Home Professionals Gear Up for Smart Tech Surge
CEDIA Conference – HomeAdvisor, the nation's leading digital home service marketplace, and CEDIA, the international trade association for companies who design, manufacture and install technology for the home, today announced the results* of a survey of 1,450 smart home installation and maintenance professionals. The survey, taken of home professionals ranging from high-end custom installers to handymen, explores the emergence of the smart home industry from the perspective of the pros who know it best. The results reveal that more than three quarters of home professionals are regularly receiving requests for smart home installation or service. What's more, they expect this demand to increase over the coming 12 months.
"This report shows that when it comes to smart home technologies, homeowners are migrating away from DIY to more of a 'do-it-for-me mindset,'" said HomeAdvisor Smart Home Strategist Dan DiClerico. "The findings present a blueprint that will help professionals succeed in the ever-evolving smart home field."
- Pros see a surge in smart home service requests. Three out of four professionals say they've gotten more smart home-related calls in the last year. The clear majority receive service requests at least once a month — and many get them weekly and even daily.
- A wide range of tradespersons are regularly receiving smart home service requests. The proliferation of whole-home connectivity products has opened the door to pros specializing in security, landscaping, door and window installation, remodeling, handyman services, and design renovation, as well as traditional audio/video integration.
- Projects go beyond single-device installs. Smart home technology is quickly becoming intrinsic to the renovation process. More than half of survey respondents report doing smart home installations as part of larger remodeling projects. And six in 10 pros say non-smart home projects are now leading to smart home projects at least half the time.
- Pros want more training and education. Home service professionals are actively seeking to learn and know more about smart home products, installation and maintenance.
"Having a smart, connected home is becoming more desired and accessible, driving demand for smart home professionals," said Dave Pedigo, CEDIA VP of Emerging Technologies. "This survey allowed us to tap into a large qualified group of pros doing smart home installations. The results are pretty clear: There is tremendous growth opportunity in our market, and CEDIA will be there to offer the necessary skills and training for those home professionals who need to get up to speed."
The full report, complete with additional insights and details is available here.
HomeAdvisor is the operator of the largest home services marketplace across the globe, providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor's marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs using True Cost Guide, find local prescreened home professionals and instantly book appointments online or through HomeAdvisor's award-winning mobile app, compatible with all iOS, Android and smart home devices such as Amazon Echo. Globally, HomeAdvisor owns the market leaders in Canada (HomeStars), Germany (MyHammer), France (Travaux.com), Netherlands (Werkspot), Italy (Instapro) and the UK (MyBuilder). HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IAC).
CEDIA is the international trade association and central touch point for 3,700 member companies who design, manufacture, and install technology for the home. CEDIA is committed to helping members at every level set a pathway to prosperity by offering industry-leading education, training, and certification; delivering market intelligence through proprietary research; providing opportunities to foster community within the channel, and cultivating awareness with industry partners and consumers. CEDIA founded the largest annual residential technology show, now in its 28th year, and co-owns Integrated Systems Europe, the world's largest AV and systems integration exhibition. CEDIA members deliver technology solutions that allow people to have their best moments in life from the comfort of their own home. Life Lived Best at Home. To learn more about CEDIA, visit www.cedia.net.
*Results included in the report are based on an online survey conducted by HomeAdvisor and CEDIA. The survey was conducted nationwide from June 6- July 1, 2017 among 1,450 respondents. And, each survey respondent stated the majority of their work is on residential projects.
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