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Start Planning Your Custom Smart Home Solution in 5 Easy Steps [+1 Bonus!]

by Ann Ferguson

Have you ever wondered what having a smart home would look like? Not just the day-to-day aspect of it, but what goes into creating a smart home? There's more to it than simply picking out smart devices.

A custom solution provides intuitive control of all the technology in your home, from lights to entertainment to security to climate control. So, if you're wondering when is a good time to start thinking about your smart home, the answer is always! The more you know what you want, the more your smart home system can do!

And that's where we come in. As your custom installers, we'll guide you through each step!

1. Begin with a Consult

Couple smiling during a consultation

The first step towards your custom solution is a consult outlining the scope of your project. This is where you discuss what you want out of your smart home. Do you want the lights to be location or motion activated? Do you want never to have to worry about locking your front door?

During this process, you'll figure out how many rooms to include in your custom solution, what technology you'll need, and which smart home solution is ideal for your family and budget.

2. Designing the System

Once your custom installers have an idea of what you want out of your smart home, that's when the real work starts with professional designers and engineers. They come together to formulate a system that includes the technology you want with budget and time frames.

Every custom solution needs a well-thought-out design and plan as it makes the rest of the process easier. This plan includes the wiring infrastructure, hardware location, user interface management, and how to blend the equipment with your home design.

3. Managing the Project

People creating plans and blueprints

With the initial plan in place, the next step is probably one of the more important ones: managing the project. This involves setting clearly defined parameters for all those involved in your custom solution, such as architects, engineers, designers, and contractors. That's a lot of people and components to keep track of!

Luckily, custom installers are experts and understand each aspect of the required work, including which electronics brands will suit your needs best.

4. Installation

Person installing smart home hardware

After getting all your ducks in the row and approving all the final plans, the real magic starts — installation! Since every department has thorough documentation of the project, communicating with each other to make your custom solution happen is as smooth as butter.

Not only that, but every part of the installation is optimized with the latest standards and best practices, so everything is set to run perfectly. And they make sure to provide your home with a smooth, seamless look, so you don’t have to worry about the tech messing with your home’s design style.

5. Programming

Service tech programming smart solution

Of course, after everything is installed, there's still one more step to go — the programming. Having all the gadgets and doodads is no use without the proper programming. Every aspect of your custom solution needs to be able to connect and communicate with the smart home system to enact their automation. And the programming needs to be simple enough to maneuver, so you can make adjustments as needed.

But that’s where your professional installers come in. They will make sure the program is easy for you to understand and adjust from whichever smart device you wish to use.

6. Maintenance

Having a smart home is incredibly convenient, but it also requires a bit of maintenance to make sure everything runs smoothly. And since technology is constantly changing and improving, some installers offer to update your system if need be.

So long as your system is optimized, you'll never have to worry about technological snafus!

Get Started

Connected smart home

Now that you know more about what's involved in a custom solution, it's time to start thinking about yours! Do you want precise control over your home's climate? Do you want a security system that thinks for you? There are many aspects to consider when it comes to smart home automation. But if you're not sure what you want your smart home to look like, don't worry; Hi-Fi Systems has you covered!

Contact us today to get your consultation started! Our experts can't wait to help you achieve your dream home.