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Home Theater Services Costs
When it comes to building a home theater or renovating, consumers generally have two choices. Some manufacturers sell all-in-one packages that enable the ease of making a one-time purchase and having everything that is needed to create a superior audiovisual experience in the home. However, many people prefer to avoid the all-in-one packages and purchase each component of their theater system independently. Whether choosing the combined or separate method of purchase, home theater installation involves the wiring of expensive merchandise. Therefore, many people choose to hire a professional to provide the installation service.
Select Your Home Theater Project
Hiring a Contractor
Home theater contractors are skilled in construction as well as electronics, like surround sound and audio components. There are many contractors that specifically work in the areas of home theater remodeling, construction, and design. Clients may present a firm with their idea of how they would like their home theater system to look and features they would like to include. The firm can then design an entirely new system from scratch, including furniture. In the case of clients who need to upgrade or remodel an existing system, firms are able to create a new setup based on existing equipment that can still be used while incorporating new purchases to replace outdated components. Simply replacing old furniture and upgrading obsolete technology can be a way for existing home theater owners to save money by avoiding the expense of totally replacing their entire setup.
When choosing a contractor, consumers may use the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) as a reference point. The CEDIA is comprised of members who specialize in the installation of home electronic systems. With a website that provides information on what to look for in a home theater contractor and as well as a database of local certified professionals, the CEDIA is a valuable resource for consumers who have limited knowledge about the process of home theater installation.
Despite deciding to hire a professional, there are still many opportunities to save money throughout the home theater building and renovation process. Consumers who have DIY construction knowledge and experience may wish to complete certain phases of their project on their own. In this case, the contractor should be informed of which aspects are planned for DIY and which will require professional completion. People who are comfortable with purchasing their own audio and surround sound electronics may save money by eliminating the need for a contracting firm to make product purchases. This enables the client to shop around for sales, discounts, and deals when buying the electrical components that the contractor will later install.
Choosing to hire a professional installer to complete a home theater project is usually the best choice. By hiring a contractor who specializes in theater installation, homeowners can ensure that their wiring will meet the local legal requirements and the overall job will be done correctly the first time. However, consumers should definitely shop around when comparing contractor rates and consider completing aspects of the project themselves that can be done without the help of a professional.
Last updated on Nov 15, 2013