As you can imagine, my house has some "features" that make it a tad special.
We are looking to move (to Wales of all places). Working from home works very well, and as such it does not matter much where "home" is...
The house we will be selling, probably in January, is a nice 5 bed house in Bracknell. In some ways I am not sure what to do with the "features". To the right buyer they are rather cool and worth it, so I thought I would list on this blog post and get comments.
The plan, sadly, is to "normalise" the house, meaning removing some features. But here goes - what should I try and keep and sell.
- Air-con - this stays as it is "normal". Four of the five bedrooms have air-con, and so does the man-cave. All the air-con is modern, already updated and replaced once even, wifi connected. Works really well for heating and cooling, and has proper planning permission. I have some nice sensors for temp and so on that work with it - open source code, but works as is.
- Playhouse/swings - these stay as also "normal", but it is a nice feature, and kids love it.
- IoT light switches - in one bedroom and man-cave and garden, Tasmota flashed. Most work the corresponding light so can stay, but some are blind (no direct powered light, using WiFi/mqtt to control other lights). I suspect they stay but diminished usefulness. A buyer can have all the IoT details to use them if they want.
- Fibre and network switches and WiFi. These could go with me, and fibre terminated. Or they could stay - A&A will be happy to run an internet link from A&A office in Bracknell, at cost (a few hundred a month) even if NAT, but could have a few IPs and some IPv6. If we do nothing, this just gets ceased, which is a shame. I could leave the WiFi APs, or take with me - even an external garden AP.
- ESP32 and Galaxy panel and Pi based alarm and door entry system, very cool. Happy to hand over logins, and the code is all open source. But default is we rip it out as not "standard", leaving bare alarm/PIR wiring in place for conventional alarm system install.
- Electric locks on the man cave - these would be changed to boring locks with keys. Even the front door has electric release on the lock which would go. Happy to provide the details and some fobs, for the keys (AES using DESFire cards).
- Lots of Ubiquiti cameras and recording box. Again, would go with me by default.
- Lots of Ethernet wiring - stays.
- The man-cave TV will have to stay - a 65" wallpaper LG OLED which is awesome, but hard to transport.
- The man cave is awesome, and the benches all fitted, and a bar. That stays.
- There are other cool features like nice mains pressure hot-water.