install all workstations.
  • Move switches, firewalls, and servers.
  • Ensure connections are working and all stations have internet access.
  • Restore data and applications.
  • Install new hardware and make any required changes to existing hardware.
  • Transfer phone lines and contact providers about any service changes.

For a smooth transition, it’s best to consult your IT department or a professional moving company specializing in office moves. They will be able to advise you on the best way to move your technology so that your business can continue to operate smoothly.

What to do with smart devices when moving?

Finally, ensure your security isn’t violated, or devices are broken when relocating. It’s critical to remember, above all else, to log out of all accounts, take photos of device locations, and change passwords. Again, professional movers, home automation experts, and IT professionals are the ideal people to contact first before making a significant move.

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