Automation Design + Entertainment Wants You to Know What to Look for When Hiring a Home Automation Expert
3 (of 6) steps for choosing the right custom technology integrator
These days, “smart” home automation systems might include lighting control and motorized shades, whole house music and outdoor entertainment, home theaters and media rooms, game simulators, surveillance, networking, video conferencing and much more. Automation Design + Entertainment understands that the more these systems grow in scale and complexity, the more it is vital to partner with a home technology professional for proper system design and product specifications. This is why we’re dedicating our next 2 blog editions to helping you find the right home automation expert:
If you live in the West Michigan area or roundabouts, we hope to have the opportunity to work on your custom electronics project. But, even if you work with someone besides AD+E, we still want to make sure you are armed with the information required to make the best hire. After all, this isn’t the same as having a major appliance delivered by a crew who hooks it up and leaves with no intention of coming back. The right integrator will be in contact with you for years to come, with system maintenance updates and future upgrades. The question is how to know if that integrator is the right one, and how do you find them in the first place?
1) Start with a plan
Write down your wish list. What do you want to have done? How will you use the space? Do you want music to play throughout your home, with different options in each room, all through “invisible” speakers? Do you want cinema-quality viewing of movies and sports, and do you have the room to accommodate the best screen and projection system to make that happen? The more you know going in, the better prepared both you and the integrator will be throughout the job.
2) Research Professionals Online
Start with Google. Seek out several home technology firms. Make sure they’re a resource that can handle the entirety of your project (beginning to end). Your choice should be ready to design, engineer and provide documentation for all stages of your job, while collaborating with any additional professionals assigned to the work (such as an interior designer or electrical/mechanical contractors).
3) Appraise Their Work
While still online, look through their gallery of work. Do they have professional offices? If not, they should still have some way for you to determine whether or not they provide clean and thorough integration. It could be worth thousands of dollars to you if they’re not prepared to take your project to the next level.
Our next blog will discuss the importance of client reviews, an integrator’s knowledge of the technology industry, and accreditations (including awards). Be sure to stop by often for more information about best practices and technology solutions from Automation Design + Entertainment, for simple…elegant…entertainment!