Whose Responsibility Is It?
Is it the home builder’s responsibility to provide smart home options in today's homes? This is the big question today as the market is to reach 65 Billion within the next 5 years. What if your home is five or ten years old and has no real amenities as far as automation goes? Has it been wired for security, multi-room audio, fiber, or at least category 6 to all video locations? Is it wired to accommodate central distribution source components? If you answered no to any of those, the value of your home could be much less than an older home with these options available, this is something you need to be aware of as the smart home tsunami approaches. This might seem trivial right now but ask yourself this, can you buy a car today without power windows? Truth is, in reality, would cost you more to get manual.
How many of us today own a smartphone? How many own a smart TV? Or how many own a smart automobile? I think you get the picture. What’s next, I think it’s obvious, smart home technology is, in fact, one of the fastest growing industries in the world right now. Many have this miss belief that wireless is the answer? Is it? Are you aware of how congested our wireless airways are today, how about as our population grows and every person has a cell phone? It's like I tell people every day, wireless is a solution, not an option over hard wired.
Any good integration company that has been around for at least ten years knows what it takes to get the proper wiring in the home at a minimal expense. Today, with the right integrator, every home built no matter what price point, spec or custom can be smart ready for less than a cup of coffee. So, if you are thinking about buying a new home or building ask yourself this, does the builder offer any smart home amenities. At the very minimum, the biggest purchase you will ever make should be at least, smart home ready.