Why attempt home automation yourself when you can have a pro do it for you?

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We know the standard answer to the question in the headline: Because it’s cheaper. But is it really?

Now, if you’re an endless tinkerer and do-it-yourselfer, more power to you. If you like to fix your own plumbing and electrical, do your own landscaping, install your own cabinetry, pave your own driveway, or do your own taxes, we respect and appreciate that. Heck, you can buy a titanium replacement hip online if you’d like to install one yourself.

The question is, should you? While DIYing can seem to sometimes save money up front and be a satisfying endeavor, the fact remains that you’re probably not a professional who’s done what you’re doing many times over, and who knows all the ins and outs and potential pitfalls.

And then there’s the old adage that “time is money.” Would you rather spend the time and effort to do it yourself, or use that time to do fun or productive things while a pro handles the grunt work and does everything the right way?

In all kinds of situations, most people will choose the pro, but when it comes to home automation, they assume there aren’t any pros. Not true.

If you are the kind of person who will hire an accountant, a plumber, a landscaper, an interior designer, etc., we have news for you if you want a home automation system. There are licensed professionals who can install them for you. They’re known as “custom integrators” and they do nothing but install automation and entertainment systems in homes.

You might not have heard of these folks before, and you’re not alone. We are using the term “custom integrators” but these professionals are also called “electronic systems contractors,” “custom installers” and other terms. It’s definitely not as easy as saying, “I need a plumber,” and then looking up a plumber. But home automation manufacturers like URC make it easy to find custom integrators through their handy dealer locator.

Why do we call them “custom integrators”? Because they keep up with all the latest technologies, most of which, unfortunately, do not “plug and play.” They personalize the hardware and software in an automation system specifically for you and your needs. They’ll ask you questions about how you‘d like to use your system and what you’d ideally like it to do. And then they go about the hard work of finding the right products, and integrating all of that hardware and software into one network that is as easy to use and enjoy as possible.

Not only that, but custom integrators have access to time-tested, high-quality, proven products that the average untrained civilian does not. They’re not using the DIY products from places like Home Depot and Best Buy. They’re using products and components to which they have exclusive access. They’re also heavily trained on these products and often receive full certifications regularly, similar to an electrician. On your own, it’s like you’re buying a bunch of low-end car parts that you must put together to make a road-ready vehicle. With a custom integrator, you simply get the keys to a finished, sleek, high-performance Maserati. And as for the latest upgrades as you speed down the road? Yes, technology is changing every day. And they can cover that too.

Home automation is not a set of individual retail products that may or may not work together if you work hard at it. It’s meant to be a symphony, where all of the products connect to and work with each other. And the custom integrator is the conductor of that symphony… until he’s all finished and hands the baton to you.

So find your local custom integrator today, and soon you’ll be enjoying that beautiful home automation music.

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  • Tim

    I think with smart homes especially, there are a certain suit of products that work well together. Then there are some that just don’t. Personally, I like the research aspect of it – choosing the products that fit my needs, finding the ones that work, etc. But, you can bet that I’ll be calling someone to have them installed. My DIY talents have their limits.