The season of giving (and yes, receiving!) is just around the corner, so perhaps this is the perfect time for dropping some not-so-subtle hints about your wish list. If you’ve recently moved into a new home or just trying to bring your current one up to the 21st century, then it may be time to look into some cool, smart devices you can use at home to simplify your life. They may seem intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of them, you’ll be wondering what took you so long to embrace all they have to offer!

Hubs. A hub is the technical glue that holds all your smart features together. It is possible to piece together certain devices using different interfaces, but the simplest way to run it all is to commit to one brand. You can choose from Amazon, Google, Apple and others to seamlessly link all your devices.

Video doorbells. Ding dong. Who’s there? Well, pull up the app on your phone, and you’ll not just see who’s there, you’ll be able to communicate with them too! As long as you have a connection on your phone, you can monitor the comings and goings of your house from wherever you may be.

Plug-ins. In this world we now live in, it’s possible to bark orders at the air and get immediate results thanks to smart plugs. Simply connect any on/off device, like a lamp, into these magical little electrical boxes and your rooms will bow to your command. You don’t even have to say please – but you still can.

Thermostats. Not just convenient, a programmable smart thermostat can save money as well. If you combine your thermostat with your hub, you can give verbal commands to adjust the temperature. And if you’re away from home and want to heat or cool things down before you arrive, you can control the temperature from your phone when you’re on the go.

Since all of these devices are programmable from your phone or tablet, you can turn lights on and off, monitor your home and adjust the thermostat when you’re not there adding an extra layer of security and convenience to your everyday life. Come visit our models and let our agents show you around our homes to help you see where you could incorporate these devices into your new Cornerstone Communities home!