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3 Powerful Smart Home Upgrades


Chicagoland builders and designers should keep these systems in mind for their next retrofit or new construction projects

We’re well into spring at this point in the year, which is both a seasonal high point for buying and selling homes. It’s also the time homeowners start thinking about spring cleaning, and both factors make this an ideal time for builders and designers to suggest smart home upgrades for their clients.

But how do you stand out in a crowded market, especially as automation technology becomes increasingly common in homes? As the Chicago area’s leading smart home company, we’d suggest these three systems for your next project.

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Spring and summer are the time for backyard barbecues and other get-togethers, which makes giving homeowners a way to make those events easier. Why should their backyard party stop just because the sun has set? With outdoor lighting control, the fun can last all night long.

With outdoor lighting control, residents can highlight outdoor elements or architectural features to create a more customized and appealing design. In-ground well lights can add subtle lighting around plants or trees, while colored LEDs can help add some visual flourish to a home’s exterior aesthetic.

These systems also give homeowners the same benefits lighting control provides in indoor spaces. Your clients get centralized controls using their phones, a substantial increase in energy efficiency and the opportunity to customize their exterior lighting to a much finer degree.


If you are away from your home this spring on vacation or on a business trip, it’s not always easy to manage your property. Luckily with a home entry system you can access all of your doors, garages and gates from anywhere in the world.

With updated features like HD cameras and an connected intercom, you will always know who is coming and going. Need to let in a relative or delivery man? No problem, simply let them in with instructions or through an app on your smart phone. Enjoy peace of mind no matter where you are. Visit to learn more.


An improved network may not add anything to your customers’ homes directly, but it makes everything run more smoothly and allows for further system expansion down the line. From phones and tablets to smart TVs and video game consoles, more and more devices rely on home networks, which puts greater strain on the network infrastructure. A network upgrade ensures clients get the best performance from their devices while laying the groundwork for additional systems.

A stronger, up-to-date network is also key to protecting homeowners’ information and digital assets. Online identity thieves can cause just as much damage as their analog counterparts, but proper encryption and other security measures go along way toward keeping your customers’ data secure.

While these smart home upgrades may not be the most requested features from your clients, they can make a major impact nonetheless. To learn more about these or any of the other automation solutions we offer at Barrett’s, call us at (630) 898-2850 or fill out our online contact sheet.

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