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Whether you’re looking for a new home, or planning on building one from the ground up, new technologies can make life cleaner, easier, and safer. It’s not quite The Jetsons yet, but we’re getting closer every day.

Touchless Faucets
Slicing raw chicken for a pasta dish or crumbling ground beef for taco night. Adding a fresh coat of paint to the den. Planting new bulbs in the flower bed. 
There are any number of jobs around the house that require dirty hands. And there are an equal number of uncomfortable ways to turn on the water to wash your hands so the chicken/paint/dirt doesn’t get all over faucet, too. Maybe using the top of your hand if it’s a lever-controlled faucet, or applying the wrists if the faucet is operated by knobs. The call of duty may even fall further down the arm to the elbows if hands are really messy.
However, with a touchless faucet, a light touch or a simple wave of the hand replaces all that contorting with one simple movement. Not only does this keep the faucet itself clean, but hands-free control can even reduce water usage. Add a touchless soap dispenser, and you won’t have to touch anything ever again… well, except for those dirty dishes.
Smart Refrigerators
With new technology, looking for something to eat while “refrigerating the whole neighborhood” will become a thing of the past. A couple of magnets may lose their job, too.
*The Samsung Family Hub (TM) refrigerator, complete with a wifi-enabled touchscreen on the door, will let homeowners see what’s in the fridge from another room, make a grocery list and even keep the family schedules up to date. It can even help set the mood during dinner.
The Family Hub has three built-in cameras that take a picture whenever the door is closed. These images can be seen from your phone (with the proper app), which can be handy when you’re at the grocery store and wonder if you need more milk. Although, if you have kids, you probably always need more milk.
The touchscreen can also be used for virtual sticky notes, a calendar, a weather station, and a clock. Never miss a soccer practice or be caught off guard by an upcoming recital. And, with compatible wireless speakers, the Family Hub can stream music from Pandora or TuneIn Radio. Listen to a nice concerto during dinner or funky pop during family game night at the kitchen table.
And now that you don’t need to open the door to see what’s available to eat, dad will have one less thing to pester the kids about.
Knock Knock… (you already know who’s there)
The touchless faucet and smart refrigerator help inside the home - now it’s time for the doorbell to do some work outside of the home.
Equipped with a video camera, a video doorbell will allow you to see who’s at the door from your phone. Speakers let you to talk to visitors and delivery people, or discourage potential burglars. Although professional installation is preferred, particularly handy homeowners can install video doorbells. Just make sure the wifi signal is strong enough to reach the front door.
Some smart doorbells even act as a security device, recording any motion happening outside of the door at any time of day. Cloud storage of this video is available in certain models for up to 30 days as well.
These are just a few of the advances in home technologies that make life a little easier and safer for today’s homeowners. Sadly, a mass-produced Rosie the Robot Maid is still a few years away.
Kyle Greenwood is a writer and representative for Evergreen Homes NW, an experienced builder that maximizes the potential of each square foot and is dedicated to providing quality, value, and customer satisfaction every step of the way in Clark County, WA.

Moving With Pets

Moving can be an anxious time for us humans, so imagine how it feels for your pet. Pets are capable of feeling stress and anxiety similar to humans. So when it comes to moving, it is best to keep your pets in mind. While there may not be a fool proof plan that will work for every kind of pet, here are some tips to make the transition go a little bit more smoothly.

Is it pet friendly

This should be your first step when deciding where to move. It can have all the amenities you could hope for, but if it is not pet friendly, you're left with the choice of finding a new place or giving away your companion. Another thing to take into consideration is if your new space has enough room for your pet. For instance, the same place that may be good for a cat, might be inadequate for a dog.

The vet

When you're deciding to move, it is always best to think ahead. Before you leave your old home, check in with your pet's veterinarian. The vet may provide you with recommendations on a local veterinarians or what to look out for in your new neighborhood that could put your pet's health at risk. You should also ask for your pets medical records and refill prescriptions.

Before you move

Pets need time to acclimate to new surrounds, which could include a crate or car if you're moving long distances. In these scenarios it is best to try and get them adjusted by introducing these new environments early. Have the pets sleep in crates days before the move to help them get used to feeling. Create a pet-bag full of their favorite snacks and treats to keep the comfortable during the ride as well.

On the actual moving day, keep your pet away from all the motion going on inside the house. Place them into their crate or send them to a friends. This will keep them from getting unnecessarily scared amongst all the commotion going on during the move.

Moving day

When you're moving in, keep the pet isolated from all the noise being created. This is another attempt to keep the pet calm. Before you introduce them into the home, make sure you "pet-proof" the home. Remove any hazardous materials lying around, place electrical cords in safe places, make sure that all windows have been secured, and cover any nooks where they can get stuck.

Once the home has been pet-proofed, start taking your pet room by room. Place all their toys and treats in one room, so that they will recognize that room as "home base". While giving them the tour, keep some doors closed that you don't want them to go in to. Soon enough your pet will acclimated into your new home.

Oceanfront Real Estate and Global Warming

With the constant rise in temperature, comes the unavoidable rise in sea level. If you live near the shore or are considering purchasing beach front property, it is necessary that you keep the issues that face our planet in mind.

Data presented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) shows that 39 percent of Americans live on the coast; this includes moving close enough to just see the water.

Despite was some may say, global warming is a reality. It causes floods that cause structural damage to businesses as well as homes. Shoreline erosion causes our beach towns to become smaller which then cause the construction of massive seawalls. This not only puts a big eyesore right between the streets and the shoreline (which becomes nonexistent once a wall is built), but it also destroys the homes of organisms who once lived on or even near the shoreline. By the year 2100, the oceans are predicted to rise by nearly 6 feet and is clearly starting to permanently affect our coastal areas.
If you are looking to move to a beach town, make sure you take the necessary precautions to make sure the area you are looking into will be affected minimally or completely unaffected. (This would obviously be ideal).  According to Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization, “You can zoom in to determine how high sea levels would need to rise in order to affect your home or neighborhood.”
When looking for ocean real estate, keep in mind that every block counts.
Have any advice for people looking to move closer to the waterline or even advice for those who already live in beach towns? Share your experiences in the comment section.

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