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1. A Foot in the Front Door > 14. Increase the Spousal Approval Factor

Increase the Spousal Approval Factor

Living in a smart home requires, at the very least, tolerance from your family or housemates. If they’re indulging your desire to create a home of the future, here are some tips for returning the favor by smoothing out some of the rough spots.

Not everyone in your household will be as enthusiastic about home automation as you are. That’s to be expected—everyone has different interests— but unlike some hobbies, automating your home has a profound impact on others. If it’s not done in a careful and considerate fashion, it can disrupt and bring frustration to a family’s ultimate retreat: their home. For this reason, and just for common courtesy, it’s a good idea to discuss your plans before you implement them. The results of some automation projects can be surprising, such as a talking house [Hack #28] , so it’s best to make sure you aren’t the only one who will enjoy them.


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