After the property itself, a home automation installation is one of the most important investments you’re likely to make for your future, your lifestyle, and your loved ones.
So, naturally, you need to be 100% certain that you’re getting it right, and that means getting advice from those in the know.
It might be that you need guidance on which brands to opt for, or simply a little inspiration as to what’s actually possible with smart technology.
If you’re anything like most homeowners however, there’ll be one question that remains firmly at the top of your list:
How Much Does Home Automation Cost?
Today, we asked our expert home automation installers to answer that very question, helping you to create a realistic budget for your dream smart home system.
Go Bespoke For Better Value for Money
Whilst some out-of-the-box automation solutions do exist, they rarely offer customers the best value for money.
Because home automation packages often leave out certain essentials, meaning customers then have to pay extra to get everything they need. On the other hand, it isn’t unknown for out-of-the-box solutions to include things that some homeowners don’t need, so they ultimately end up paying for products that are of no use to them.
It’s this reason that a bespoke home automation installation is typically the best way to go.
That way, you know that you’re paying for exactly what you need; no more, no less.
Complete Home Automation from £20K Upwards
With that being said, it is possible to look at some of the most common types of installations to help you determine your home automation costs.
Most packages start from just £20,000, a low cost when you consider the added value a bespoke home automation installation brings not only to your property, but to the lifestyles of you and your loved ones.
Using this figure as a starting guide, let’s look at some typical solutions, and their associated prices.
Control4 Home Automation: Cost £25K – £75K
As with all the prices we’ll discuss today, the the £25K – £75K listed here should be used as a guide only, with the exact figure being determined by your specific requirements.
Still, Pro Install AV do offer this as a good example of what to expect when determining Control4 home automation costs.
The entry-level, £25K package includes:
- Video and audio distribution to four separate zones within your property, with a 5.1 surround sound system, plus satellite and aerial distribution.
- Heating and intelligent lighting control for 20 circuits is also included, whilst your home will be fully protected by a state-of-the-art, eight-camera HD CCTV system and wired security system.
As you’d expect with a premium system like this one, your home automation installers will make sure the whole thing is connected by a Control4 automation system, which allows you to control every aspect of your smart home from an iPhone or iPad device.
Networking and Wifi are also factored in here.
For larger homes – The £75K Home Automation Installation
Whilst the example above may seem like an ideal fit for some, those of you with larger properties may need a whole lot more to really get the most out of smart home automation.
In that case, Pro Install AV offer as an example guide the £75K Control4 home automation package, which essentially doubles (and in some cases, quadruples) many of the key features mentioned above.
This means that you could transform your home with:
- 16 zone Video & Audio distribution
- 16 camera HD CCTV system
- 40 circuit lighting control.
With this package, expect all additional features (such as surround sound, networking etc.) to be as listed for the £25K solution.
Crestron Complete Home Automation System: Cost £55K – £90K
Crestron home automation solutions have proven to be increasingly popular over the last few years, so of course, it pays to take a look at some example costs for this brand as a viable alternative to Control4.
For £55K, our smart home technology specialists estimate that you could enjoy a complete, whole home solution containing all of the following:
- 8 zone video & Audio distribution
- 8 camera HD CCTV system
- 40 circuit lighting control
- 1 surround sound
- satellite and aerial distribution
- Intelligent heating control.
The estimated £55K price tag here also incorporates networking and Wi-Fi, a wired security alarm, and of course, a next generation Crestron home automation system with iPhone/iPad control.
For an extra £25K, you could also double the amount of audio and video distribution zones, as well as the number of CCTV cameras, making Crestron the ideal solution for large scale luxury homes.
For an accurate quote on transforming your property with smart home technology, or for more advice on determining the cost of a smart home system to suit your lifestyle, contact the experts at Pro Install AV. Call +44(0)20 7096 0078 now, or get in touch online.