3 Smart Devices to Improve Your Home

Consumer Reports likes these upgrades to make your home smarter - a smart thermostat, a video doorbell, and a keyless lock. We did the cost data and compare how much it costs to install them yourself compared with hiring a contractor.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton

Timeline for Buying a House

The experts at Consumer Reports, the non-profit membership organization, looked at the complexity and benefits of making some smart home upgrades to improve the value of your home. Here’s a look at some of them. Use the link to compare the cost of doing the job yourself with hiring a contractor. Add your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live.


1. Replace your thermostat with a smart model.

Cost to Install a Programmable Thermostat

Cost to Install a Self-learning Thermostat

2. Protect your home with a video doorbell.

Cost to Install a Security Camera

Cost to Install a Wireless Video Intercom

3. Install a smart lock to secure the front door.

Cost to Install a Keyless Lock

Cost to Install a Keyless Deadbolt Lock