We are thinking about moving to a new home, and I have some questions regarding our smart home setup during showings and when we move.
Most of the setup I plan to take with. SmartThings Hub, lights, buttons, sensors, etc. that are not hard wired into anything (I tried installing some smart switches but there are too many wires in the boxes and I could not get any to fit and still work) will definitely go with. However, I do not necessary want to switch out all of my smart bulbs for regular while going through this process, but want to make certain that potential buyers can turn on the lights when touring our home. Because my wife was a bit reluctant about using an app or talking to the Google speakers to work the lights, I made a point that each room that has smart light bulbs also has at least one light fixture that still works by the switch (except the deck actually, I just realized all of those are now smart bulbs), but I’ve placed covers over other switches to make sure they stay in the “on” position for smart bulbs. What have others here done with your SmartThings setup when showing your home to potential buyers? Is it as simple as explaining to your realtor that’s why some of the switches are covered or do you maybe provide instructions on how to turn them on?
On a related note, but not SmartThings specific, I also have a couple things hard wired into the house; my Ecobee thermostat and Nest Hello doorbell/camera. I figure that some people may like those things to remain, and they may not even be compatible with the wiring in the home we ultimately move to (we are looking at homes that were built in the 20s/30s or earlier). I’m leaning toward leaving them and then determining what will and will not work in the new home and simply buy new. But, if I do that, are there any potential security issues with leaving the doorbell/camera and/or thermostat behind? Will doing a factory reset and removing those devices from my account be enough to protect both us and the folks that buy our house?