How to Budget for Smart Home Technology

At Smarter Homes of Austin, we’ve created a budgeting and pricing tool to help you develop a better plan for the anticipated costs of your smart home feature.

Budgeting Isn’t Just Planning What You Intend to Spend on a Project, It’s Also an Inventory of Everything That You’ll Need to Complete Your Plan.

At Smarter Homes of Austin, we’ve created a budgeting and pricing tool to help you develop a better plan for your smart home.

Our new budget planning system will do more than estimate your smart home project. It’s simple to use. First, choose the components you’d like installed. Then, send us a diagram of your home and we’ll map the best solution for your installation. It’s that easy. We’ll meet with you at your home to complete a thorough walk-through and submit our quote.

Budget Calculator

When embarking on a new home build or remodel project, the fuzziest budget item for most homeowners is typically for the home’s technology systems. The Home Technology Association has created the first and only Home Technology Budget Calculator that will give you a high-level overview of what you should budget for the following technology systems:

  • House Music

  • House Televisions

  • Home Theater

  • Media Room

  • Alarm System

  • Security Cameras

  • Wi-Fi / Network

  • Telephone system

  • Lighting Controls

  • Motorized Shading

  • Home Controls (smart home)

Create your Budget

Budget Tips

The budgeting tool will by necessity give a fairly wide range of installation budgets due to the many different product offerings available and differing labor costs throughout the country. Use this as a starting point for discussions with HTA Certified dealers in your area. Also, use this tool as a check-and-balance when reviewing proposals from technology integrators you are considering.
Click here when you are ready to start your budget plan now.

If you want to see the smart home features in action, we offer a one time free tour of our smart home model. Call 512-775-6101 to arrange your tour.

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*The calculated home technology budget range you will receive will includes parts, labor & accessories (Tax not included)
(a round number is OK)
Numerous structures on the property: Dock, Casita, Guest House, Barn, Gate etc. Check all that apply.
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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