How to Outfit a Smart Home on the Cheap

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Today, adding smart features to your home is easier and far less expensive than when the trend began.

“If someone wanted to make their home smart 10 years ago, they would have had to hire a home-automation specialist and purchase an incredibly expensive system, such as Crestron or Savant,” says Collin Bond, an agent with real estate brokerage Triplemint, in an email.

Today, a handful of affordable devices can be used in concert to address specific functions in your home. Here’s what to know about creating a smart home without busting your budget.

Play nice. Gallen Tsui, president of Skylink, a provider of connected home-safety solutions, says in an email that many manufacturers work with multiple platforms such as Alexa and Google Home. Using products that adhere to the same standard or work on the same platform will ensure that they work well together, making for a more seamless experience for the user.

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