3 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Smarter

You might have heard it through commercials or from one of your friends — smart home technology is one of the fastest trends at the moment.

These little gadgets provide you with convenience, protection, and everything in between. Many real estate agents encourage homeowners to install these items into their homes to increase their property’s appeal and value. However, the process of making your home smart can be a little daunting. Therefore, the following list includes three tips to make the process of turning your home into a smart home that much easier.

Know What Needs To Be Done

There is nothing worse than going over your budget or wasting time because there was no plan set for the installation process. Thus, it is imperative to understand what needs to be done before calling in the professionals. You must make sure that there is always constant and open communication with not only your family members but the people doing the job. It means having a detailed plan regarding when the installation must begin, the deadline, and of course, the specific areas that must be taken care of. Taking the time to plan things out, knowing what needs doing can make the process that much easier on yourself and the workers.

Stay Out Of The Installers Way

Unfortunately, home improvement projects such as this will need you to rearrange your daily life for a few days a week. It’s essential to make some adjustments to your regular schedule. It is especially crucial for families with a large number of family members or children present. Any home improvement project, especially one that requires the handling of electrical components, is going to pose a risk. Communicate with your installers and your family often to make sure that each rarely come in contact with each other.

Have Products And Materials Ready

Having the necessary tools and products on hand is crucial to completing your project on time. It is essential to coordinate the arrival of all your smart devices with the installers. Failure to do so can not only push back the completion of your work, but it can also lead to rushed installations and, thus, shoddy work. You want your home to be improved, so it pays to take the time to do things right.

There’s no doubt about it; adding smart features to your home is a great thing. Not only can your property value rise, but it’s also providing you with added convenience. However, the process of making your home smart can be frustrating. It is vital to adhere to the tips above to have a smooth and adequately done installation.

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Prewire installation calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for ALL home automation technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including 'future-ready' wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home. The wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring, not for electrical.
Prewire pricing will vary based on exactly what features you would like in your home. Read this article about the importance of wiring/cabling in today's "wireless" world. Your local Smarter Homes integrator is the best resource for exact prewire pricing. Wiring budget is for low-voltage wiring only, not electrical.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's automation technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of network products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system and installation within the home.
Higher-quality sound or higher-grade architectural finished speakers can range from $5,000.00 to $10,000.00 PER ROOM
Basic background music system pricing ranges from $1,500.00 to $5,000.00 per room including all equipment, labor, and programming.
Range includes video sources such as AppleTV, a Blu-ray player, satellite receiver, and remotely-locating them for best aesthetics. A basic soundbar is included for better audio.
This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location/room.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time.
The installation of a lighting control system reduces wall clutter, allows preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increases security through programming automation, and adds convenience.
Motorized shades add beauty, convenience, address privacy concerns, and can be used to save energy. If desired, provide your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. The higher-end of the budget range includes higher-end fabrics, large windows, and dual-roller shades (both sheer and privacy shades on one window).
For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lighting automation, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the entire house through a single unified app that controls all the automation systems within the home?
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