The happily-ever-after of millennials and smart homes!

The happily-ever-after of millennials and smart homes!

Millennials are people born typically in the period of 1980s to early 2000s. A small calculation shall tell you that most of them are in the stage of life today when buying a home is on the cards. And hence, if the real estate industry is touted to be contributing 13% to the country’s GDP by 2025, millennials will naturally have a big contribution to it. Thus, it is a market everyone is trying to tap. But who really is a millennial and what is he/she looking for? Let’s find out-

1.Convenience savvy-

In a millennial’s head, it is simple- is the house close enough to the office in order to minimize commute? Are all the necessary amenities within a short distance? Can I instruct the house to be ready for me with the right music and lights when I am on my way back? Check! Millennials or Gen Y, as they are called, do not have time and prefer a one-stop-shop kind of a solution for all their needs.

This is where smart homes score. It takes one voice command or one click of a button to do a multitude of things in your house. Imagine a setting in your kitchen eco-system wherein when you say cooking, the platform focus lights are automatically switched on along with the electrical chimney and you pre-programmed cooking playlist is set to repeat. Sounds surreal, doesn’t it?

2.Demands value for money-

Millennials mostly manage to strike a fine balance between the money they spend and the quality they acquire against it. Majority of them don’t overspend on luxury but would much rather look for a sustainable solution that gels well with their lifestyle.

How many times has it happened that you have reached the office and can not remember if you switched the geyser off? Don’t fret, in a smart home, the smart appliances manage themselves with the help of a remote click. Hence, the features of a smart home seem to be in accordance with what millennials look for.

3.Security Conscious-

We are all quite wary of the safety and security of our families and loved ones; millennials all the more because they are the ones who have seen the maximum noise around this subject. And we go out of our way to ensure the safety of all our family members but live with a constant fear of ‘what if?’

With one of the smart security features in a smart home, you can only unlock a door with your fingertips or via code. Also, you can even have motion sensors deployed that give you an idea about movements happening in your areas of concern. The moment the doorbell rings, light flashes at the door and your camera provides you with a live feed of the visitor. Smart security, anyone?

4..Technology Driven-

Please bear in mind that Gen Y is the generation that knew how to play online games before they learned how to play badminton. Hence, the approach to the digital medium and the willingness to transform into an IT hub spot, is outstanding!

Smart homes are the epitome of technology and hence hold a strong attraction towards millennials.

If the lifestyle of a millennial was a huge jigsaw puzzle, the smart homes piece would fit in perfectly in the puzzle. Whether you consider it from a financial perspective or a practical one, smart homes are the obvious choice here. We, at Emaar India, are dedicated to catering to our users’ needs and we had identified this market segment and the related product considerably earlier. There is a brand-new concept ready to catch your eye! Visit: http://comingsoon.emaar-india.com

DIY-ing your way to a smart home? Let’s reconsider!

DIY-ing your way to a smart home? Let’s reconsider!

The current smart home penetration in India is 1.5%. Also, the smart home market in India is expected to grow at 44% in the coming years. Hence, there is a very high possibility that you are a part of this growth and are planning the big shift to a technology-driven home as we speak. Good decision, we say. But the bigger question is, how are you planning to achieve it?

You can either buy a home that was designed to be a smart home and has been built accordingly. Or, you can conduct the digital transformation of your home by yourself. You might decide on the latter in order to save some money or fulfil your technological cravings. Having said that, there might be some graver issues that shall surface once the process starts. And we are here for a heads-up. Here goes-

The UI dilemma

A smart home only feels smart when the interface to use the technology is simple enough for you and us to understand. However, the thing to understand here is that it is not a single UI we are talking about; rather we are referring to a number of UIs that come with each smart home equipment and needs to be integrated into a user-friendly interface.

So, you got a smart home kit and a hub to centralize all activities. Can you now build a consolidated UI on your own considering the variety of devices you have got? And even if you do manage to integrate, isn’t there a possibility that only you (as the designer of this array) understands the complex UI and no one else? The possibility of this can be quite high.

Are you dis-integrating?

Consider this. You have spent hours selecting the exact model of the smart lights, home assistants, secure locks etc. Now imagine the horror of going through the installation of this equipment only to discover that they are not 100% compatible with each other. For example, perhaps your home assistant does not support the party-lights function of your smart blubs.

In a dream-like smart home weekend morning, you shall wake up to your favourite music playing and the room temperature set to just how you like it. Now when the milkman comes to your door and rings the doorbell, the music pauses and the smart security system shows you who it is at the door, you unlock the door sitting in another room. Also, in the dream-like smart home, all of this happens through a single app and through the click of a single button. However, in a DIY installed smart-home the reality might be different with you scrambling across various apps to get the system working and this whole science of your home is completely inaccessible to any visitors!

Let us trust the expert-

Let’s face it. Somethings are better accomplished by experts. You would be surprised at the number of things you did not know about smart homes; right from the network, cables, wi-fi capabilities, equipment functions etc. Internet of Things works on the concept of connected devices that talk to each other and to the cloud. Now, what if the place you have installed one of the devices doesn’t come with the required low-voltage wiring? However, with the right experience and tools, similar matters can be resolved in a jiffy.

Considering the above-said factors, it is advisable to invest in a pre-designed and equipped smart-home in order to actually experience the revolution that a smart home is; and not struggle with it. Why indulge in something that could be left to the experts? Watch this space for more such information!

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5 things to check before you take possession of your new house

Taking the possession of your house is a feeling unparalleled in this universe. In all likelihood, you would have saved for this house for years together and along with your family, must have dreamt of how you shall do it up for months. And when the day finally arrives, it is an emotional one. You feel pride and accomplishment like never before. We, at Emaar India, resonate deeply with this emotion. Hence, just so that the sentiments do not cloud over your judgement, we are here with a list of checks that you must carry out before your home possession:

Key documents-

Perhaps the most important of it all. There are many documents to check when the final handover of keys is happening- sale deed, occupancy certificate, encumbrance certificate et al. It is imperative that each document is thoroughly checked. Having a set of legal eyes accompany you also would not hurt. Read more about the documents required to be checked here.

Electrical fittings-

Do check if all the sockets and plug points in the house are in working condition and firmly planted. Locate the fuse box and check if the main fuse of the house controls the power in all rooms. Please ensure the house is suitably power backed up. If you were promised an extra set of switches, now is the time to check on them. None of the switches should be direct, i.e. brimming with electricity even when powered off.

Walls-

Go through each and every wall thoroughly to check for any cracks. Also, check if the quality and colour of wall paint have been provided as promised. While you are at it, check if the doors and windows are provided and are painted as planned.

Plumbing-

You must make sure all taps in the bathrooms have water and all flushes work. There should not be any leakage or loose taps. Check the sanitaryware and dado have been provided as promised. The tiles too must be crack-free and of the previously planned colour and design. All the drains must be working and there must not be any clogging.

Safety Features-

One of the most important things is the safety in and around the house. The locks must be in place and working smoothly. We suggest you insist on a secure night latch system. Also, there must be a suitable fire alarm system in the house in case of a contingency. Do check for gas leakages thoroughly. You must ensure the balconies and other open areas are secured with grills and skirtings especially if you have kids in the house.

Your home is your place of Zen. It represents your dreams, hopes and aspirations in more than just metaphorical terms. Although it definitely is the developer’s responsibility to make it a safe abode with all features provided as per the initial plan; but it is your responsibility as well to keep the deliverables under check. Here’s wishing your new home brings you all that you desire!