Managing the logistics of new home construction is a challenge for any builder or developer. Between budgeting for the sky-rocketing costs of building materials and coordinating each stage of construction, it can feel like there’s little time for anything else.
It’s no surprise, then, that many builders have been slower to fully adopt smart home technology into their new home plans. While it does add another layer of complexity to any new build, it also opens up new ways to market a home, as today’s homebuyers are looking for smart homes and are willing to pay more for them.
Here’s a quick look at three ways builders can weave smart home technology into their next projects.
1. Pre-wire the Home with Ethernet
It is necessary to install Ethernet cabling and fiber during construction along with the AC wiring, plumbing, ducts and other infrastructure as smart homes require a reliable and efficient network to function properly. Plan to future proof by using CAT 6 or higher cable all connected to a central panel or hub that will be able to handle the demands from the future smart home. There will need to have incredibly fast internet coming into the home—ideally fiber optic—and that connection needs to be managed in a simple, streamlined, and Wi-Fi-friendly way. Installing a media distribution hub is one way to accomplish this by connecting the structured wiring network with key network devices like routers, security and home entertainment.
2. Partner with Smart Home Suppliers and Specialists
Partnering with smart home manufacturers, suppliers, and specialists is the simplest way for builders to plan and build smart homes. Smart home technology is continually evolving and dedicated suppliers and specialists can help ensure a new construction build is using the right technology mix.
Smart home suppliers and specialists should be brought in early on a new project, before construction during the planning stages—to help a builder’s team assess options.
3. Create Tiered Smart Packages and Upgrades
For most builders, the path to increased margins and profitability goes through options and upgrades. Smart home technology offers builders a prime opportunity to get creative with the tiered packages they can present to future homebuyers. This can include the assortment of devices included in a home at handover, as well as value-added services such as home security monitoring.