31 Mar Home Remodeling and Home Theater Installation
Call this Part Two of “Why you should install your home theater during construction or renovation of a home, and not after.” I was blogging about this topic recently, and want to give you some additional reasons to consider if you’re building or renovating a home and trying to decide when call in a professional home theater installer.
One compelling reason to install an entertainment system during construction is for future proofing your house. Future proofing ensures you will have plenty of capacity for the entertainment, audio video, and data needs of tomorrow. When the walls are open, as they are during construction or renovation, you can run spare cat6 data wire, RG6 Quad shield coax, speaker wire, and other assorted cables to any location that may require future connectivity. Wire/cable chase ways can be run from the basement to the attic in key locations to allow additional wire runs to be easily installed after the construction of the home is completed.
One final reason for installation of a custom system during home construction is the sheer efficiency of the integrated approach. When you consider the labor costs saved, the eliminated need to open walls or for work-around issues that weren’t anticipated or accounted for during construction, it’s huge. The savings on home theater installation labor and wire costs is often 50% or more when compared to a comparable retrofit home theater system installation.
After 35 years of experience in this industry, I believe that the best formula for success for custom installed home entertainment systems is to take advantage of the open walls and ceilings in a large scale renovation or brand new home. Hire an a/v specialist. Agree on a specific system design. Pre wire for that specific design application plus add future proof wiring as well. Once you move in to your beautiful new home, the a/v company will deliver and install all the new flat screen HD TV, home stereo speakers, and associated components, calibrate and program the system, and turn the universal remote over to you for years of daily enjoyment. Stop by PAC-NJ and we can explain more about installing home theater systems, and how we’ve helped our clients in Saddle Brook, Basking Ridge, and throughout northern New Jersey bring state-of-the-art entertainment systems into their homes and their lives.