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Meet the Owner


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Meet the Owner


Meet the Owner & Founder
of Smarter Homes


 

Founder:
Pete Sandford

Peter has been in the Tech World since he was 14 years old and started working immediately with his local electrician as an apprentice to all things Technology.

Peter has been in the Tech World since he was 14 years old and started working immediately with his local electrician as an apprentice to all things Technology.

 
 
Pete Sandford noticed at a young age that Home and Business Technology was something most people were generally concerned about.
They weren't just concerned about purchasing the correct equipment or installing it the right way, but they were also afraid of the consequences for not having it at all. "Big Box" companies make their money on showing you the products they make the most profit on instead of identifying the opportunity to solve your problem long term.
Common Issues Included:
  • Home Audio Video Systems are Complicated

  • Fear of Break ins

  • Crashing Network and slow Wi-Fi

  • Cell phone calls dropping frequently

  • Large "nests" of non-labeled Wires in the home

  • Stolen Amazon Packages at the front porch

  • Kids not having governed Internet Access

  • "No Signal" Displayed on TV
    (During the Big Game)

  • Keeping up with the Jones's

It has become his mission in life to put Austin's mind at ease with his tailored maintenance plan and 24/7 customer service so you never feel alone in the world of technology again. 


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Smarter Homes 512-775-6101


Are you looking for an Experienced Custom Home Electronics expert in Austin?

Smarter Homes owner Peter Sandford has offered the very best Audio Video, Security & Smart Home Design, Sales,
Installation and Scheduled Maintenance since he Founded the company locally in 2006.

Meet The Owner
 

Give us a call

Smarter Homes 512-775-6101


Are you looking for an Experienced Custom Home Electronics expert in Austin?

Smarter Homes owner Peter Sandford has offered the very best Audio Video, Security & Smart Home Design, Sales,
Installation and Scheduled Maintenance since he Founded the company locally in 2006.

Meet The Owner
 

Give us a call

Believe in the process of a Concierge service

Buying a Turn-key System with Long Term Support VS. Buying Products with Individual Warranties

Shopping at the Big box stores looks like this.

Working with Pete and Smarter Homes Looks like this.


Picturing the process is crucial to understanding why it's important for you to choose the right company to work with.

*There are many factors and options to consider.


Meet Our Team

Colter MacKenzie (Systems Design), Casey Lee James Kennedy (Pre-Construction), Matt Hawkey (Configurations Design & Manager), Peter Sandford (Founder), Alex Brown (Post Construction), Andrew Mason (Programming & Maintenance)


 
Smarter Homes is located in Lakeway Texas on beautiful Lake Travis. We service all surrounding areas if the project qualifies our guidelines.

Smarter Homes is located in Lakeway Texas on beautiful Lake Travis. We service all surrounding areas if the project qualifies our guidelines.

 
 
 

Peter Sandford in Austin, TX on Houzz

 
 

Why Choose the Smarter Homes Team?

We show Love to our clients and their families Investment with Un-Matched 24/7, 24 hour Customer Service and an Annual Scheduled Maintenance visit every year after the project is completed to ensure your system and investment stays operating at the highest quality.


We challenge you to call our phone anytime. (Day or Night) 

We believe in a world where clients have access to technology experts anytime. Our clients say 9 out of 10 times we answer the phone and their questions on their first attempt reaching out. When we don't answer, its usually because we were helping another client at the time of the call.

High end customer service and scheduled maintenance is why our customers love us.

Shoot us a text message. We don't mind.

Have a question for the owner of the company?

Peter Sandford  512-785-0032 (cell)

Questions about your bill or estimate?

Colter Mackenzie in our design center: 512-949-9299 (cell)

Questions about how your system functions after the installation and training?

Contact Andrew Mason in Maintenance: 512-221-7499 (cell) or Matt Hawkey (Our Manager) 512-720-1022


THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT YOU COULD EVER GIVE US IS A RECOMMENDATION!
— Peter Sandford (Owner and Founder)

We’re really grateful that you’ve chosen us to be your technology experts. You can help us out as well as any prospective new clients by rating us and leaving a review! Thanks for your time and thanks for being such a loyal client year after year!


Austin is the Best City on Earth!

Technology enthusiasts of all types gravitate towards Austin Texas. It's hard to explain why, but we all agree that this city is pulling more and more people to it every year and the end result is increased new home building and existing home remodeling.


Our Home & Business Technology Services Include (but are not limited to) the following...

 

 

 

  • RAINWATER/SOLAR DATA COLLECTION

  • POOL/SPA CONTROL

  • PERSONAL CLOUD MGMT

  • HVAC INTEGRATION

  • VIDEO PRODUCTION STUDIOS

  • LIGHTING CONTROL SYSTEMS

  • NETWORKING AND WIRELESS

  • SECURITY/IP CAMERAS

  • STRUCTURED WIRING

  • SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

  • OUTDOOR THEATERS


 
We don't disappear after a sale. Join our Maintenance Plan and we come by every year and show you the latest and greatest added system features as well as give your home a tune up for another great year.

We don't disappear after a sale. Join our Maintenance Plan and we come by every year and show you the latest and greatest added system features as well as give your home a tune up for another great year.

What Kind Of Jobs Do We Normally Take On?

-New Construction projects from the ground phase.

-Large Remodels where most equipment is outdated but home is pre-wired or ready to be wired.

-Homes or businesses that have systems that are Ready to be Updated to have better speeds, features and reliability. 


 

What is the difference between "New Construction" and
"Retro-fit" Installation & Pricing?

 

"New Build" is Pre-Wired

 

with No Walls Installed.

In "new build" homes that are in the pre-construction phase or scheduled appropriately by your builder, the cost per wire drop is $35 to $50 (includes plates and termination.)

 

"Retro" Happens 

after Walls...

In homes that construction has already been completed, installation involves drywall work and dealing with insulation. This adds time to the project. In a "retro pre-wire" the cost per wire drop is $175.00 (includes plates and termination.)

 

Our Process

 

We Guarantee Our Services

It is very important to us to provide the best level service with the most reliable products and programming. In order for us to do that, we must provide and install all core components of your new system to ensure stability within our programming and configurations. Most of the time this means a major overhaul which is not expected.

We are sorry that we can not work on every system but we have found our designs and equipment to be much superior to the competition for long term success and functionality for years to come.


The work was completed on time and within budget
— Steve C (Yelp.com)

we Design for Everything to be possible

 
 
This company is incredibly professional. Recently had to do a service call and they were on time and as professional as the first time we first dealt with them. highly recommend!
— Ketan A. (Yelp.com)

These are the guys for you.
— Matt H.-Yelp.com

 


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The Possibilities are Endless


Smarter Homes can create shortcut buttons on your system to
control various items and features at once. "Party" and "Relax" buttons are only the start. We have created "grounded" buttons that will disable all wifi and electronics in the children's room until further notice. When you have this much control over the audio, video, wi-fi and security, the possibilities really are endless.

INTEGRATING SINCE 2006

The Possibilities are Endless


Smarter Homes can create shortcut buttons on your system to
control various items and features at once. "Party" and "Relax" buttons are only the start. We have created "grounded" buttons that will disable all wifi and electronics in the children's room until further notice. When you have this much control over the audio, video, wi-fi and security, the possibilities really are endless.

INTEGRATING SINCE 2006

Here at Smarter Homes we believe that in order to design a perfect integration system, it is important to remember that, "a failure to plan, can be a plan for failure." Which is why we design every job down to the last detail before the foundation is even poured.

We also provide every customer and builder with a set of color-coded design plans along with a line itemized room-by-room scope of work, (or SOW). This SOW will cover every aspect and feature that we will be working to achieve with your upcoming project. Soon you will be entertaining your friends and family with technology that also simplifies day-to-day life.


our systems are fully expandable

Common Additions from year to year...

  • Add a universal remote to an existing setup for easier daily use.
  • Add more Sonos music players to Play different songs in different rooms
  • Add smart locks and lights to Lock all of your doors and turn off all your lights from the comfort of your bed.
  • Add/Change shortcuts on room controls

FUTURE-PROOF DESIGNS


Colter M. is our Lead Project Designer. He works out of both our Austin Office and our Lake Travis Design Center in Lakeway Texas.

Here is Colter at our Lakeway Texas design center. He is spending his day researching  products and creating easy to read floor plans that explain technology in a clear and concise graphic.

Here is Colter at our Lakeway Texas design center. He is spending his day researching  products and creating easy to read floor plans that explain technology in a clear and concise graphic.

"A failure to plan, could be a plan for failure." 

-Peter Sandford (The Owner)

 

Here is the design plans for an Austin Texas home including whole home wi-fi, Music that plays everywhere in the home with independent volume controls for each room, TV setups that can either hide equipment local in each room or hide equipment in a central closet. 

After you arrive at your scheduled design appointment, look for the fishing cottage on the top of the little hill at the end of Stewart Cove (on right). If you are approached for help with parking, let them know you are here to visit Pete and Smarter Homes.


CUSTOM INSTALLATIONS

Our Installation Professionals are well-trained with all of the products we carry to make sure you get the best experience and education possible for all of your new purchases. Our Programmers are fully certified and can build custom designed layouts and fuctions that fit your lifestyle This is so we can satisfy the highest standard of quality, that we have set for ourselves, by taking responsibility of the internal programming as well. 


SCHEDULED ANNUAL MAINTENANCE

We are not just here before and during a sale. We are also here after the sale to make sure your questions and upgrades are addressed with as much enthusiasm as your original sale. All of our work and equipment is covered through our 30 Day Full Warranty. After that we offer Maintenance Plans to ensure your system gets the proper updates, inspection and clean up annually to keep your system and network running in the best possible condition.

 

- Monitoring internet/ network and Wi-Fi

- Updating firmware and software on all devices we installed

- Cleaning of equipment and wiring

- Checking remote programming and system speed

- Customer training on newest system features

- One bonus hour of crew labor (per year enrolled, a $200.00 value) for future installations on equipment upgrades.


What you want, how you want it.

 
 

It is not uncommon for a home owner or builder to need to reference what their job site looked like before dry wall was installed.

Builders and Designers used to use HD Photos to document progress but it became hard to tell what they were looking at EXACTLY from picture to picture.

And so the HD Pre-wire Video was Born! Every client and Builder gets one of these videos to show the completion of our work to reference at all stages of their project.


Our Brands


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Theater rooms Vs Media rooms


Austin home theaters and media rooms have become more
affordable than ever before. Even our builders can now include basic equipment in their spec homes without breaking their budgets.

Theater rooms Vs Media rooms


Austin home theaters and media rooms have become more
affordable than ever before. Even our builders can now include basic equipment in their spec homes without breaking their budgets.

Austin home entertainment, theaters & media rooms

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So many things have changed...

Its incredible how much the world of Home Entertainment and Theaters have changed this year. Equipment is getting more affordable than ever which means these products will reach a new consumer market that never existed before.

This Custom Built -9 Seat, High-End Theater Room shown above (first photo) Starts at $15,000.00 but can reach up to  $35,000.00 (Turn Key)

The Custom Mounted 65 Inch LG 8000 series TV with a SONOS 5.1 Home Entertainment package (second photo) is around $7,000.00 (Turn Key)

We are now in a world where quality is improving and costs are lowering, making technology more reliable and affordable than ever! 

 
 

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Invisible Speakers


-"I Love watching people walk around while they try and figure out where my music is coming from."

This product has a high "Wife Approval" rating.

Invisible Speakers


-"I Love watching people walk around while they try and figure out where my music is coming from."

This product has a high "Wife Approval" rating.

Invisible Speakers

 

Do you want high quality sound from your TV but get frustrated with bulky speakers? These in-wall speakers provide you with professional quality sound, but are placed virtually unnoticeably in the walls of your room. These speakers provide clear, high def sound and will open up space on your walls to improve the look of your room. When design is the focus, this is the best way to incorporate high quality audio into your space.

 
 

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Access Control


Access Control



smarter Access control for home owners and guests

 

Two Recommended Options:

1) Use a "DoorBird" brand doorbell if you:        a) Are properly prewired for a smart doorbell and                                                                         b) Have a gate or a door to unlock remotely.

 

2) Or use a "Ring" brand Doorbell if you:         a)  Only have traditional doorbell wiring and                                                                                        b) Have strong wi-fi strength at your front door.

 

Important to know...

(You may need to upgrade your wireless network range if your smart doorbell is too far from your network hot-spot)

 
 
Jessica called the police after Ring alerted her to a stranger casing her home. Police arrested two burglars shortly after. #AlwaysHome
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Access Control Technology Makes Life Easier.


With a smart doorbell you will not miss any more deliveries – because you will be informed right away when the postman rings. This innovative idea was developed by the Bird Home Automation Group located in Berlin and San Francisco. 

 


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Smarter HVAC


When installing a smart thermostat, it is important to only use licensed professionals. 

Smarter HVAC


When installing a smart thermostat, it is important to only use licensed professionals. 

Carlos came within the hour and fixed my NEST thermostat in about 15 minutes.... awesome I must say!
— David K. -Google

Air Comfort Systems has been a great resource for our customers. Its very hard to find an HVAC company with long term consistency and Integrity toward all sized projects.


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Commercial Audio Video


Commercial Audio Video


Audio Video Design, Installation and Service Plans for Business

Austin's finest bars, restaurants, hotels, condo buildings, conference rooms and sports arenas all have one thing they need to never fail. There AV system is the life blood that flows through their business as there money is being made.


Sports Bars Simplified

Twin Peaks in Irving Texas was quite the project with 39 Total Automated and fully controlled displays including 10 - 90" TVs around the bar itself. We had Savant take care of the programming and we were told this project was the first home run in a long time for them.

Twin Peaks in Irving Texas was quite the project with 39 Total Automated and fully controlled displays including 10 - 90" TVs around the bar itself. We had Savant take care of the programming and we were told this project was the first home run in a long time for them.

We suggest running your next high number display bar off of our multi-zone AV system that allows for total control of every TVs channel using an iPad or smart device. Also we can attach TVOn and TVOff commands to your security system status. (Alarm armed = All TVs Off.  Alarm Disarmed = All TVs On.) 

*Twin Peaks in Irving Texas

Distributed AV

The 360 Condo building in Austin Texas was Smarter Homes and Advanced AV Solutions claim to fame in 2008 and 2009. We were very busy completing the 284 pre-sold AV packages throughout the building.

The 360 Condo building in Austin Texas was Smarter Homes and Advanced AV Solutions claim to fame in 2008 and 2009. We were very busy completing the 284 pre-sold AV packages throughout the building.

 Lobby audio/ video, common area Wi-Fi, courtesy conference rooms, workout TVs, outdoor audio and TVs can now all be controlled and monitored by your concierge or maintenance team.

*280 AV Packges Installed: Austin 360

Conference Rooms

When your building or designing your next Austin Texas conference room, don't forget to discuss adding floor plugs and conduits as well as overhead future projector locations with the possibility to add full HD video conferencing at a later date without seeing or tripping over wires after the installation is complete.

When your building or designing your next Austin Texas conference room, don't forget to discuss adding floor plugs and conduits as well as overhead future projector locations with the possibility to add full HD video conferencing at a later date without seeing or tripping over wires after the installation is complete.

Conference rooms used to be hard to operate. Now just plug into any free port and press the picture on the control surface where you see the photo of where you plugged in. Finally, that happened!

*This photo is of a video wall BIM cave used to Bid on full scale highway construction projects.

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Alexa Control


Ask Alexa to play music from featured music services. Or pause, resume, skip or change the volume with all services available.

Alexa Control


Ask Alexa to play music from featured music services. Or pause, resume, skip or change the volume with all services available.

 
 
Alexa, Turn it up!
— Satisfied Customer
 
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Play and control your music, hands-free. Just ask.

Sonos One blends great sound with Amazon Alexa, the easy-to-use voice service, for hands-free control of your music and more. Use your voice to play songs while you cook. Tell Alexa to turn the volume up while you’re in the shower. You can even request a lullaby, out loud, when you’re tucking in the kids.

 

"Alexa, play something for cooking in the kitchen."
"Alexa, who is this artist?"
"Alexa, turn up 90s dance music in the den."
"Alexa, shuffle my favorites."
"Alexa, turn it down."
"Alexa, play something chill."

 

Our advanced home automation systems are able to control more than just music with Alexa. They have the option to add lighting, thermostat and even hot tub control to their Alexa controlled features list. The possibilities really are endless.


Testimonials


Testimonials


Customer Testimonials 

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Other reviews have said it and I definitely agree: Smarter Homes of Austin has great customer service! They always follow up and don’t stop until any issue has been solved to your satisfaction. They are all very nice people, easy to work with and accessible when needed. I’m not electronically savvy (understatement) but now feel that I can relax because Smarter Homes is there and on it!
— Meredeth Kamaguchi
Working with the team at Smarter Homes has been great. From start to finish they were very thorough in their assessment of the project, forthcoming with the costs associated with the project, and flexible in working through different ideas to meet my budget. Their work is excellent. From fit and finish between speakers and the TV to the overall networking of the house they do it all. I had a fairly large project with them and they completed it start to finish within only a few weeks. They took care of audio video, networking, Security, and cameras. Everything you need for smart home. Moreover the guarantee of their service is worth it. I also have taken advantage of their service plan, of which their maintenance in response has been awesome.
— Ray Duffy
First off, I am totally technologically illiterate. I found Peter on Nextdoor and reached out seeking help with cutting the cord from my cable provider. Within minutes he totally created a solution that I am very happy with moving forward and best of all I no longer have cable bills. He’s personable, professional and quick to respond to my text messages and questions. I would definitely recommend him to My family and friends.
— Bonita Griffith
We have been pleased with Pete and his team when helping us to choose a system for our media room. The equipment was top quality and his team stayed with us as we learned how to use it properly. We weren’t abandoned. We came back to Smarter Homes when we downsized. We enjoyed what we had so much that we wanted to make the most of our new situation and now find it a pleasure to have quality entertainment in our much smaller living situation. They are fair and professional.
— Patricia Corlett
If you want a smart home hire these guys! I had Peter and his crew first install outdoor speakers and a movie projector and screen in 2013. They were always available to walk me through the steps until I learned the system— even late on a Saturday night when I was hosting a birthday party. They have the latest and greatest technology but what really makes them stand out is their personal service. I have had them install smart televisions, computers, better WiFi, and security cameras since then and it truly is a pleasure to work with them. They are knowledgeable in their field and extremely responsive to any help I may need. If I ever build a house, I will definitely use them.
— amy coffman
Peter Sanford, owner and founder of SMARTERHOMES has provided me with outstanding professional knowledge and expertise in helping to get me away from ridiculously high ATT bills and paying only for those channels i want to watch. I get excellent reception without a cable box. He truly knows what he is doing and will explain things in a way that you can understand. He has empathy for us mortals who don’t really understand how all these “weird” things work. You will be glad if you contact him.
— Claudia Brewer
The people at Smarter Homes are simply the best! They designed and installed my home WiFi and multiple-tv system using multiple cable sources, and implemented a whole-house sound system that has a “wow” factor. Their service after the sale is also excellent - if there’s an issue, they come out promptly and correct it. I would recommend them to anyone who wants a professional system in their home or office.
— Alan Williams
Pete and his crew have helped me enjoy my dream system that they set up. from security to all the AV, i couldn’t be happier. their follow up is amazing and service after the sale is the best.
— Donny Covington
We hired Smarter Homes Austin after going thru a few AV companies. They fixed all the ills of the past installers and added great creativity to our project. Pete, the owner, along with his entire team are not just creative but kind and competent. I’m actually going to miss them now that our project is complete. Love you guys!!!!
— Lisa Weinberger
I recently moved into a new condo and wanted to have my audio and tv set up as streamlined as possible with central control from my ipad or computer. I contacted smarter homes and Peter came out to the condo and gave me an estimate and could have it all installed within days. They did great on the installation, everything was installed neatly including repainting walls and baseboards. They even matched the speaker covers to the wall color. And the job was completed within the estimate Peter provided. I love the Sonos sytem, everything works great. I can access music from the web or from my storage system that is connected to itunes and play in any room in the condo. I also have central control of my tv’s. I highly recommend these guys. They have great customer service.
— Cindy Demers
I had a TV and DVD player but nothing else. Advanced AV solutions designed a surround sound system for me that included indoor & outdoor speakers, receiver, ipod doc, and universal remote. Their prices for the hardware were as good or better than other retailers charged for the same equipment. But the value really came through Advanced AV’s service. They installed the entire system and got it working together perfectly. It is by far the most user friendly complete entertainment system I have ever seen, and looks and sounds incredible. Peter even came back on his own time to show me some advanced features with the system. I saved a lot of money over what I was considering buying before I called Advanced AV solutions (and I would have had to try to install that myself - I wouldn’t have stood a chance). I couldn’t be happier with the system, the service, or the price!!
— Chose to be un-named
I contacted Pete about a full home theater and speaker installation in 7 rooms at my house. Pete and his team did an excellent job coordinating the work, procuring the equipment and providing quality support at the end of the job. I am very pleased with Pete and his company’s work and highly recommend them.
— Chose to be un-named
To begin with, DO NOT begin construction on a home, office space or retail space without consulting Smarter Homes of Austin. Not only will you get the best results, you will save money as well.

I have used Peter and the gang on numerous occasions for sound, sight, lighting, etc and they always have the solution. My biggest regret is not using Peter during the construction of our home, the lighting, sounds system, and our home theater would have been completely different and much better. Even if you think you don’t have a problem or that improvement isn’t possible, you are probably wrong. Call Peter.
— Tom Parker
This review is about one year in the making. I first started working with Smarter Homes of Austin in the spring of 2013, when I had just purchased my home and wanted to retrofit it to become a “smart home”. One of the most appealing things at the start was the ability to have a consultation meeting and explain exactly what I wanted from my system without needing to dive into industry jargon. The professionals at Smarter Homes listened to my wish list, which was fairly diverse, and they proposed a system install plan that met my specifications precisely and within the budget that I had set as a firm limit. They were never pushy or focused on the dollars of the sale; their goal was to make my smart home dreams come true. And they delivered in spades.

Peter, Jeremy, and Andrew have a tremendous level of expertise in system design and integration, and the quality of their work showed from day one. Every aspect of the system was carefully planned, implemented with a level of attention to detail that I have rarely seen before. They do not use sub-contractors for their install work, so I was able to establish a relationship with my system integrator, not just be another faceless customer. I really can’t say enough how pleased I am with the amount of personal attention my project received; Peter and his team have been wonderful to work with over the course of the project.

The work was completed on-time and within budget, important factors for a large-scale project. But the area where Smarter Homes stands out from any other vendor I’ve worked with before is their customer service, especially after the sale and installation.

Any large-scale project retrofitting an existing home will have technical challenges, and Smarter Homes went above my expectation to iron out any wrinkles, be patient with me when I had to ask for changes to the original design, and to work to my complete satisfaction with any hardware or custom programming issues. Whenever a problem cropped up due to unforeseen circumstances, Peter and the technicians from Smarter Homes were right there, working day and night to figure out what needed to be fixed, replaced, or upgraded to get me to the system that I have today, which is exactly what I had envisioned.

If it were possible in a Yelp review to give six stars, Smarter Homes of Austin would have earned every one of them, and I eagerly recommend them for any Home Theatre or Home Automation project, large or small. You simply cannot find a better, more honest, more professional and more caring group to work with than Smarter Homes of Austin.
— Steve Cantrell
This company is incredibly professional. I highly recommend. I had a home theater system installed about a year ago. Everything went smooth: some minor glitches which was to be expected and were fixed right away. I felt like they offered a wide range of options depending on budget which was nice since this stuff can get expensive. Recently had to do a service call and they we’re on time and as professional as when we first dealt with them. Great company and team. Highly recommend!
— Katan A.
After being heavily disappointed with the customer service at a major home theater store, I started shopping around for another business to install all of the necessary equipment for my home theater. I went to Smarter Homes of Austin on Farwest Blvd, where I met Peter. Right away Peter was extremely knowledgeable and made recommendations based on what I was trying to accomplish. Peter and Jeremy came out a week later and personally surveyed my room making additional recommendations I greatly appreciated. They recommended placing all the the main in equipment in another location which allowed me to add an additional movie chair to the room. They also made recommendations on other equipment issues in other rooms of my house that I did the work on which they are in the process of fixing for me as well.

A week later, they came out and installed all of the equipment. It took them two days. They went above and beyond in my opinion, making sure everything matched the paint and double checked with me on certain things prior to installing. Even the electrician replaced all of the outlets so that they would match the room. When the work was done, the guys walked my wife thru everything and how to use it.

Jeremy came by at a later date and adjusted everything just to make sure it was all working correctly and to the best of the systems ability. A few weeks later, Peter came by as well and spent an hour with my answering any questions I had. I built a back row riser which I had added LED’s to and Peter was able to add the controls for these lights to the universal remote they recommended.

These guys are awesome and as mentioned earlier, I’m in the process of having them do additional work at my house. I’m so glad I came across them and I’m extremely pleased with the work they did and how my home theater room turned out. If you are looking for help with home electronics with personal customer service, search no more...these are the guys for you.
— Matt H.
Pete at SmarterHomes was great. I noticed their business on Far West and gave them a call to fix a remote system problem on our complicated home TV/surround system. He scheduled an appointment promptly, showed up on time,diagnosed the problem, and fixed the system for a fair price. I’m glad they’re in the neighborhood.
— Nina M.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Peter and Smarter Homes. He came out to my condo downtown, assessed what I had and what I would need in my new townhouse, and then went to the townhouse to map out the strategy. His team executed beautifully....wires nicely bound and hidden and everything works perfectly. If I have an issue (such as when I moved a piece of furniture and accidentally unplugged something), Peter had Jeremy out immediately to fix the problem. I am extremely pleased with their service and would recommend Smarter Homes to anybody needing anything related to stereo, TV, or entertainment systems.
— Patty D.
Smarter Homes goes above & beyond to assist their clients & perfect their services. Jeremy, in particular, is by far the most dedicated, honest, and knowledgeable service professionals I have ever had the honor to work with. His recommendations offered high quality at the lowest cost even though it required more time & effort on his part. He is a technical genius with the personality of a saint. Regardless of the problem, I will continue to call on Peter, Cortland, & Jeremy for all my technical assistance. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION.
— Laura M.
These guys did a great job with my surround sound installation, TV mounting, and AV components relocation. I’m really picky about things being placed exactly right (spacing, heights, leveling, etc.) as well as the working perfectly. They nailed it. Highly recommended!
— Jay B.
I am so fortunate I met these guys! If I wanted to cut my own grass, maintain the chemicals in our pool, tune our piano and service our cars, I’d probably want to become a technology expert too. At this point I’ve earned my nights and weekends! Peter, Smarter Homes guys: THANK YOU!!
— Seth R.
Professional, well-informed, service oriented, and VERY patient. I just hired them to do my second home, they did as good a job as they did on the first one. These guys really went the extra mile to drive to my new condo, and stayed after normal work hours to complete the job. We are very happy with our new technology. I recommend them every chance I get. They are wonderful to work with, deliver what they promise and really look out for their clients. They answered my (many) questions on how to operate my new equipment without making me feel like I was being a pest. These are for sure my go-to guys when it comes to any audio/visual equipment.
— C.W.
These guys were incredible. Fixed us up with what we needed. Came earlier than expected. They are incredibly professional and friendly. And our system sounds amazing. Also reasonably priced. I would recommend them without reservation.
— Bruce P.
Professional, reliable and available. I love these guys and have greatly appreciated the way they embraced me as a client and a friend. I’m a picky guy with high expectations and they graciously have come out to configure, reconfigure and fine tune to these standards. They know their stuff and have done the research to nail down the best products for the best price. No price gouging here. As local business goes they balance the size of their company with realistic expectations, late nights when necessary and they show up when they say they will. Thanks Smarter Homes.
— Les McDanial
Peter has done several TV wall mount installations for me over the last 4 years. I recently had them over for another installation and they did an outstanding professional job. I really appreciate that they were able to hide my cable set top box behind the TV where no additional equipment was required for the remote to operate correctly, which saved me $$. I will continue to call on Peter for all my A/V installation needs.
— Brian D.
I started using Peter and Smarter Homes to work on my home audio/video system over a year ago when the company that had done my work had gone out of business. I was concerned about making this change on an installation and system designed by others but Smarter Home stepped right in, surveying the entire system and making the necessary repairs and changes to get us in better shape than we had ever been. They have stayed in touch and even stopped by to tweak the balance between speakers and reach of our Universal remote system.
I strongly recommend them.
— Tim Neece
Peter and his gang have exceeded my expectations. Not only did they do everything they said they would (and more) when promised and for the budget, but they helped design a system for us that truly fits our needs.
— Ken B.
Peter and his team are awesome! Peter personally changed us from Time Warner to Direct TV with incredible ease, and was very thorough with his training and explanations of the system. And THEN, everytime I had a question or needed clarification he would actually answer his cell phone and walk me through it! I love having a non-1-800 number and a REAL person to help me! We are very pleased with our product and especially impressed with the service form Smarter Homes of Austin!!
— Becky H.
The staff is wonderful, the products are state-of-the-art, and the set-up was painless.
— Kevin L.
I was wanting to purchase a large screen TV (65 inch plus), Blu-ray player, surround sound system, etc. I started out talking to companies I found in the phone book, some big box names, and on-line. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I didn’t even know what questions to ask. And the sales people only wanted to sell me what they happen to have on hand. I then realized that what I needed was more of a “consultant” than a “salesperson.” When I first talked with Peter Sandford at Smarter Homes of Austin, it was readily apparent that he was a wealth of audiovisual knowledge and was willing to spend the time to help me understand the pros and cons of the various equipment alternatives. He was able to “translate” technical specifications into a list of benefits and costs that had meaning to me. Thanks to Peter’s knowledge and understanding of my needs, I was able to purchase an optimum suite of TV/stereo equipment while saving hundreds of dollars in the process. Peter exceeded all my expectations and I would recommend him and his staff anytime for any audiovisual challenge one might have. These are the people you want for your project. Five (5) stars!
— Bob S.