Using multiple service providers:
If you are going to go to the expense to automate your home, do it right. Having a professional, experienced home automation service provider gives you access to the planning, advice and equipment you’ll need to minimize stress during installation, and to end up with a fully integrated, harmonious working system you will enjoy for the life of your home.
Going the DIY route:
While you may save a few dollars at the outset, buying home automation parts piecemeal and installing them yourself will most likely cost you more in the long run. You will need someone who understands the electrical, space and ventilation requirements – not only of the part you’re installing today, but also of any other automated systems you may decide to add to your home in the future.
With home automation, you don’t have to do it all at once. You can start small by automating one or two things that are important to you now, and then add to your system as your budget and your needs grow. Planning for what you may want in the future will allow you to save money and time by choosing systems that can accommodate add-ons.
Not recognizing the importance of integrating all the systems:
Yes – home automation is exciting. And there are lots of awesome devices on the market to add that cool-factor to your home. But where the magic really happens is with the integration of each device into a functioning system. Don’t waste your time and money on a bunch of cool gadgets that don’t work together. That smart thermostat is great, but it’s far better when it is integrated with your smart air conditioner and smart humidity monitor.
Buying Untested Technology:
As with any new technology, be wary of buying the newest thing until the glitches have been ironed out. The market is exploding with new “smart” gadgets, and many are being released before they’re really ready to be on the market. Take your time and wait to see if a product has been suitably tried and tested before you install it into your house and are stuck having to spend time and money to replace it.