Earlier this year, my wife and I closed on our house in Houston. While she's a previous homeowner, this is my first go-round. And I'm lost. Part of my uneasiness is leftover PTSD from seeing my savings account slashed by a cashier's check, but most of it stems from knowing that everything within those walls is my obligation.
Since October, I've been trying to find a company that can fix something in my home, before it got too cold. It was easy to find companies that would sell all new equipment and install. However, I am looking for someone who would also provide estimates for repair, as I believe the largest and most expensive components are salvageable; it's the supporting pieces that are in disrepair.
The idea that household appliances need Internet-connected capabilities has always seemed over the top. The products are finally becoming practical. However, before these technologies become mainstream the industry will need to address a major issue: Can they convince consumers that these devices are secure and non-invasive?