Smart budgeting for a smart home

James Baird
By James Baird
Smart homes make the most of internet connected devices that are integrated together, to allow the management and monitoring of systems remotely.
Smart budgeting for a smart home
They can provide you with convenience, such as putting the kettle on from the warmth of your bed, to security, by viewing your CCTV feeds on your mobile device wherever you are in the world, as well as adding comfort and energy efficiency perks.

If you’re thinking about making your life easier at home or the office, you’re probably wondering where you start with budgeting…

The breakdown

Most automation projects are mainly split between the cost of hardware and the cost of installation, along with other smaller elements such as the planning or any ongoing costs.



Typically, the labour and installation element of an automation project will take up the largest chunk of your budget, with hardware coming in at a close second. Of course, every building is different and each project we undertake is bespoke to your individual needs, meaning that the typical budget split will not be the same for everyone.

Being experts in the design and installation of home and office automation, part of our costs goes towards the thorough planning and design. We’re here to provide our experience and offer solutions you may never have thought of, as well as advise on the systems that best fit your budget and specification.

Cat 5, 6 or 7?

Cabling infrastructure provides the backbone of your smart system, so choosing high quality cabling will pay off in the long run.


We would recommend using Cat 6 cabling, due to its data transfer capabilities and resilience, but Cat 5 and Cat 7 also have their advantages, such as being more economical or enabling a higher bandwidth.

Timing

The earlier you can start the planning process, the more cost effective the project is likely to be. It's best practice to have your solution planned out before the first-fix stage of the build, if you are starting from scratch. If your building is already wired and you want to fit your system retrospectively, then there are always wireless options available.

Planning in advance will also allow you to think about what features you’d like to include, such as an ‘All Off’ switch by your front door, turning off all the lights in the building and setting the alarm on your way out. Or you may want to incorporate scenarios, such as ‘Relax’, which would dim the lights and play your pre-selected playlist of chilled music.

Other considerations

We offer bespoke maintenance and support aftercare packages – for us, it’s not just about the installation. It’s about making sure the systems we install continue to perform long after we’ve finished on site.
We know that deciding to go ‘smart’ should not be a hasty decision, but when you’re ready, we’re here to help. Please get in touch with our team today for a complimentary consultation or site visits should you wish to have an indication of cost.
 

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Meet the MD: James Baird

Meet the MD: James Baird

"James Baird has been inspired by the integrity his grandad and father displayed, as he has navigated his career through being an electrician, starting his first business in electrical services and his current business, Dynamic Networks Group."