Do the really thrifty even consider hiring someone like a CI? I could never imagine even calling one.....\n\n\nIf I was building\/renovating a house (which I plan to in the next few years) then I'd call one simply because I've done the cookie cutter builds and next will be custom. I will have a big list of requirements and I'll need a contractor to make sure everything I want done, is done properly before I come look at it.\n\nWhen I built the house I'm in now they wouldn't let me do the low voltage, but hired an alarm installer that thought they could do it. They did a sh!t job and I had to make them fix a bunch of crap. Waste of money for me, but this wasn't a pro doing the work. Won't make that mistake again.