Should you DIY your smart home or hire a pro?
Setting up a home is probably one of the most exciting things we know - everything we decide sets a tone for our day-to-day, and there's something really appealing about the idea of putting things together on your own and making things work.
But the truth is, DIY is not for everyone - especially if it involves home automation, which may be better left to the pros.
Here are some tips to help you decide if you prefer to DIY or outsource your home automation.
The first thing to ask yourself is, "Do I have the time and patience to tinker with technology?" Some people really like to work on their own home improvement projects, and they enjoy doing the research, window shopping, testing and so on. Many smart products in the current market are made user-friendly and easy to install.
However if it's a large house and you require sophisticated integration of all your smart devices, it is almost always better to consult a pro. There is a difference between being able to install your own gear, and getting a peace of mind with a much more experienced person taking care of your smart home.
The biggest advantage of hiring a professional is, quite literally, fewer headaches.
There will be so much research to be done, and you will not even know if your choice is the right one. What works for someone else's home might not work for yours.
Professionals would have tried several brands and products to determine which is the most suitable for your smart home's configuration. If your smart home hub does not work with a third party device, you would have to contact both vendors to sort out the problem. There's no glossing over this - there will be pain.
Most situations would not have dire consequences if done incorrectly (only more headaches), unless it compromises the safety of the home.
Smart home security systems can be as simple as a single-entry sensor alarm, or an advanced network that controls the entire range of security devices from security cameras to floodlights to motion sensors. If this system fails, the objective of creating a safer home backfires and cause more problems. In this case, a professional is highly advised to ensure that the system works.
However there are plenty of situations where DIY home automation makes sense. Here are some examples:
- You don't need a full "smart home" and only require some conveniences that can be powered by technology. Like having a voice-controlled entertainment system.
- You are a trained engineer, technician or love to be geeked out by gadgets. Tinkering with technology is basically your superpower and you love the sense of achievement for setting up your own smart home.
- You have a small budget, and you may want to slowly add smart devices to your smart home arsenal instead of spending on everything at one go.
If you are committed to own a smart home and want several systems in place, let a professional take this off your plate.
After all, it is undeniable that setting up a smart home requires a certain level of expertise, industry knowledge and even insider prices for automation systems with partner companies that help you cut costs in the long run.
Other than managing the entire project and making it fuss-free for future smart home owners, a professional will also be able to provide regular maintenance and technical support, and keep in touch to update you with the latest breakthroughs in smart home technology.
Feel free to contact us and find out if hiring a professional in home automation is for you. Give us a call at (800) 878-9705 for a non-obligatory consultation.