The smart home concept is a great thing: It allows us to automate things from lighting to temperature, make video calls while we prepare dinner, and get answers to questions instantly. In its current state, it has one fatal flaw, however: The smart home is not really meant to move.


  • What to know about moving smart home gadgets
  • What to do about lost QR codes?
  • What to do with permanent smart home fixtures?
    • Should you leave smart home gear as part of the house?
  • What about privacy? How can you wipe data?
  • Moving your smart home
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What to know about moving smart home gadgets

Think about it: Some of us have literally dozens of devices including lights, thermostats, robot vacuums, speakers, security cameras, wireless alarm systems, and more. How would you go about removing, relocating and reconnecting all those devices to Wi-Fi in a new house if you ever need to move? On the surface, it sounds daunting.

Use of adhesives in smart home products

Some smart lighting, in particular LED strip lighting like that from LIFX, Philips Hue and Govee, attaches with adhesive tape to the underside of cabinets, the back of TVs, headboards, and even bathroom mirrors. Does that mean you can’t take it with you?

It’s possible to remove adhesive with the right product — Goo Gone comes to mind — but it could leave a mess behind that requires painting, patching or touch-ups and only adds to your moving checklist. In the past, I’ve used 3M Command adhesive strips as opposed to the sticky tape included on smart lights to stick them into place, and this allows easy relocation if necessary.

So while taking your adhesive-backed lights with you this time might result in some minor repairs, when you move to your new place, consider less permanent installations (including staple-style clips), particularly if you’re renting. To the manufacturers of smart home products: How about some less permanent installation options instead of gluey tape?

Philips Hue thankfully offers clips for installing some of its smart strip lighting, while Nanoleaf was one of the original smart light manufacturers that shipped its flat LED light panels with Command Adhesives in the package, so props to them.

What to do about lost QR codes?

Some smart home devices employ scannable QR codes found in the manual or on the package to connect them to an app; think Apple HomeKit devices in particular. To use these devices and add them to the necessary apps, you scan a photo of the QR code and then the app automatically adds the device. What happens when you lose that paper code?

In some cases, the code is also reprinted on the rear or bottom of the device. And fear not: There’s usuqlly a way to manually add the device using a serial number or Near Field Communication (NFC) if that paper becomes hopelessly lost.


Use your move (or just the initiative after reading this article!) to create a binder or accordion folder where you can stash all your smart home manuals, warranty cards — and those all-important QR codes.

What to do with permanent smart home fixtures?

What do you do about smart home devices that are installed more permanently? Things like a Nest Thermostat, Ring Video Doorbell, or even a Samsung Frame TV?

In most cases, there’s no expectation that you leave a TV behind, though if it’s big and unwieldy enough, you might want to see if the new owners are interested in negotiating its inclusion in a property sale. You will need to leave a thermostat, but there’s no rules that say it has to be a $300 smart one.

Realtors are a great resource here. Because some buyers may have an expectation that what they see in an open house or showing stays in the home, you might ask your realtor to spell out that certain smart home gadgets won’t be left behind, noting they would be replaced with more basic versions.

Should you leave smart home gear as part of the house?

For the most part, things like light bulbs are considered part of the property in the sale of a home. But what about smart light bulbs?

Smart light bulbs can be expensive; I have about a dozen smart bulbs throughout my home, and at a cost of about $20 to $60 (plus a hub in some cases), it’s not feasible to simply abandon them, particularly if it will then cost you hundreds of dollars to replace them.

Meanwhile, what are you supposed to do for the new owners? Invite them into your Philips Hue app? That’s not really practical. What is practical is removing all your smart light bulbs to bring with you and replacing them with regular light bulbs.

What if your smart lights are fixtures in the home? We installed a dozen Liteline Skye OnCloud connected downlights in our home following a renovation. Each is Wi-Fi connected and hardwired into the home, so there’s no taking those with us. But what will the new owners do?

私がそれを見るように、私は2つのオプションを持っています:それらのライトを自分のWi-Fiネットワークに使用して接続する方法を説明し、どのアプリ(Liteline SkyeがWiz Smart Home Portalを使用している)を説明するかを説明する手紙を残します。 Wi-Fiルータを残して、Wizアプリの管理者になるように招待してから、システム全体を引き継ぐことができます。私は価格の強いルーターを放棄しないので理想的ではありませんが、新しい所有者が彼らが進行した後、それぞれの光を自分のWi-Fiに再接続することは面倒です。誰かがより良い解決策を持っているならば、私は愛するでしょうそれを聞くために。


Wi-Fiルーターを後ろに残していることを検討している場合は、おそらく、ルーターがほとんど少ないデータを非常に小さなデータを保存するのを快適に見つけることができます。新しい所有者のために – あなたがつながっていると幸せなものを残すのをしています。スマートホームデバイスの後ろに残していることを検討している場合は、必ず自分のアカウントから各デバイスを削除して新しい所有者のために再接続する前にハードリセットを実行してください。


あなたが何を持ってくるべきかを決めたら – そしてそれはあなたの新しいDIGに安全に運ばれています – あなたはどのようにあなたのスマートホームを再確立し始めますか?あなたはおそらくあなたはおそらくすべてのアカウントのEメールとパスワードを覚えていることを含む大規模な悪夢を描く、そしてすべてのデバイスを再インストールする必要性を描いています。幸いなことに、これは必要ありません。




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