Installing home entertainment and Smart Home Technology, including flat screen TVs, wireless burglar alarm systems, Smart CCTV cameras, aerials and satellite dishes isn’t a job for just any old handyman. For a reliable installation carried out by expert professionals it’s best to call in specialised tradesmen who carry regulatory body membership, insurance, who offer warranties and also guarantee their work and the products they use.
Before you agree to allow workmen to carry out work installing TV receivers, cables, security cameras and alarms, as yourself, and them these questions:
Is this company qualified?
Anybody installing Smart Home Automation devices should be a CEDIA member. CEDIA are the Smart Home trade association so you can rest assured that if your installer is a member they will hold all the necessary certification required.
Companies who carry out other home entertainment installations, such as flat screen TV installations and putting aerials or satellite dishes on the roof don’t need to be members of a trade body, but should carry insurance to protect themselves, and you, in case of any accidents during the installation, or as a consequence of the work they undertook.
Are they experienced in the work you want them to do?
Smart Home installations are a new field, so it’s hard for anybody to have yet built up a wealth of experience installing connected devices. However, any CEDIA members will have undergone training, taken tests and been inspected before being handed membership.
Many companies who undertake this work are not new to electronic installations though. Most will have years of experience installing cabling, TV receivers, flat screen televisions, and home audio systems. The skills and expertise picked up during this work puts them in a unique position to be able to go on to install Smart devices having proved themselves capable with other similar works.
Do they offer the best value for money?
Price is a consideration for whatever work you need to have undertaken. But don’t be misled by false economies. If you’re going to have work involving valuable equipment or hard to reach places which might prove dangerous for anyone who lacks specialist training saving a few pounds on the bill could cost you dearly if anything goes wrong. A handyman will happily scamper up a ladder to fix an aerial to the chimney, but without the skills and professional knowledge which comes with years of experience and training the equipment they fit may not work, and may come loose, posing a danger to your property and anybody who may be passing should it one day collapse.
People installing electronics indoors pose equally poor economies. Drilling holes where it’s convenient could result in poor locations being chosen or wiring and pipes being damaged. Expertise is costly, but it’s this professionalism which means you won’t have to deal with the consequences of an unprofessional job.
More on value for money
A professional installer will usually recommend you a more expensive range of goods than you might otherwise find on the market. This isn’t an exercise in chiselling more money out of you, rather an effort to get you to fit the best quality merchandise available. There’s no point having shoddy goods professionally installed, just as there’s no economy in having top-of-the-range devices fitted badly. Fitting the best from the very beginning means you can rely on the products, and the installation far longer than you would otherwise. Add to that the warranties and guarantees which come with expert fitting and your ‘expensive’ installation is actually quite a bargain.
Who to go to for reliable professional installations?
For fast, reliable Smart Home Systems installation in the south east of England:
⋅Briant Communications are based in Worthing and offer a supply and installation service throughout the south east of England.
⋅Finite Solutions are London based but have offices in Cheshire, Leeds, and York
⋅Smartn install a full range of Smart Home Technology in Salisbury and the surrounding areas.
⋅Custom Controls offer Smart Home and Music Systems in London.
⋅Smart Homes supply, plan and install systems in Sussex, Surrey and London
⋅Totally Smart Homes Ltd also offer planning and installation in throughout the south of England.
Aerial and Satellite Dish Installations in southern England
⋅Aerialman is a reliable aerial and satellite installed working in the Sussex region.
⋅Southern Coast Aerials are another aerial installer who work in the Worthing/Brighton area
⋅Smart Aerials is a family business based in Eastbourne serving Sussex, Kent and Surrey.
⋅The TV Man is an independent trader who installs aerials along the south coast between Bognor Regis and Shoreham.
⋅Aerial Sparks provide aerial and TV dish installations in the Southampton, Winchester, and Portsmouth area.
⋅Norsat is a Satellite and aerial installer serving the Crawley, Guildford, Woking, and Haselmere areas.
⋅A&S Aerials operate install TV aerials and satellite dishes throughout the south east, usually next day.
For flat screen TV wall mounting and installation
⋅TAS Aerials provide a TV hanging service in the Horsham area of Sussex
⋅Installations At Home are a Hemel Hempstead based TV mounting team offering a range of packages to suit all budgets.
⋅TV Setup Professionals helps you find a local TV installer wherever you are in the UK.
⋅T Smart TV install TVs in homes, bars and offices throughout the south of England
⋅Southern Counties Satellites and Aerials provide TV mounting, soundbar and surround sound services.
⋅LTV offer a great range of flat screen, home cinema and AV installations in Sussex
Specialist Fibre Optic installation and repairs
⋅Tectonic Digital are a Sussex based fibre optic and data cable installer.
⋅Coles Cables provide fibre and cable solutions in East Sussex.
⋅Mr Cable installs and repairs all types of coax, twisted pair and fibre data networks.
⋅Woodstock IT area business data network installation company.
⋅Advanced Power Services install and repair data and fibre networks.
⋅Portsmouth Communications are a Portsmouth based network solutions provider.
CCTV installation specialists
⋅Kestrel Alarms install in homes and businesses throughout Sussex.
⋅CCTV Brighton are a CCTV specialist in installing CCTV in the south east.
⋅Sussex Alarms install a range of CCTV and intruder alarms.
⋅Fuzion 4 supply and fit CCTV systems in East Sussex.
⋅Invader Security supply and fit a range of CCTV cameras in Sussex
⋅Brighton CCTV install, maintain and repair CCTV systems
Wireless burglar alarms
⋅Holt Security are a popular choice for intruder alarm installers in the south.
⋅Aspect Security supply and service Smart burglar alarms from Seaford.
⋅Spy Alarms install domestic and business alarm systems in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London.
⋅AM Security supply alarms from basic domestic packages through to commercial and public systems.
⋅Sussex Alarms are a NSI Gold Medal of Excellence winning Brighton based intruder alarm installation firm.
⋅EFL Fire supply and install wired and wireless intruder alarms for businesses and homes.