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Learn 4 vital tips to help create a realistic budget for AV, smart home, network, and more

When embarking on a new home build or remodel project, the fuzziest budget item for most homeowners is typically the technology budget. Your builder, architect, and interior designer can quickly ballpark what a pool, a kitchen, or an electrical contract will cost. When it comes to technology, though, they often shrug their shoulders since there are so many variables.

Learn what it means to be an HTA Certified home technology

Over 25 industry experts plus the Home Technology Association’s esteemed Board of Advisors have weighed in to create the rigorous standards of HTA Certification. Our goal is to empower consumers with the best information possible so that they may research and hire the best firms for their project.

Amongst the many factors you should consider when hiring a home technology professional for your project, their approach to ongoing service and maintenance of your technology systems is arguably one of the most important. Your home technology will likely require more upkeep and maintenance than any other system in the home. For all of the convenience, security, comfort, and entertainment these systems can provide, technology is imperfect and ever-evolving.

The first step of a successful home technology project is hiring the right company. This is also easily the most important ingredient in the recipe for success. At the HTA, we realize this is a difficult decision, and our mission is to make it easier for you to get this right.

Here are some helpful tips in choosing the right home technology firm:

Use the HTA Budget Calculator to determine how much to budget for audio/video, smart home, and other home technology systems

When embarking on a new home build or remodel project, the fuzziest budget item for most homeowners is typically for the home's technology systems. The Home Technology Association has created the first and only Home Technology Budget Calculator that will give you a high-level overview of what you should budget for the following technology systems: