Homes are getting smarter and more connected. During the pandemic, there was an increase in the use of apps and delivery services across all demographics. This in the future may also mean that remodelers and exterior contractors may need to prepare to add new features to remodels and home improvement projects.
Here are some of the new projects that homeowners may ask remodelers in the next few years.
1. Robot vacuum charging area
More than 15 million Americans own a robot vacuum. It is a nice convenience, but it needs a place to rest and recharge. Remodelers should consider an area in the kitchen or other utility room where the vacuums can have their own port and resting place, yet be accessible when summoned by an app.
2. Wire-free security camera fittings on Windows
Smart security cameras are getting easier for homeowners to install themselves. Modern windows companies can provide a way for homeowners to install security cameras and power outlets right in the windows.
3. Drone delivery port
Delivery by drones for homeowners’ shopping orders and library books are not far away. My prediction is that every homeowner will have to specify the area where they would like the drone delivery. Your physical address does not specify where the porch is or where the entrance is. There are two open-source technologies that are becoming popular to share exact locations within an address. What3words and PlusCodes from Google. Remodelers and builders can build an accessible platform and help the homeowner with the exact address that the drone port will have for future shopping.
4. Mesh Wi-Fi stations
For larger homes, having multiple Wi-Fi points is common. Homeowners can improvise and hide these mesh Wi-Fi points between plants and under tables, but savvy developers and remodelers can create a Wi-Fi niche with a power outlet to help the points blend in right away. This will require some knowledge of how the Wi-Fi system works to be able to give the best recommendation to homeowners.
5. Level garages for self-driving cars
In cars that have an automatic summons like a Tesla, if you want your car to park itself in the garage, you need an entry to the garage without a slope. As self-driving cars evolve remodelers and builders must consider the angles for the entry of these cars. Additionally, having an EV charger in every garage is a necessity for electric cars.
As a homeowner, these are some of the pain-points that I personally had except for the drone port, which is a bit futuristic. What are your favorite future project predictions?
Shashi Bellamkonda is the VP of marketing at Leap.