How to Hire a Custom Home Theater Installer

by Mitchell Klein

The following article is reprinted courtesy of Audio/Video Interiors

Finding a custom installer to design your home theater or media room may seem like a daunting endeavor. You’re dealing with home electronics, after all, and electronics can be intimidating. But hiring a custom installer is really no different than hiring an architect, interior designer or other professional. The most important factor to consider is experience. You want someone you can trust who isn’t going to “drop the ball” halfway through the project.

There’s no need to feel intimidated, either, because an experienced custom installer recognizes the importance of establishing a good rapport with clients from the start. If the installer has an “attitude,” don’t waste your time, because his attitude will only get worse. Your future custom installer should make you feel relaxed and appreciated, not patronized. Any lack of knowledge about electronics on your part should be met with an enthusiastic and sincere desire to educate you. The installer should be willing to take the time to help you understand the options available to meet your requirements and your budget.
Before you begin your search, ask yourself these fundamental questions: Are you looking for the best firm with complete, beginning-to-end responsibility for your project? Is this firm expected to design, engineer and provide comprehensive documentation, and integrate with all the other parties involved (i.e., architect, interior designer, builder, cabinetmaker)?
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