Laura Hubbard: Building a new home is exciting. It's also one of the biggest investments you'll make in your family's future. A lot of focus is based on floor plans, appliances and decor, but many home owners overlook adding technology to the plan. A smart home will help ensure that your home is ready to grow with your family and help retain your home's value for years to come.
A smart home is a home that connects all its electronic device and automation systems to create one controllable network that provides users with greater convenience, security, entertainment and energy savings. This includes your audio and video entertainment, lighting and window treatments, security systems, smart phones and computers.
Just as you think about how many buttons you want in your home, you should also think about what's important to your family's lifestyle. Is energy efficiency and savings important? A security system that can monitor any time, a home office or entertaining, today you may need a nursery, in the future that nursery may become a home office or a teenager's room that needs a TV and Internet connection.
Structured wiring helps ensure that your home has a technology infrastructure that is well-equipped and flexible to grow with your family and to the future. It is an affordable insurance policy for your home.
Not sure if you have budget for a smart home today? No problem, properly structured wiring gives you the option to add home technology down the road without the cost of future wiring.
When building your dream home, it's important to make sure it's tech ready. Talk to your home builder about your desire to have a smart home. He can recommend a Custom Systems Integrator to work with you to make sure your dream home can meet your family's technology lifestyle today and in the future.