Not all Realtors will agree with me but I would argue that making your house smart can help sell your home. Now let me explain how.
First of all, you have to be willing to leave your smart items. This is the biggest reason I've heard that Realtors say that smart homes don't aid in the sale of a house and it makes sense... Why should a purchaser care if your home is smart if it won't be when they move in?
There are also different levels of making a home smart. You can have smart plugs that plug into the wall or you can actually install a smart wall plug. The same is true for lights. You can buy smart light bulbs or you can install smart light switches. While they will achieve the same function, one is a fixture and the other is an accessory that you can take out. In addition, I would make sure that the plugs and switches can be used normally for people who prefer not to set up the smart features.
There are a lot of smart products out there and some may raise more concern than excitement. For example, if you are planning on replacing your exterior door lock with a smart lock, I would encourage you to keep the old lock. The smart lock may make a few buyers nervous as it may seem "Hackable."
If you intend to use smart home features as a selling point, I would suggest you add an inexpensive voice controller to sweeten the pot. Over the holidays, both the Echo dot and the Google Home Mini were $30. This could be an inexpensive way to be selling an exciting smart home.
Finally, a smart home won't be for everyone. Some people will absolutely love the idea and others may be scared off by it. I would recommend you make these improvements for your own enjoyment first. These tips are designed to help you think about reselling while you are making these improvements.
If you want suggestions on how to personally market your home as a smart home, call or email me.