Smart home automation has become more affordable than ever – and it can be added during the build of a home or after the home is complete.

Here are four things to consider:

1. One touch, multiple actions.

Choose a smart home system that has the ability to program multiple devices to one button. This capability is available at all levels of systems – it shouldn’t cost more!

When you leave your home, you want to be able to hit one button that arms your security system, locks your door and closes your garage, right? Make sure the system you select can do that.

2. Wireless is less expensive.

Wireless devices and systems are generally less expensive and in many cases just as good as a more expensive hard-wired solution. Plus, wireless systems can be installed at any point – whether you’re past sheetrock or not. It’s important to note that if you are still in the framing stage, it is a good idea to run CAT5e or CAT6 cables anywhere you will want a security camera and a security panel.

3. Internet is key.

Even though most devices now are wireless and operate on a cell signal, there are still a few devices that require wireless internet – most notably security cameras. Make sure your internet is up to par or your wireless security cameras will never work properly – no matter how much money you spend on them.

4. Remote capabilities.

Make sure the system you choose has the ability to control devices remotely. Again, this should be standard at any price level. If you’re traveling, you want the ability to control your lights to make it look like someone is home and you want peace of mind being positive your doors are locked.

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