You are a professional home builder or are just
building your new home yourself.
Either way, you are counting on your subcontractors to help educate you
& your clients regarding your low voltage options.
Here lies the first problem
Mistake # 13
an Electrician To Wire Your Home For Low Voltage
don't mean to offend anyone. Perhaps you might even be using an
electrician right now.
I have nothing against Electricians personally, in fact...I am a
licensed & certified (Non-Practicing) electrical
Years ago, the only low voltage options builders had for new home
- TV jacks
- Phone Jacks
The only thing that made business sense back then was to have
your electrician run the phone & cable TV wire. (I ran more than my share when I was an
Unfortunately, phone & TV jacks are not the only low voltage
items going into today's modern new homes.
Over the years, I have interviewed any electricians about
handling "Today's Low Voltage" requirements. And you know what?
They feel uncomfortable dealing with them. They consider
and cable a necessary evil to tackle as part of their wiring process.
In fact, considering all of the service calls related to phone
They just rather not deal with it.
Even if you have an electrician that seems to be doing a good
You Know That They Need To Pass a Grueling Test
& Be Certified With A Special State Low Voltage License?
would be surprised how many licensed electricians that are pre-wiring
for phone ,cable TV & security …
Are NOT state licensed card carrying low voltage contractors.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Mistake # 12
A Security Company To Wire Your For
this is definitely a step above using an electrical contractor, do you
really want a company that specializes in home security to be designing
your home theater system that you may be investing thousands and
thousands of dollars into?
Do you want a certified security
& installing your home for:
Distributed Whole House Audio?
Hanging your $3,000 plasma TV over the
fireplace & wondering if it will fall?
Integrating the lights with Movie
Mistake # 11
installation of Cat-5 phone & Data Wire
you imagine having DSL internet access & still having slow dial
up service speed?
That's what happens when these two things are overlooked:
Did you know that installing your
phone / data wire with the incorrect pulling tension can decrease your internet speed drastically?
you know that incorrectly untwisting the wires in the box when hooking
up the phone jack will murder your down load & surfing
That leads us to…
Mistake # 10
Running Individual Home Runs
For Cat-5 phone & TV Jacks
believe how many electricians are still running their TV &
lines in a "Daisy Chain" fashion. Simply put, instead of
an individual "homerun" wire from the panel to the phone or TV
To save a few bucks on wire, they jump from phone jack to phone jack or
TV jack to TV jack in a loop wiring pattern.
You Do Not Want This Wiring Method
it may save some time & a buck or two.
But think about this:
Imagine, you are about to email a client about an important matter. You
turn on your computer & its flashes:
Internet Connection Available"
run to another room to use a computer there, only to find the same
Internet Connection Available"
turn on your laptop, but it isn't working either.
With your detective hat on… you pick up the nearest phone,
there is no dial tone. Every other phone in the house is dead as well.
Frantically you call the local phone company. (On
your cell phone) . The best they can
do is send a tech
out in a few days.
The eventful day arrives, and you have to stay home from work without
pay. They promise to be there between 9-12:30 that morning. They arrive
late as expected somewhere around 4:45 that afternoon.
With anticipation you eagerly await for them to tell you that
everything is working again, when they drop the bomb that the "problem"
is in your house & that you need to call the electrician.
your phones & TV jacks are wired in "Daisy Chain"
Fashion…So when one goes out…
Everyone after that one goes out.
That's right, one cut in the wire at the front of the first phone
jack…Means no service for anyone.
But don't worry, its nothing a few cut holes won't fix.
Mistake # 9
Installing A Structured Wiring System Panel
few dollars many people run all of their phone & TV cable wires
the outside of the house instead of installing a structured wiring
system panel inside the home.
Imagine having the ability to:
- Change phone numbers to different phone jack locations?
a phone line to a dedicated fax line?
a phone jack into a phone/ Data port?
a Hard wired computer network without having to cut any holes in the
- Network closed circuit Video cameras that
can be watched on any television screen ?
These are just a few of the benefits of a structured wiring center, not
to mention the added perceived value your home offers to
home buyers that may have a home business.
Mistake # 8
Pre-wiring For Security System
hard to believe that this still happens. But its true.
People think they will worry about it later.
The problem is that they are left with costly retro installation , not
to mention the drywall repairs.
The other option they are left with is to use a "wireless"
system, that is not as reliable &
lot more expensive.
Mistake # 7
Pre-wiring Windows Correctly &
Voiding Manufacturers Warrantee
signed up a new builder because of this recently. The home owner sued
him because the previous security company drilled out the vinyl windows
caused water to stain the inside of the painted wall under the window.
- They voided the window manufacturers
warrantee because of incorrect drilling. And worse of all...
- That's right...this led to mold damage
inside the home.
The windows will need to be replaced.
Wet Drywall & insulation tore out.
What an expensive lesson to learn for the builder.
Mistake # 6
Pre-wiring For Surround Sound
mean my new home is not pre-wired for surround sound speakers in the
That is frustrating question I hear over and over from new homeowners.
But that is not as frustrating as the next question:
"Why didn't my builder pre-wire it before? It would have been so easy
to do it before the drywall".
The only recourse is to string speaker wires all over the floor,
setting up tripping hazards not to mention worrying about your
expensive equipment being knocked over!
The other option is to cut drywall
Mistake # 5
Pre-wiring Correctly For Plasma or LCD TVs
Over The Fireplace
You are excited as you uncrate your brand new 42' plasma. You just know
its going to look great over the fireplace.
You spend hours mounting & securing it.
You then go to hook it up and… Oh no.
Where are you going to put the satellite box & the DVD player?
Are you going to balance them on top of the fireplace mantel?
No the mantle is far too narrow and it looks way too tacky.
Its back to cutting holes & pulling wires again.
Mistake # 4
That Do Not Design A Detailed Map
Of Your Homes Wiring Locations
you are in your new home and are ready for your extras to be trimmed
out and finished.
The technicians arrive clueless. They can't remember exactly where the
speaker locations are. No one took the time to draw & log a map
your wiring locations that remain hidden behind the drywall until you
are ready to use them.
You here them whisper:
"Are they here...or maybe over here.
Lets cut a hole over here & see if we can find them."
Mistake # 3
An Audio Video Company That Charges A Low Introductory Rate...Then
Raises it...And Raises It Again
is one of the biggest complaints we hear.
"So and So" only
charged us $$$. So we gave them all of our work.
The fact is that we here at A.D.S.
Home Technologies lost
a few builders to "So & So" for this very reason.
Then came their price hikes. First a 50% increase in 6
months. And then another hike 6 months later.
Needless to say, most of the builders that left because of price, have
come back home to us.
Mistake # 2
Audio Video Company That Charges A Low Pre-wire Rate & Then
Overcharges & Ticks Off Your New Home Owner Clients
we picked up a new Custom Home Builder.
Would you like to know why?
& So", his
former Audio Visual Company, totally
ignored the home
theater budgets of the new home owner & pushed a system that
cost over $100k.
This turned a client who was ready
to buy a $15k
system, into a extremely irate customer who felt taken advantage of.
The client went back to the home builder & complained.
this wasn't the first time he heard this before. Such strong armed
tactics produce nice commission checks for sales people...but do not
build long term relationships between the home builder , the client
& the home technology subcontractor.
Mistake # 1
Teaming Up With A Professional Home Technology Company WITH…
A Local Showroom To Educate your Prospective Buyers
having a low voltage design consultant offering a complimentary walk
through to your pre-sale clients. Imagine how special your
clients will feel as they get to pick & choose the locations of
phone, cable , data & speakers.
Your clients will be educated on the positive & negatives of
upgrades that they might be interested in. How they pay for these is up
to you. They can pay directly for all of these extras, or you may
choose to have them roll them into the loan with an extra percentage
tacked on that we can negotiate later.
Finally they are invited to our showroom where they can play with all
of the latest gadgets & toys that are available...without any
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Honestly ask yourself if any of the frustrations I speak of here
resonate with you as true
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Flowery Branch, Georgia
Theater Atlanta GA