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Explaining Liens vs. Lawsuits for Non-Payment by General Contractor

Integrators who sign a contract with a general contractor and not directly with the client cannot sue the homeowner if you are not paid, but you may be able to file a mechanics lien against the property.

Jason Knott · December 22, 2015

CE Pro People & Places: SureCall Names Moser; Platinum Appoints Strikwerda; Atlona Names new Reps

The latest in hirings and other notable movement within the custom electronics industry. Check back daily for updated news.

CE Pro Editors · December 15, 2015

2016 Might Be Best Year to Sell Your Business

Historically low interest rates that feed private equity investment and serious amounts of money sitting on the sidelines make 2016 a potentially good year for integrators and manufacturers to sell. What 3 steps should you be taking now?

David Rodarte · December 13, 2015

Unearthing New HDMI Facts, Real-World Answers

Jeff Boccaccio, president of DPL Labs, looks back on the year, including a new testing process for 4K and HDR.

Jeff Boccaccio · December 09, 2015

Tackling Cellphone Signal Boosting in a 9-Story Condo Complex

This nine-story, 350,000-squarefoot multi-dwelling unit in Kirkland, Wash. is heavy concrete construction with two underground levels for parking. The six-figure cellphone signal booster installation is being done in two phases.

Jason Knott · December 08, 2015

Top Integrators Launch HAUS, a Franchise-Like Program for Mainstream Home Automation

Founders of the high-end integration firm Xssentials are launching HAUS, a smart-home training and support program to help integrators run high-volume security and home automation businesses utilizing leading brands such as Savant and Sonos.

Julie Jacobson · December 07, 2015

7 Big Mistakes Every Integrator Makes (updated with comments)

From hiring relatives to overpaying employees, two veteran integrators offer sage advice of what to avoid.

Jason Knott · December 07, 2015

Slateplan Offers Free Version, New Features for System Estimation Software for Integrators

Integrators can enjoy a minimalist version of Slateplan’s floorplan-based design and estimation software for free. Coming soon: International versions.

CE Pro Editors · November 18, 2015

NY Integrator Opens 15,000-Square-Foot Sports Mecca and Showroom

SIMPLAY is a retail showroom that features 8 separate sports simulators and is ‘the ultimate functional showroom’ for SEAL Solutions in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Jason Knott · November 10, 2015

Consider Going ‘Old School Retail’ This Holiday Season

Integrators with private appointment-only showrooms should open on Black Friday with retail-style hours with about a dozen sale items like wireless multiroom speakers, soundbars, subwoofers, programmable thermostats, security cams, alarms and smart door locks. Here are 6 tips to succeed.

Chuck Schneider · November 04, 2015