Why I’m finally building my own smart home after years of waiting

How “smart” you can make your smart home is directly related to how much of your home you actually own. A renter can buy a smart speaker, but outside of playing music and answering questions about the weather, Alexa or Google Assistant won’t do much for you when you can’t install anything permanent without kissing your security deposit goodbye.

Even if a landlord would let you wire in a smart thermostat or install a smart lock — not likely — why go through the trouble when you’ll probably move somewhere else in a couple of years? Why spend money putting down roots when the earth beneath your feet is still shifting?

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