Are Your Clients as Smart as Their Homes?

Posted by By Cheryl Savit, Marketing Coordinator for Audio Video Design and Amy McFadden Interior Design on 24 July 2017 | 0 Comments

Think that “smart home” still means something coming in the future? You might be surprised to learn that clients today want smart home technology now. In a recent Houzz survey, smart home projects were up since 2013 with a greater openness on the part of homeowners to invest in smart home tech.

What exactly makes a house smart?

  • Lighting
  • Shading & Window treatments
  • HVAC
  • Security & surveillance
  • Networking & computing
  • Telecom (intercom, telephones)
  • Automation programming
  • Integration platforms

smart home 4Although people talk a lot about wireless this and wireless that, the reality is that wires are required! And the best time to wire a home is when the walls are open for remodeling, or virtual on an architectural plan or building scheme.

So if you’re not having the conversation with your clients about what their smart home technology needs are, you’re missing the boat and a huge opportunity to provide state-of-the-art customer service.

Partner with a Pro

Most homeowners don’t expect the architect, interior designer or builder to know all the ins and outs of technology, especially since it changes often. Partnering with professional residential integration company is the way to go – an expert in making all of the separate systems work together.

Your clients want the shades to open and the lights to turn on at a pre-set time but have the ability to change that with the touch of a button on their smart phones or tablets.  They are concerned about energy efficiency and having smart HVAC systems makes a big difference. They want music to follow them from room to room or even outside.

Good home electronics firms know the products to specify and have the design and installation teams to make it all work well for your clients. They will collaborate with you and your clients to make their houses just as smart as you are!

There are several EM NARI members who specialize in smart home technology, entertainment, automation and integration. Connect with one and learn what you need to know. 

IMAGES: All images reposted with permission from Audio Video Design. Source, PC Magazine.

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