Q: What are the most important pieces of information homeowners can share with their home systems installer?
Make sure to clearly define your expectations for the final, completed project and be sure to write everything down to most accurately ensure the project's final outcome. If a client wants everything in the house automated or to have only a few devices, your installer will need to know that.
What, If Anything, Do You Currently Own?
If a client has electronic systems in his or her current home, what does he or she like or dislike about it? What would he or she have done differently?
A dealer will need to know who will be using the system and who will be the primary contact for the family in making decisions about the plan and installation throughout the project. Regardless of who will be using the system and who is working with the installation team during the design, the finished system should be highly intuitive so that even those who weren't involved in the design and installation process can easily operate them.
Many installers never openly ask what your budget is, so that they can design a high end system that will be harder to say "no" to after seeing its capabilities.. Knowing your budget is critical tells the dealer early on if the system you and your family expect is within your reach. If your budget is too small to meet your expectations, your dealer can help you prioritize your needs. One thing homeowners should remember when talking budget is that asking how much a home control system costs is like asking how much a kitchen costs - it varies dramatically, based on the products, materials and finishes that are incorporated.