Installing Your Perfect AV SystemPosted By Erin Murphy on October 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm
It can seem a daunting task, so many options, features, functions, flat screens. So many products and so many people. Are they qualified to give sound advice?
How do you go about having the perfect AV system installed?
The AV system that is perfect for you, your home and your budget.
The AV system will be used every day, like the lights, the taps and the toilet. But during a new build or renovation, the AV system often gets put in the ‘too hard we’ll do it later’ basket. Or gets offloaded from one trade to the next, or is spoken about then forgotten until it’s too late.
Call me biased, but I think it needs to be addressed as early as possible. If it’s done right it can be one of the enjoyable aspects of the build. Because what are we talking about here? It’s watching TV and listening to music! It’s your entertainment and your leisure time.
Planning that moment when you get to kick back with a glass of fruit juice (no added sugar), put some tunes on and enjoy your home and your family should be fun.
Here’s a few tips to enjoying the whole process.
1. Choosing who to use
Honest and trustworthy. You’ll need good advice, a professional work ethic and someone you can comfortably talk to. Referrals are always the best way to find trades so you need to talk to your friends and find out who they’ve used or who they’ve heard about.
The AV often doesn’t come under the builders scope so if you bring in a ‘new guy’ he’ll need work with your builder and his tradies harmoniously!
When you are choosing someone for your AV you should definitely use a specialist. It might sound obvious but if another trade (electrician perhaps!!) ends up wearing the audio visual hat, the system may not meet your expectations. Don’t get me wrong I love electricians! In fact some of my best friends are electricians.
But if you really want an AV system that is perfect for you, you need someone who is across the industry and has knowledge and access to the products that will suit you best.
2. Organise a site visit
Meet your installer and discuss the system on site. Here you can throw ideas around such as what your expectations are, how will it look and sound, how you would like to use the system, who will use it, what your budget is, what options there are.
If you have the right person they will have more than one solution for you.
3. Get a quote
Once you have the quote in your hands don’t be afraid to call and ask questions. Like anything in life there is a good, better, best option. The AV system can be tailored to meet your budget and your expectations.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 until;
a) you have a quote you like
b) you’re totally out of time and you end up with your brother in law’s best mate who knows heaps about AV and stuff
I really hope it’s a)
If you’ve accepted a quote it means you’re happy with the installer, his proposed system and his price. It’s now up to him to prove you made the right decision. If he’s on top of things he won’t need to be managed through the process and you’ll be able to attend to the thousand other things on your plate. So tick AV off the list and throw yourself back into the build. There’s a lot to do!