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Home Technology Budgeting Tool

This tool will help you understand what you should expect to spend on a new home technology project.

In less than 20 questions we can get you to a realistic budget range for all of the technology in your home. If you really know what you want, you can breeze through this in about 5 minutes or less. If you need to think about things, expect it to take you about 8 minutes or so.

The calculated price includes labor, accessories, and design & engineering. Tax not included.

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Prewire calculations assume you would like your home fully wired for all home technologies shown throughout the budget calculator, including ‘future-ready’ wiring. Prewire pricing can vary substantially based on what features you would like in your home
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This is called “video distribution” and reduces the amount of audio/video equipment located at each TV location / room.
Pricing listed below does not include seating or room build-out costs.
This budget is typically for a 4-6 seat theater room with a 100" - 120" screen, a sub $10K video projector, and a receiver-based audio system with in-wall speakers.
This budget is typically for a 6-8 seat room with a 120" - 140" screen, a brighter, higher performance projector, and a higher quality sound system.
This budget is typically for an 8-16 seat theater with a 12' - 15' wide screen, high performance projector, and theater-quality sound system.
This budget is typically for an 8-20 seat theater with a 12' - 20' wide screen, reference-grade video projector, reference-quality sound system, and acoustic design.
This budget is typically a spare no expense theater with the very best equipment available and acoustic design.
Do you plan on outfitting a room in your house with a surround sound system? Please select a budget.
A surround sound system creates an immersive sound experience, much like a dedicated home theater room, though in a dual-purpose room such as a Family Room, Master Bedroom, etc. If you would like more than one surround system location, click on the "Add Another Surround System" button below
This budget is typically for a 65-75" TV with a "receiver-based" 5.1 audio system with in-wall or in-ceiling speakers and a subwoofer.
This budget is typically for a 75-85" TV, a "separates-based" 7.1 audio system with higher performance in-wall or in-ceiling speakers and a subwoofer (or two).
This budget is typically for a 85"-100" TV, a "separates-based" 11 speaker Dolby Atmos audio system with higher performance speakers and a subwoofer (or two).
This budget is typically for a 75" TV for daytime use plus a 135" motorized projection screen for movie viewing and a theater-quality 11 speaker Dolby Atmos audio system.
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Typically, homeowners want to see the following areas: front of house, front door, driveway / gate, sides of house, and pool. If you are more concerned about security, you may want to add cameras for the perimeter of your property. Good-quality cameras see about 75 feet of distance on average. The high range of the budget estimate includes higher resolution cameras, better night vision, and longer surveillance recording time. To learn more about security camera option, click here.
Keep in mind that our modern lifestyle and our home's technology systems are extremely reliant on a quality network and Wi-Fi system. Most homes are moving towards enterprise-grade hardware and away from the types of products you could buy in an office supply store or a consumer computer store. We recommend that all homeowners consider the network and Wi-Fi system to be the most important system in the home. Click here to read more about this subject.
Lighting control systems reduce wall clutter, allow preset lighting scenes at the push of a button, increase security, and add convenience.
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For example, a house music app, an app to operate your TV, an app for lights, an app for locks, an app for cameras, an app to open close garage doors & gates, etc. Or do you want to control the house through a single unified app that controls all the systems in the home? You can read more about the smart home by clicking here.
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Security
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Home Control / Smart Home
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Your preliminary budget indicates that home technology integration firms at all three HTA Certification levels are appropriate choices.

Your preliminary budget indicates that home technology integration firms at all three HTA Certification levels are appropriate choices.

Your preliminary budget indicates that home technology integration firms that are HTA Certified at the Luxury and Estate levels are the most appropriate choices. Some Foundation certified firms also deploy projects in this price range, though you will want to pay special attention to a firm's Project Size, Home Size, and Home Value statistics in their profile to be sure they are a good fit for your needs.

Your preliminary budget indicates that home technology integration firms that are HTA Certified at the Luxury and Estate levels are the most appropriate choices.

Your preliminary budget indicates that home technology integration firms that are HTA Certified at the Luxury and Estate levels are the most appropriate choices. Estate level firms regularly deploy a large percentage of their projects at budgets of $250K and higher.

The three levels of HTA Certified companies are Foundation, Luxury, and Estate. Click the logos below to learn the definition of each:

  • HTA Certified - Foundation
  • HTA Certified - Luxury
  • HTA Certified - Estate

To get a snapshot of a particular firm's "sweet spot" of project size and services offered, click into the firm’s profile and pay special attention to the Company Statistics, Customer Service/Aftercare, Project Size Information, and Home Size & Value Information sections to determine if this company may be a good fit for your needs.

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