Smart homes are becoming more and more accessible to the everyday homeowner and renter.  Rolling up your sleeves to DIY home integration has never been easier, but there are some caveats.  For instance, sticking a video doorbell on your stoop is much easier than rewiring and installing a brand-new home network.  Both DIY and professional home integration offer unique benefits and limitations.   

DIY Home Integration


  1. Cost-Effective: One of the most enticing aspects of DIY integration is the potential cost savings. You’ll avoid paying professional service fees and can purchase components at your own pace.
  2. Flexibility: DIY projects allow you to customize your integration journey according to your preferences and budget. You can start small and expand over time.
  3. Learning Opportunity: Engaging in a DIY project can be a valuable learning experience. You’ll gain insight into the technology and systems that power your smart home.


  1. Complexity: Home integration can be intricate, involving various technologies, protocols, and compatibility issues. Without proper knowledge, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
  2. Time-Consuming: DIY projects often require extensive research, troubleshooting, and configuration. It might take a while before your systems are up and running smoothly.
  3. Limited Support: While online resources are available, you might face challenges that require expert advice. Without professional support, you could end up with unresolved issues.

Professional Home Integration


  1. Expertise: Professional integrators bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. They understand the complexities and can design a cohesive, optimized system for your home.
  2. Efficiency: Hiring professionals saves you time and ensures that the integration process is streamlined and efficient. They’ll handle the technical aspects, leaving you stress-free.
  3. Customization: Professionals can tailor the system to your specific needs, ensuring that your smart home aligns perfectly with your lifestyle, preferences and budget.
  4. Ongoing Support: Should any issues arise post-installation, you have a dedicated team to turn to for support and maintenance.


  1. Cost: Professional services come with a price tag. While the investment is higher upfront, it often pays off in terms of quality, reliability, and reduced future maintenance costs.
  2. Less Hands-On Involvement: If you enjoy the process of DIY projects, you might miss out on the hands-on experience of setting up your own system.

We Know Home Integration

With our “Design, Build, Monitor” ethos at Ficrest, we ensure that you are in the loop every step of the way.  From first contact, through planning and execution, to 24/7 monitoring.  Whether you need advice on a current project or are starting from the ground up, contact our team of experts today to take the next step in integrating your lifestyle and home technology.