[Scottish] Floodwiring new houses

Julian Gibson scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Sun May 11 21:53:12 2003


Thanks for the comments.  I've never seen any houses
advertised with it as an option, just thought it might
give an interesting marketing angle or even start a
trend.  If I was to buy a new house and I had the option
to have it wired I would do it (at the right cost) of
course, hence the initial question.
Noted your comments about upping the added value rather
than just providing bare wiring.  This would definitely
be a "tick the box" option for the purchaser rather than
a standard fitment.
My friend did seem sceptical about the advantages but
he is an Aberdonian accountant!  Will try and persuade
him otherwise.


> Hi J,
> I'm sceptical as to how many house buying punters would perceive 
> structured cabling as a benefit. When I was commissioning wiring for 
> offices, a typical cost was a bout 30 per point (yes I know that someone 
> would have done it cheaper - but lets just use that for arguments sake). 
> I would reckon you would want (say) 4 points per room - thats 120 per 
> room. 3 Bedrooms, kitchen, living room and dining room - thats 720 as 
> the cost for flooding it with wiring.
> I reckon that the best way to make it look more attractive would be to 
> chuck in some more electronics - e.g. front door surveillance camera 
> linked into the telly system (available off the shelf for about 150) and 
> an ADSL link / preconfigured router, some method of routing audio 
> through the house. That way you're not just selling (boring) structured 
> cabling, you're selling a techno-house!
> The capital cost of this is relatively small in  relation the value of 
> the property - so I expect that offered as 'dealer option' on a new home 
> it could be a winner for, say 3500 (healthy margin) on top of the 100,000+?
> I wouldn't go out looking for it as an option - but then I won't spend 
> 100 on Microsoft Windows ;)
> Colin
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