Here at Hive, a premiere home Automator in Tampa Bay, we believe in open and honest communication. Hive’s committed to completing your project at the price we provided to you from the start. We know that no one likes unpleasant surprises, especially when it comes to finances. 

Due to the nature of construction, several things could cause a delay. But, that doesn’t mean everything should take you by surprise. In this article, we cover situations that could cause an increase in your smart home cost. 

We break down these expenses into two main categories,

  1. General Construction Delays
  2. Equipment Delays

Here are some things to be aware of that could add to your installation costs when making your smart home.

General Construction Delay Costs

These types of delays are often due to the area needing construction. This could be anything from tearing down drywall or adding electrical plugs. Here are some situations to be aware of when planning your smart home. 

  1. The area needs more electrical outlets. This will lead to more costs due to the licensed electrician required to do this task.
  2. Damaged drywall. Due to retrofitting and fitting of wiring when installation occurs, the drywall will need repairing. The texture may have to be redone and that area would likely need repainting, which would result in an extra cost.
    • Please note: Hive will not be responsible for the application of patching compound, sanding, or painting. Hive will, upon request, provide a referral for the repairs from a licensed and insured repair company. 
  3. Inaccessible areas. These areas reveal themselves as early as our initial walkthrough, or later during the installation process. This includes crawl spaces, attics, or closets.

Equipment Delay Costs

Wi-Fi enhancement and equipment integration can quickly lead to extra costs. While buying everything for the lowest price from several sellers might seem like the best choice, it often leads to more problems than it solves. Here are some things to be aware of.

  1. One of the first things to consider is if you have adequate Wi-Fi throughout the home or business. If you have poor distribution of Wi-Fi throughout the home or business, you would need to address this before being able to completely integrate a smart home hub. 
  2. Ensure that all the Wi-Fi devices have the accessibility to connect to the system easily. That could involve a mesh Wi-Fi system or other enhanced Wi-Fi network to reach all parts of the home.
  3. Client-supplied equipment. For example, if a client supplies an older TV or other device and wants that to work with the system, they may have different wires than what we use to integrate into the system. With any client-supplied devices, you could run into some additional costs to make sure they will connect seamlessly to the smart home hub.
  4. Integrating third-party equipment. Different manufacturers have different equipment required for a third-party interface between the controller and that product. This means there can be issues integrating this equipment with the rest of the home. 
    • For example, garage door openers, swimming pool controllers, and motorized automated shades may each require a third-party device to integrate between the central brain and that actual product. Check with your smart home provider to see what required elements are needed for your system and what additional costs those items would be.

How Do I Prepare For These Delays?

Knowing the possible ways your project could be delayed is a huge step in preparing for your smart home. During your Swarm Meeting, you’ll be handed our No Surprises Promise, a handy document that details any potential delays. 

You can read more about our No Surpises Promise in a previous blog. This Promise allows you or your design consultant to identify potential problems ahead of time, and focus on how to keep your project close to the initial price level. 

If you have any questions about our No Surprises Promise, contact us at (813) 575-HIVE or reach out through our contact page. You can also watch amazing behind-the-scene installations on our Youtube Channel.