When considering Home Automation, Smart Home, Multi-room Audio, Home Cinema and Home Security, foremost in most peoples mind is the cost. It’s certainly a question that gets asked fairly early on in the conversation when talking to customers. Answering that question is very difficult as there are so many factors that influence cost, not least the size of the house and the number of rooms served.
Take home cinema for example, you can spend £5000 or £50,000 + or anywhere in between. Both ends of the spectrum are still home cinema systems just with different components and features. When we meet with customers for the first time we always discuss budget pricing using our knowledge of previous installations. This enables customers to make informed decisions based on their priorities. When considering lighting and heating control it’s important to understand that installing this technology will change the way you wire your house so it is something that you have to commit to from the start of the project. Other areas such as multi-room audio and video distribution, home security and home cinema systems can be added at a later stage if the wiring is installed correctly. This ’structured wiring’ approach allows customers to delay the installation of certain parts of the installation until after the final builders bills have come in, safe in the knowledge that everything is in place ready for the installation.
So how much does it cost? Well here’s some examples:
Lighting control : £5,000 to £25,000
Heating control : £2,000 – £10,000
Structured wiring : £2,000 to £6,000
Multiroom Audio : £2,000 to £20,000
High Definition video distribution : £2,500 to £10,000
Security : £1,500 to £6,000
As you can see there is a massive range between the smaller and larger systems and that’s why we always like to meet face to face with prospective clients so we can ascertain their priorities and requirements first hand.