Building a new home is a thrilling time filled with a lot of decision making about what to include in the build and what features you want to see in your new home. While any home can be retrofitted and have audio/video equipment and wiring installed, it is always easier, more cost-effective, and allows more customization options if you pre-wire for audio and video equipment during the building process.
When you pre-wire during the building process you have complete control over what systems, wires, equipment, etc. are used, how it is all laid out in the infrastructure, and what automation features you can easily and efficiently incorporate into your home. Security, remote monitoring, audio/video, Wi-Fi, lighting, and ease-of-scalability can all be completely customized during the pre-wire phase of a new home build. Wires are easily concealed without having to open up walls which is more aesthetically pleasing and far more cost-efficient. Pre-wiring your home for an audio/video system and any of the other aforementioned features, even if you do not plan to use them, adds significant value to your home. If you choose to sell your home in the future, just having it pre-wired will enhance the value and appeal to potential home buyers. Lifewire offers some helpful advice about anticipating pre-wire for your new home build, “Build a small, centrally located closet for storing patch panels, distribution panels, and media servers. Ensure your wiring closet is big enough to accommodate a rack with extra room for moving around, and install ample cable conduits in this room because much of your wiring will terminate here…Build a small, centrally located closet for storing patch panels, distribution panels, and media servers. Ensure your wiring closet is big enough to accommodate a rack with extra room for moving around, and install ample cable conduits in this room because much of your wiring will terminate here…You may be tempted to go all wireless in your new home. Wireless certainly has its place, but it just isn’t as fast as wired connections. If you anticipate using high-traffic applications such as video or streaming 4K or Ultra HD, you are better off with wired connections. Wiring the new house with Category 5e or CAT 6 future-proofs the house for years to come.” Consult an experienced and knowledgeable audio/video installer who can offer pre-wire advice for your new home build that will ensure your needs are covered both now and in the future.