Starting Small, Going Big
First few days in a new space and building your smart apartment? Start slow, then grow.
Moving to a two or more bedroom apartment can be exciting, whether you're coming from a studio or one bedroom.
It's critical when you first setup your smart apartment figure a few things out.
Ask yourself a few questions:
Which voice assistant will I be using?
Will I be using more than one voice assistant?
Which smart home components will I need?
What does my network look like?
What is my budget?
These are questions you should ask yourself and/or your family when deciding how you want your smart apartment to look.
Plethora of choice
There is a lot of choice when starting out with smart home equipment and services, but the main thing in the beginning is start small .
When I moved to my loft in 2018, all I had was an Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, LIFX bulbs and a LIFX Z strip.
I had a Sonos Play:5 and Sonos Play:3 that I controlled using the Echo and Spotify which was enough; it was a one bedroom apartment with an upstairs and downstairs. There wasn't much to automate at that time.
It was fine for the beginning, but when I moved, I began to branch out and add more components and more services.
Below is a link to my Ultimate Smart Apartment KIT gear list.
It's taken me two and a half years to build up to all this but that was the best option and should be the best option for most renters.