After investing thousands of dollars into a new home theater system, you may be considering installing it yourself. The installation can make a big difference in the quality of the sound and picture from your home theater. Depending on the type of system you purchased and your technical knowledge, you may want to hire a professional installer.
What’s involved in the Installation?
If you’re a rookie to home theater installation, understanding what you’re getting into might make this an easier decision. The installation will include:
- Measuring the room and placing the projector in the right spot
- Designing the layout for your system
- Choosing a seating arrangement for the room
- Picking the right speaker placement
- Building the seating platform and the stands for equipment
- Running wires for the system
- And More!
Many other tasks will need to be handled and the installation of your home theater system can become very time consuming.
How can a Professional Installer Help?
Trusting a professional installer to handle your expensive equipment may be difficult. However, they install home theater systems for a living. There won’t be much they cannot handle and they will be able to do the job to your specifications.
A professional installer can also help with recommendations on speaker placement, seating arrangements and other tasks involved in the process. They will handle all of the design and heavy lifting involved.
What Should You Look for in a Professional Installer?
If you make the decision to hire a professional installer, you should consider the following criteria:
- References and Pictures from Past Jobs
- Can incorporate your designs and ideas
- Up-to-date knowledge of technology and home theater systems
- Professional association member
Make sure the contractor you hire to handle your home theater installation meets these criteria. This will ensure you hire somebody with the ability to handle the job in a timely manner.
Making the Final Decision
Whether you still plan to install your home theater yourself or hire a professional, you need to make sure you’re making the right decision. If the job is too big and time consuming for you, hiring a professional might be the right choice. However, if you have knowledge of construction, electrical work and home theater installation, you may want to tackle the job yourself.
Keep in mind, the equipment you have purchased or will purchase for your home theater isn’t cheap. You want to make sure you trust the right person, whether it’s you or a professional, to handle your investment.