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Top 4 Mistakes of DIY Smart Home Installation

top 4 mistakes of DIY smart home

Top 4 Mistakes of DIY Smart Home Installation

Top 4 Mistakes of DIY Smart Home Installation 900 540 Bigstar Smart Home

Homeowners with some home improvement expertise assume that smart home automation should be a fairly simple process. Especially considering the availability of plug-and-play devices that are cheap and easy to setup. Unfortunately, many homeowners learn too late that too much money and time was spent on a system that doesn’t work as intended. Read about why you should consider using a contractor for your smart home automation by clicking here.

Top 4 Mistakes of DIY Smart Home Owners

Before purchasing your own smart home equipment for a weekend project, consider the mistakes with a DIY approach. Read about the Top 4 Mistakes of DIY Smart Home Buyers to avoid making the mistakes yourself.

#1 Not having a plan

If you don’t have a plan for your home automation, don’t buy the latest smart home gadgets. Homeowners often buy miscellaneous sensors and bulbs, only to realize it’s not compatible with other devices, or purchase systems that just simply end up unused.

A professional smart home installer scopes out your goals with automation, home layout and determines the correct amount of devices required. More importantly, they create a compatible ecosystem of connected devices that are easy to use or make life easier.

#2 Not properly installing components

Depending on the type of devices you’re looking to set up, there could be significant skill involved to make sure everything is installed correctly. Simpler plug-and-play devices are certainly available for purchase. However, some dimmers, light switches, and smart home thermostats need electrician experience to function properly.

If you don’t know what you’re doing with connecting security systems and automating appliances, it could lead to damage of your home, even injury. Unless you’re confident in your home repair, wiring and installation skills, it can be better to call in a pro.

#3 Buying non-compatible devices

Smart devices sold to consumers may not communicate together with a larger system. For example, some sensors only work with bluetooth while other gadgets require a proprietary gateway. Additionally, each of these systems may have their own individual apps or remotes to control a different part of your smart home. It’s incredibly inconvenient to sign into and manage different applications to complete various home automation tasks.

Most fully integrated smart home systems require a smart home hub to connect all your devices. Homeowners looking to install a whole smart home system may not realize that more technical accessories are required to fully integrate and effectively operate a smart home.

Once a professional contractor understands how you want your automation to function, compatible systems can connect them to a single application. That way you won’t have to download an excessive number of apps to your phone or keep track of different remotes.

#4 Not considering extended installation time

Homeowners want smart home features for a reason. For some it’s security, for others it’s to save energy and reduce utility bills. With a long list of other home improvement projects waiting for time and attention, attempting a smart home install may just end up as another delayed home improvement project. Hire a professional to get it done quickly and done right.

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