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DIY Smart Home: 10 Important Reasons Not to Do-it-Yourself

Nowadays, homeowners are keen on implementing smart home technology to improve their home experience and make operating home devices more convenient. convenience by As the technology advances, you can easily find many of these smart devices available to purchase and install yourself. You can purchase smart home devices for every function from security to climate control and install them yourself with minimal supervision or professional help.

In the next 5 years, smart home devices will be more popular than ever. The number of devices in a house is expected to grow. This is partly due to the romantic notion of a DIY smart home. Technically, you don’t need to hire professionals to install devices one by one. However, there are key issues to watch out for if you are thinking about doing it yourself, and some of them are highlighted below.

1 DIY Devices Don’t Work Together

This is one of the biggest issues people have when trying to DIY smart home. When you DIY you may waste money on devices that just won’t work together. The more complexity you want in your system, the more this can be an issue. If you hope to have a fully integrated smart home, adding devices and integration one at a time is still possible. But rather than doing it yourself and purchasing the wrong products, consult a professional. You don’t want to end up with multiple remote controls and apps. You want features that can’t be integrated into one control panel or app.

couple trying to DIY with their smart home technology

2 Installation is Too Complex

Smart homes are not plug-and-play. When you’re thinking about which devices to purchase, you’ll want to consider things that require wiring or configuration. Smart home devices should be selected carefully to make sure you can actually set them up yourself.  Many systems are not DIY and will require professional installation. Even some of the simpler devices require professional installation.  Some devices may need professional configuration or electrical wiring.  For example, mounting a smart TV to the wall is best done by a professional.

3 Getting an Incomplete System

Just because you have a lot of smart devices, doesn’t mean your home is all that smart. When you opt to create your own DIY smart home, the chances are high that you won’t create a complete system of home automation.  People often shove smart devices on a wish list, without even knowing if they will work with the rest of their devices.  Possession of many DIY devices may create an impression of having an automated smart home. But, if they are not integrated together, all your really have is a bunch of different remote control devices.  If you are looking for an actual automated smart home, consulting a professional installer is recommended.

4 Privacy and Security Issues

When you buy a smart home product, it may be to upgrade your security. However, some DIY smart home devices may be less secure than they seem. Installing a smart home system professionally is important to ensure your network is secure and updated frequently to reduce any security issues,  Like anything that connects over the internet, there may be vulnerabilities. This is why it’s important not only to select the right devices but to make sure your connected devices aren’t vulnerable to hacking or other compromises.

man operating remote control for television in DIY smart home

5 Too Many Remotes and Apps

The point of a smart home is to make your life more convenient.  It’s a pain to turn on your smart TV and then navigate through the inputs for your streaming player, cable box, and Blu-ray player with a different remote. It would be great to have a universal remote for all of your smart home devices. Most DIY smart home kits don’t provide this convenience because each device has its own proprietary system.  A professional installation provides you with one single remote or app that controls all the smart devices in your home.

6 Wi-Fi Demands and Network Failures

A smart home is only as good as its network. A solid network will ensure minimal interruptions and a seamless connection between devices. A good smart home system is one that has reliable network connectivity. Bundling a lot of DIY devices in your home doesn’t give you a better experience if your networking is not configured properly, it may cause lagging, buffering, and network failures.  A good networking system should be installed by a professional.

7 It will Be Difficult to Use

If you want a great smart home system, it’s important to consider how much effort you will need to put in to navigate through the system and set up smart devices. With so many applications that can be installed and so many DIY smart devices available, adding your own DIY devices can be really difficult to figure out how to use. Also, if you ever want anyone besides yourself to be able to use it, you may find that DIY products are just too hard to set up and use.  The nice part of hiring a pro is they can show you how to use it.