Are you thinking of buying or renovating a property?
If so, you'll definitely find this useful.

Several tips for buying a house to renovate

Before you start
Regardless of your chosen property, the most important thing you need to take stock of is your finances. These will completely dictate what you do and will guide all of your planning. Working out how much you have to spend will dictate how large the project will be, and how long it will take.
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Finding a house
The best way to find a suitable house is to look through different estate agents. As renovation has become much more popular in recent years, the competition for finding suitable properties has risen considerably. Therefore, you may be on an estate agent’s books for many months before they offer you anything.
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Before you buy
Before you buy a house, there are a number of things which you should check so you do not get any nasty surprises when it's too late. Make a plan of what changes you would like to make to the house, so you know exactly how the finished product would look. This will help you decide which rooms you want where and will give you an indication of exactly how much work will be necessary.
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Smart-Home Technology: Customizable Security, Comfort, and Convenience.

After decades of experience in providing reliable plumbing, electrical, and HVAC services, W.E. Brown is now expanding to include smart-home technology. While the idea of smart-home devices may be intimidating for some, Jay Taggart (President of W.E. Brown), sees this addition as a natural progression for the company. After all, they have been installing the first piece of smart-home technology in Americans’ homes for years– the thermostat. Your Home, Your Way Smart-homes are fully customizable, giving homeowners the ability to choose different technological enhancements that provide security, comfort, and convenience. Jay explained, “it is basically setting up your home in a way that accommodates your lifestyle. It can be as simple as having a wifi thermostat, or as complex as having a comprehensive security system. Clients will always have the option to expand their system later or adapt it to improve their lifestyle.”  What makes these enhancements truly “smart”, is that they are all fully integrated and controlled by the owner from one app. (See Diagram below for examples of what is being offered). D.I.Y Installation, or Have us Handle it Luckily, the installation process...


After decades of experience in providing reliable plumbing, electrical, and HVAC services, W.E. Brown is now expanding to include smart-home technology. While the idea of smart-home devices may be intimidating for some, Jay Taggart (President of W.E. Brown), sees this addition as a natural progression for the company. After all, they have been installing the first piece of smart-home technology in Americans’ homes for years– the thermostat. Your Home, Your Way Smart-homes are fully customizable, giving homeowners the ability to choose different technological enhancements that provide security, comfort, and convenience. Jay explained, “it is basically setting up your home in a way that accommodates your lifestyle. It can be as simple as having a wifi thermostat, or as complex as having a comprehensive security system. Clients will always have the option to expand their system later or adapt it to improve their lifestyle.”  What makes these enhancements truly “smart”, is that they are all fully integrated and controlled by the owner from one app. (See Diagram below for examples of what is being offered). D.I.Y Installation, or Have us Handle it Luckily, the installation process is quick and non-invasive. “Most sensors are surface-mount and wireless, with no drilling necessary unless customers prefer a built-in look. Electric installation is no different than changing a regular to put a smart one in.” While we are happy to install convenience items such as light switches and receptacles, we give customers the freedom to install them on their own. When it comes to client privacy, Jay explained, “once the system is set up, the customer maintains it 100% through their password protected app. All the video recorded by the cameras are only stored in the camera itself. W.E. Brown can install your system and help you maintain it, but we are not allowed to access it unless the owner gives us permission.” Is Smart-Home Technology for you? If someone was trying to make this decision, Jay would ask them, “what are things you do within your home on a daily or weekly basis that are repetitive? How many times have you forgotten to lock the front door or turn off an appliance? Many people would be surprised by the amount of time and energy they would save by having the ability to control and automate everything from the convenience of an app.” Soon after fitting his house with smart-home enhancements, Jay began to see these benefits firsthand. “My two teenagers can use a code to get in the door, so I don’t have to worry about them losing a key or giving it to someone. If the kids are coming home and we aren’t there, we have a camera that records the door when it is unlocked. From my phone, I can make sure my kids get home safely (and see whether or not they are bringing friends over). I have a friend who is really into cappuccinos, so he uses his smart outlet on a schedule to make sure his cappuccino machine is on and hot when he wakes up. Everyone is different, so they will have different things they find beneficial from a convenience, safety, and even energy saving perspective.” Why Use W.E. Brown for your Smart-Home Needs? Unlike other companies using general handymen, W.E. Brown uses trained, licensed professionals with experience in plumbing, electrical, and HVAC services. All of these systems go hand-in-hand with smart home technology, so we know how to make sure everything is installed correctly that your system is operating at peak efficiency. We provide the benefits of a hybrid system by offering both safety and convenience related products. We certainly do not want to sell something that forces customers to use us because they have to. We want customers to use us because they want to. This is why we are giving our clients the freedom to self-install. At the end of the day,  we are committed to our client’s happiness and satisfaction with the product itself. Finally, we have been around since 1922 and stay true to offering exceptional customer service. We stand behind everything we offer our clients, meaning we will give them the same warranty as our other products, resolve any questions or issues, and take care of their systems in the long run. If customers decide to buy smart technology from us, they have a level of security knowing W.E. Brown will be here to support it over the years moving forward.”

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After decades of experience in providing reliable plumbing, electrical, and HVAC services, W.E. Brown is now expanding to include smart-home technology. While the idea of smart-home devices may be intimidating for some, Jay Taggart (President of W.E. Brown), sees this addition as a natural progression for the company. After all, they have been installing the first piece of smart-home technology in Americans’ homes for years– the thermostat.

W.E. Brown portraits. Photo/Andrew Shurtleff Photography, LLC

Your Home, Your Way

Smart-homes are fully customizable, giving homeowners the ability to choose different technological enhancements that provide security, comfort, and convenience. Jay explained, “it is basically setting up your home in a way that accommodates your lifestyle. It can be as simple as having a wifi thermostat, or as complex as having a comprehensive security system. Clients will always have the option to expand their system later or adapt it to improve their lifestyle.”  What makes these enhancements truly “smart”, is that they are all fully integrated and controlled by the owner from one app. (See Diagram below for examples of what is being offered).

D.I.Y Installation, or Have us Handle it

Luckily, the installation process is quick and non-invasive. “Most sensors are surface-mount and wireless, with no drilling necessary unless customers prefer a built-in look. Electric installation is no different than changing a regular to put a smart one in.” While we are happy to install convenience items such as light switches and receptacles, we give customers the freedom to install them on their own. When it comes to client privacy, Jay explained, “once the system is set up, the customer maintains it 100% through their password protected app. All the video recorded by the cameras are only stored in the camera itself. W.E. Brown can install your system and help you maintain it, but we are not allowed to access it unless the owner gives us permission.”

Is Smart-Home Technology for you?

If someone was trying to make this decision, Jay would ask them, “what are things you do within your home on a daily or weekly basis that are repetitive? How many times have you forgotten to lock the front door or turn off an appliance? Many people would be surprised by the amount of time and energy they would save by having the ability to control and automate everything from the convenience of an app.”

Soon after fitting his house with smart-home enhancements, Jay began to see these benefits firsthand. “My two teenagers can use a code to get in the door, so I don’t have to worry about them losing a key or giving it to someone. If the kids are coming home and we aren’t there, we have a camera that records the door when it is unlocked. From my phone, I can make sure my kids get home safely (and see whether or not they are bringing friends over). I have a friend who is really into cappuccinos, so he uses his smart outlet on a schedule to make sure his cappuccino machine is on and hot when he wakes up. Everyone is different, so they will have different things they find beneficial from a convenience, safety, and even energy saving perspective.”

Why Use W.E. Brown for your Smart-Home Needs?

Unlike other companies using general handymen, W.E. Brown uses trained, licensed professionals with experience in plumbing, electrical, and HVAC services. All of these systems go hand-in-hand with smart home technology, so we know how to make sure everything is installed correctly that your system is operating at peak efficiency. We provide the benefits of a hybrid system by offering both safety and convenience related products. We certainly do not want to sell something that forces customers to use us because they have to. We want customers to use us because they want to. This is why we are giving our clients the freedom to self-install. At the end of the day,  we are committed to our client’s happiness and satisfaction with the product itself.

Finally, we have been around since 1922 and stay true to offering exceptional customer service. We stand behind everything we offer our clients, meaning we will give them the same warranty as our other products, resolve any questions or issues, and take care of their systems in the long run. If customers decide to buy smart technology from us, they have a level of security knowing W.E. Brown will be here to support it over the years moving forward.”

The post Smart-Home Technology: Customizable Security, Comfort, and Convenience. appeared first on W.E. Brown.


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