With Father’s Day just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about transforming your man cave into the ultimate relaxation and entertainment space. Read on for easy to implement man cave upgrades as well as information about how comps affect your home’s value and how to convert your space into a smart home!
9 Epic Man Cave Upgrades That Won’t Break the Bank
Whether you’re trying to spiff up your man cave or thinking about gift ideas for Father’s Day, here are some high impact options that won’t break the bank.
Bottle openers – You can rifle through a drawer every time you want to crack open a bottle or you can just install a wall-mounted bottle opener. Wall mounted bottle openers come in a wide variety of styles, so it should be easy to find one that complements your existing decor.
Kegerator – Adding a beer tap to your man cave doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars. As a cheaper alternative, use an old fridge and this online kit to create your own DIY version.
Liquor dispenser – Liquor dispensers aren’t just cool they also make it easier to access your alcohol. Buy a liquor dispenser online or find inspiration for your own DIY version on Pinterest.
Supercharge the Entertainment System
Television – The TV is the centerpiece of many man caves, and these days you don’t have to spend a lot to get a bigger, higher-quality screen. If your man cave doesn’t have a lot of windows or has good blinds, consider switching to a projector/screen for an even better viewing experience.
Sound – Have you ever considered adding surround sound to your man cave? Now’s a great time to invest in some audio equipment. Just make sure your setup will work with your TV, computer, and radio so you have the best audio experience no matter the occasion.
Internet – Having a dependable internet connection in your man cave is essential for online gaming and video streaming services. You can hardwire your set top box to your modem to ensure you’re covered if there is a network connection hiccup while you’re watching sports.
DIY Decor – The cool thing about man caves is that if you don’t have a huge budget, you can work in all sorts of repurposed items and they’ll still look right at home. A couple of cinder block end tables or a few old suitcases hung on the wall for shelving will make your man cave even cozier.
Lighting – Lamps and other light sources are a quick, easy, cost-effective way to add a personalized touch to your man cave. You can find or make lamps out of antlers, liquor bottles, musical instruments, or a variety of other materials. Whatever suits your style!
Video Games – An old school video game cabinet is one of the coolest features a man cave can have – and they’re not that hard to find. You can buy a video game cabinet for anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars or even build your own for a fraction of the price. Find out how here.
How Comps Affect Your Home’s Value
The comparable houses (comps) in your area can have a significant impact on your home’s value. Whenever someone sells a home in your area, the listing agent pulls a list of comps and puts them into a document known as a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) for the seller. A CMA is a list of homes sold in the area over the past 3-6 months. It is used to figure out the current value of your home based on comparable homes. A home may be considered similar based on size, number of beds and baths, quality, location, condition, etc.
When home prices are on the rise or investors renovate other homes in your area, increasing that home’s value, your home’s value will likely rise as a result. However, if the market is in decline, sellers do short sells, or banks start foreclosing in your area, it can have a negative impact on your home’s value.
If you’re interested in finding out how the comps in your area are impacting your home’s value, I can help! Not all the houses in your area are the same and it takes a trained real estate agent like myself to find properties that are a reliable representation of homes like yours. Once I’ve done that, I can create a CMA showing you how much your home could be worth. You may be surprised at how much homes like yours are selling for!
How to Choose a Voice-Activated Assistant
Smart home technology is becoming more accessible and more helpful than ever before. With the right technology in place, you can control anything from your slow cooker to your home security system via smartphone. To get started, you need to choose a voice activated home assistant.
Each home assistant has its own pros and cons, so figure out what’s most important to you. For example, Apple’s Siri is designed with privacy in mind. The data on your Siri devices will always be encrypted. That’s great, but it means that fewer smart home devices will be compatible with Siri.
Amazon’s Alexa is easy to set up and compatible with most smart home devices, but there are some issues with voice activation and may pose more of a privacy risk compared to other voice activated assistants.
Google’s assistant is probably the cheapest name brand option in the voice-activated assistant market, but it has fewer compatible accessories than other big brand options. There are also dozens of smaller brands available that are even more affordable than Google’s assistant.
Creating a smart home is great, but finding the perfect home is priceless. If you or someone you know is thinking about making a move, I’m here to help!