6 Features Your Dream Home Must Have

Written by | Updated February 10, 2014

Whether you’re looking to transform your average home into your dream home, or you’re searching for home upgrades that will catch the eye of a prospective buyer, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re featuring different areas of your home that you can upgrade to help get you inspired to start the home improvement project you’ve been dreaming of for years.

1. Home Theater System

With a home theater system you’ll enjoy the excitement and pleasure of movie watching right in the comfort of your own home. Boasting a television with vivid HD picture quality and a stereo system you can’t get enough of, nothing screams “dream home” like a quality home theater system. From watching your team annihilate the competition to enjoying family movie night, a home theater system offers endless entertainment. Add a theater-style popcorn machine, some bean bags and recliners and it won’t be long before everyone on the block is talking about your fabulous home upgrade.
Home theater

2. Security

You might not think of a security system as a dream home must-have, but it is. That’s because security systems aren’t what they used to be. Nowadays, home security companies offer an impressive set of features, like sending you a text when your child gets home safely from school, when the housekeeper enters an off limits room, or when there is motion detected near the pool. Best yet, you’ll have the opportunity to customize your security system to fit your family’s needs. If you’re trying to sell your house, home upgrades like a security system will impress prospective buyers.
security system

3. Landscaping

Landscaping is an often overlooked home upgrade, but if you’re trying to sell your house in a jiffy amazing curb appeal is the way to do it. Hiring a landscape designer and a team of workers is ideal, but there are plenty of improvements you can make without the help of professionals. Get your hands on a quality DIY landscaping book and you’ll learn to lay sod, plant shrubs, repair a worn walkway and even install an irrigation system. Best yet, with the help of a home automation system, you can program irrigation to turn on predetermined times, or turn it on as you wish via your smartphone. Using automation, you can also turn on walkway lighting from around the corner or around the world.

4. Home Automation

No dream home would be complete without high-tech home automation, and now it’s remarkably affordable. Once you start using a home automation program like ADT Pulse you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Interior and exterior lights will turn on and off as needed, you can set your television to turn on as you walk in the door from work, or unlock the front door for the plumber right from your office. Plus, when you pair home automation with home security cameras, you’ll be able to check in on pets and kids while you’re away from home. Home automation is not only convenient, it gives you unparalleled peace of mind and that’s what creating a dream home is all about.
home automation

5. Outdoor Centerpiece

An outdoor centerpiece like a kidney shaped pool, a contemporary gazebo with built-in grill, or a water feature surrounded by lush landscaping are all sure signs of an upgraded home. Choose the outdoor centerpiece that speaks to you, then add ambiance with an outdoor speaker system and LED lighting and your backyard becomes as inviting as your great room. Use a home automation solution and you can pump up the tunes or dim the lights right from your iPhone.
home pool

6. Cooling Drawers

As the hub of your home, the kitchen should be the first room to enjoy a home upgrade. It’s also the room prospective homebuyer’s scrutinize the most. So whether you’re creating your dream home or making home upgrades to tantalize a prospective buyer, updating your kitchen is a sure bet.

One way to do so is by installing cooling drawers. Like the name implies, cooling drawers are under-counter drawers that keep food cool at a range of temperatures. No more running back and forth to the refrigerator when you’re putting together that amazing meal. From housing ice cream and snacks for the kids to wine and cheese for mom and dad, a cooling drawer is a dream home delight. In fact, you may want to install them in strategic places throughout your home, like in your home theater or the gazebo.
cooling drawers

New technologies are supplying us with endless ways to upgrade our homes. When choosing the home upgrade that’s best for you, consider how it will benefit your family. For example, upgrading your home with a security system can increase the value of your home, make it safer and even save you money on your homeowners’ insurance policy. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of a home security system, please call 1-855-814-3077 and a SafeWise security expert.

Which one of our home upgrades tempts you most?
dream home must have

Written by Alexia Chianis

Wanderlust junky and mom of two, Alexia is a former police officer and U.S. Army Captain who draws on her experiences to write about a myriad of safety topics. Learn more

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