Things to Consider When Selecting an Integrator
Published August 18, 2021

With technology in the home becoming increasingly popular, it’s important to make sure your smart home and audiovisual technologies are integrated together with other sub-systems for maximum efficiency and simplicity. A custom integrator, otherwise known as a custom installer or low voltage contractor, can design, install, and manage your low-voltage, and even some high-voltage, projects. Hiring a custom integrator is a great way to make sure you get the best return on investment and enjoy your technology and entertainment for many years to come.

 

Here’s what to consider when choosing an integrator:

Know Your Budget

In a new construction project or major remodel, product and installation costs will likely total around 4-10% of your home’s value, however minor projects generally will be less. It’s important to select an integrator during the early stages of a new build or a remodel to avoid running out of budget or causing delays in your project build cycle. 

 

An integrator can also offer value adds to the architectural and construction team since they must work with most of the trades at some point during the project. Most importantly, they can help you create a budget up front based on your needs and ensure your goals are met at the end of your project. 

Consider Your Home and the Project

It’s important to hire an integrator who specializes in working with homes similar to the size and value of yours. You can get references from past clients or ask to see some of their previous work for similar projects. The larger the home, the more complex your project is likely to be and it’s important to hire a company that has the experience. 

 

Knowing that your integrator is capable of a project to your scale will relieve stress. In addition, an integrator who provides a range of services is your best option, so if there’s a new project you want to take on, you won’t have to go looking for another professional. 

 

Assess Your Needs

There’s a good chance that your integrator will be back after the installation to update your smart-home, or audio video system as new technology emerges, so make sure you have a good relationship with their team. 

Consider Your Home and the Project

It’s important to hire an integrator who specializes in working with homes similar to the size and value of yours. You can get references from past clients or ask to see some of their previous work for similar projects. The larger the home, the more complex your project is likely to be and it’s important to hire a company that has the experience. 

 

Knowing that your integrator is capable of a project to your scale will relieve stress. In addition, an integrator who provides a range of services is your best option, so if there’s a new project you want to take on, you won’t have to go looking for another professional. 

 

Assess Your Needs

There’s a good chance that your integrator will be back after the installation to update your smart-home, or audio video system as new technology emerges, so make sure you have a good relationship with their team. 

Whether you want to install a home automation system, home theater, lighting control system, security system or any other low-voltage type of system, an integrator can help you design, install, program, and maintain your technology. Integrators are cost-effective, help prevent system failures, provide industry expertise, and help enhance your home’s value and the lifestyle of those living there.

 

If you think it’s time to bring an integrator into your home, we hope that you’ll choose ETC. Contact us to learn more about our products and services, and how we can help you with your needs.

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