We know the standard answer to the question in the headline: Because itâ€™s cheaper. But is it really?
Now, if youâ€™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 youâ€™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 youâ€™re probably not a professional whoâ€™s done what youâ€™re doing many times over, and who knows all the ins and outs and potential pitfalls.
And then thereâ€™s the old adage that â€œtime is money.â€ 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 arenâ€™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. Theyâ€™re known as â€œcustom integratorsâ€ and they do nothing but install automation and entertainment systems in homes.
You might not have heard of these folks before, and youâ€™re not alone. We are using the term â€œcustom integratorsâ€ but these professionals are also called â€œelectronic systems contractors,â€ â€œcustom installersâ€ and other terms. Itâ€™s definitely not as easy as saying, â€œI need a plumber,â€ 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 â€œcustom integratorsâ€? Because they keep up with all the latest technologies, most of which, unfortunately, do not â€œplug and play.â€ They personalize the hardware and software in an automation system specifically for you and your needs. Theyâ€™ll ask you questions about how youâ€˜d like to use your system and what youâ€™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. Theyâ€™re not using the DIY products from places like Home Depot and Best Buy. Theyâ€™re using products and components to which they have exclusive access. Theyâ€™re also heavily trained on these products and often receive full certifications regularly, similar to an electrician. On your own, itâ€™s like youâ€™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. Itâ€™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 symphonyâ€¦ until heâ€™s all finished and hands the baton to you.
So find your local custom integrator today, and soon youâ€™ll be enjoying that beautiful home automation music.