The 20 Questions Budgeting Tool | Home Technology Association

The 20 Questions Budgeting Tool

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

In about 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.

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(a round number is OK)
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.
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.
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.
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.
If so, give us your best guess on how many windows/shades you want to motorize. If no, just enter 0
For example, a house music app, an app for lights, an app for locks, an app for cameras. Or do you want to control the house through a single unified app that controls all the systems in the home?

Your Estimated Budget Range is

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Entertainment
House Wiring Budget00
House Music Budget00
House Televisions Budget00
Theater Budget00
Media Room Budget00
Security
Alarm Budget00
Security Cameras Budget00
Data and Communications
Wi-Fi / Network Budget00
Telephone Systems Budget00
Home Control
Lighting Control System Budget00
Motorized Shading Budget00
Home Control System00
Total Range00

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 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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