Why You Should Prewire Your New Home for Security and Automation

Written by | Updated November 21, 2013

There are many things to consider when building a new home from the foundation up. Things like flooring, cabinets, and paint colors are obvious, but aren’t as important as other items during the initial phases of construction.

Plumbing and electrical wiring, as two examples, are much easier tasks to undertake while the house is still being framed. Other wiring and cables for things like computer networks, security systems, and home automation are also much easier to run and install before the walls have been dry-walled and painted.

Here are a few really good reasons to consider having your new home wired for home automation and security during construction.

Home Automation

Today’s home automation systems work with a wide range of electrical components, heating and cooling systems, kitchen appliances, and lighting systems. Knowing up front that you’d like this type of automation in your new home is exponentially easier when starting from scratch. Sure you can do it later on, but if you do it while you’re building your home you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of home automation solutions and products that will work seamlessly together the day you move in.

While it’s true we’re more computer savvy in the 21st century than ever before, there’s still a small learning curve when it comes to using home automation software and apps on your various devices like laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets. Knowing ahead of time which products you’re going to use—and very likely which service provider for your home automation solution—the more time you’ll have to become familiar with the app when the time comes to remotely turn on your security lights on nights you’re running late at the office.

Home Security

If you get home automation, most times it comes with home security services. However, if you’re just looking for home security, you’ll want to plan this out as well. In fact, you can wire your home for automation if you decide you want it in the future so you don’t have to spend the money later.

This is also an excellent time to consider Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) monitoring of strategic locations around your property and the exterior of your house. Pre-wiring for them, as well as having them installed by professionals during the building process, means they’ll be in place and ready to use the moment you move in.

Knowing ahead of time that you’re planning for a home security system and/or home automation will not only help you prepare for the correct types of building materials, but will also mentally prepare you to begin using it the moment you move in. After all, what is the point of pre-planning and convenient wiring if, in the end, you don’t use the systems you’ve had installed?

For more information on the types of home security and home automation systems available, check out the SafeWise security system finder.

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Written by John Roskelley

John is a hockey fan, frequent fisherman, and former Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. He nerds out to finding new gadgets that help keep his family safe. Learn more

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