Automation Design + Entertainment Provides a Few More Points about What to Look for When Hiring a Custom Technology Integrator
3 (more) steps for choosing the right home automation professional
In our last blog, we discussed the variety of what constitutes “smart” home technology systems (including lighting and shading control, whole home audio and video distribution, home theaters and media rooms, energy management, surveillance, networking, video conferencing and much more), and said we’d be dedicating 2 blog editions to helping you find the right smart home expert.
In that edition, we presented the importance of starting with a plan, doing your research online, and recommended appraising the work of the firms with which you might be partnering. Again, if you live in the West Michigan area or beyond, we hope to have the opportunity to work on your custom electronics project. But, even if you work with someone besides Automation Design + Entertainment, we still want to make sure you are armed with the information required to make the best hire. Once you have a number of prospective integration firms, it’s time to dig a little deeper:
1) Do They Have Positive Reviews?
What are people saying about this company on sites like Google+ or HOUZZ? Look for comparable jobs from which you can determine the quality of work and if the firm met their expectations for budget, schedule and professionalism.
2) Test Their Knowledge
It isn’t just about installing equipment. They should identify your needs and expectations, challenges and limitations, and quote a price that reflects the budget you’ve established to achieve your goals (or show you how close to your goals that budget can get). Everyone starts somewhere, but you’d most likely prefer a home technology integrator that isn’t learning the job while working on your project.
3) Find Out Their Credentials & If They’ve Won Awards for Their Work
Are they members of CEDIA? The Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association requires members to show proof of insurance and proper licensing where required, as well as holding us to a strict code of professional ethics. Ask if they take advantage of continuing education opportunities. These are complex systems that can require changes based on a variety of circumstances. The firm of your choice should be knowledgeable and nimble, able to adjust to any challenge your project may bring their way.
Knowing that your project is properly designed from the start will help streamline the process for the best possible results. When you’re ready to take these first steps, be it in Kalamazoo or Grand Rapids, St. Joseph or Holland, South Haven or New Buffalo, bring in Automation Design + Entertainment for a professional consultation. Our experience shows that proper planning from the beginning helps to ensure a seamless, efficient and cost-effective process for any custom electronics project you have in mind for simple…elegant…entertainment!