According to a recent study by the National Association of Home Builders, many home seekers including North Shore real estate buyers are looking for high-tech and low maintenance homes. Homes that provide convenient  living with technology built-in. In fact, many builders are incorporating this theme not only in their homes but into community planning efforts as well.

Is your Chicago-North Shore property high-tech ready? Below is a list of recent “must have” technology or entertainment options, which are often requested by buyers:

  1. Is the home pre-wired for home theater or multiroom audio/video conditions/setup?  Are there in-wall speakers?
  2. Does the North Shore home have multizoning heating and cooling controls with programmable thermostats?
  3. Does the North Shore home have multiroom lighting controls, window-covering controls, or other home automation features?
  4. Are there enough jacks in each room for cable TV and high-speed Internet hookups?
  5. Are their ample telephone extensions or jacks?
  6. Does the Chicago-North Shore property have a local area network (LAN) for linking computers?
  7. Does the  North Shore home already have wiring for DSL or another high-speed Internet connection?
  8. Is the home wired with multipurpose in-wall wiring that allows for reconfigurations to update services as technology changes?

To further rate your north shore home on its technological sophistication, see the link for the Consumer Electronics Association’s Tech-Home checklist: http://www.ce.org/AboutCEA/CEAInitiatives/esc-rating-system.asp

Feel free to stop by Coldwell Banker, North Shore residential real estate office in Glencoe, IL 60022-640 Vernon Ave. We can help determine your homes worth, provide community reports, market conditions, or answer any questions regarding north shore real estate for sale/rent. Our customer service is legendary.  With over 4o years of experience, our North Shore real estate agents/brokers look forward to assisting you.

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