It seems like no matter where you live the price of apartment rentals is going up and up. With so many expenses in life, it’s hard to find a luxurious apartment for a reasonable price. Not to mention, when you don’t own your home, you’re kind of limited to what upgrades you can do to make your home feel like it’s actually in the 21st century.
Fear not though, because there are a ton of new tech upgrades on the market today that can make your life easier, while also being ridiculously simple to setup. You won’t even have to get permission from your landlord to do most of them.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when he forgets his keys. It’s happened to me probably too many times to admit, and it sucks when you have to get your superintendent to let you into your own apartment, or wait for your spouse to get home from work. Like seriously, it sucks.
Fortunately, there’s a smart lock you can install that allows you to unlock your front door with your smartphone! The Kwikset Kevo can save you so much hassle! No more fumbling for your keys while balancing shopping bags and a coffee, or on those days you forget them altogether. Once it’s all setup, all you have to do it tap it and it unlocks!
Kwikset Kovo can be purchased at stores like Best Buy, Amazon, Home Depot, or Lowes and usually costs around $200.
According to the National Crime Prevention Council, apartments are 85 percent more likely to be robbed than a house. However, a lot of security system companies and even landlords won’t let you install anything big or extensive in your apartment. Not to forget, some security systems are very expensive.
Fortunately there are a few simple, inexpensive options on the market today. Canary, a wireless home security alarm system, is an all-in-one indoor security solution that is perfect for apartment renters. It allows you to see what happening at home and take action from anywhere. One feature that’s pretty cool is that Canary automatically pulls contacts for police, fire and EMS closest to your home, while also providing video and audio evidence.
The Keen Smart Vent can help increase renters comfort while also reducing energy costs. This is perfect for those who live in apartments where they don’t have control over their own thermostats or for those who have roommates who prefer different temperatures in the home.
The Keen Smart Vent opens and closes the vent based off temperature of the room according to your customization. A few added benefits are the Smart Filters you can purchase separately that clips into your Smart Vent and provides air purification. They also offer a variety of designs to match any decor style.
It’s important to note here that they run off AA batteries and WiFi, so you’ll have to keep that in mind.
When it comes to living in an apartment, you have to be conscious of your noise levels while also dealing with limited space. Therefore, a lot of surround sounds are not ideal for renters. However, if you value good sound when it comes to watching TV or listening to your favorite songs, you might want to check out Sonos Play:1 speakers.
These compact audio speakers provide pure, clean sound that can fill any room, without being too loud. Because really, it’s more about the quality of sound rather than the volume. They’re also wireless and run off your WiFi connection, which makes them easy to set up and use. You can also control it from a single app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Smoke and CO Alarm
When I think back, I’m pretty sure my last two apartments didn’t even have a carbon monoxide detector. I also hated the smoke detectors in both apartments, which seemed to go off at the slightest bit of burnt toast or even a candle being blown out.
This is precisely why I wish I had known about the Nest Protect smoke + CO alarm. For just $129, you can easily set up this smart alarm and sync it to your smartphone. The Nest Protect has a few really cool features, like the Hush from the Nest app, which allows you to silence the alarm with your phone; no more smacking it with a broom handle before pulling up a chair to turn it off.
It can also alert you of any smoke or carbon monoxide on your phone, so even if you’re away from home you can be alerted of a potential house fire.
One thing my husband always checked whenever we were looking for a new place to rent was the shower-head. So many apartments have really old shower-heads with terrible water flow or awful temperature ranges. One of my apartments seemed to go from cold to hot, with nothing in-between. And if you rent an old duplex or triplex, like my last place, you might even have a shared water supply, meaning not only do you have to warn your spouse not to flush, but also you have no control when the neighbors downstairs do.
Mira Showers offers a full range of digital showers that give you complete control of both the water flow and temperature, all with just a touch of a button. Talk about luxurious.
These showers are pretty dang cool, but depending on your budget might seem a little pricey. Still, if you get to the point where you dread showering, it might be a good investment. Of course, this is definitely an investment you should consult the landlord about first!
Not all apartments have the best natural light, especially basement apartments or even if you’re on the wrong side of the building.
If you’re someone who enjoys waking up by a sunrise, but don’t have that option where you live, you can always buy the Philips Wake-Up Light alarm.
This alarm clock simulates sunlight, and even changes the color of the morning light from soft dawn reds to warm orange to bright yellow light. It’s the next best thing compared to an actual sunrise. Also included are seven natural sounds and FM radio, tap snooze and reading light, and a midnight light function.