5 Tips on How to Make Your Installation Projects Award Worthy

The secret to crafting your CE Pro BEST Project Awards submission to improve its chances of winning.

5 Tips on How to Make Your Installation Projects Award Worthy

One of the winners from last year's Home of the Year Contest from Mozaic Audio Video Integration; photography by Tommy Daspit.

The CE Pro BEST Project Awards contest is one of the best ways to show off your pet projects and (hopefully) be rewarded for a job well done. There are many variables that contribute to project perfection: sensational synchronization of systems, seamless fusion of design and technology, and creative applications of products.

The trick to nabbing a BEST Project Award is accurately describing the facets of the installation in a way that captures the attention of the awards judges and sets your installation apart from others.

If you’d like to improve your chances of winning this year, take note of these five proven tips on how to make your projects award worthy and stand out from their competition through a perfectly penned awards submission.

5 Tips on Improving Installation Project Submissions

#1: Bullets Points

Beautifully written paragraphs might sound nice, but often it takes the reader (i.e., judges) too long to get to the main point of your prose.

Being succinct is key to keeping the BEST Project judges interested and engaged, and the best way to do this is by using bullet points.

Highlight each crucial part of the project as a bullet point that’s no longer than a couple of sentences. Formatting the description of your project as bullet points makes the entry easier to read and analyze.  

#2: Problem Solving

Sure, the finished installation is what ultimately wins the award, but it’s also the journey you took to get there that can raise the award-worthiness of a project.

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Your company’s ability to overcome tough challenges to create a stellar installation stands out and should be noted in your submission. Maybe there were major structural limitations or scheduling conflicts that challenged your team to think outside of the box—your ability to problem solve is a key indicator of your level of professionalism and integration expertise.

#3: Unique Features

Focus less on the “ordinary” and more on the “extraordinary.” There are many aspects about home systems installations that have become standard practice.

While these facets are important, it’s the unconventional parts of a project that really make it stand out. Make sure your submission highlights the unique elements of a project and describes their purpose.

#4: Eye for Design

As the worlds of tech and design continue to mesh, it’s important that your project demonstrates this unity. The best way to convey the harmony between your home tech installation and the home design is by supporting your written submission with plenty of professionally taken photographs of finished rooms.

Well-dressed racks are great, but a complete view of a living space tells the real story of design and technology coming together.

#5: Top-Notch Equipment

Which brands of home systems equipment make this project hum? Supplying a complete list of equipment with your submission helps the judges identify the project’s level of performance, integration and professionalism. Again, put this information into bullet points for easy reading and comparison.

About the Author

Lisa Montgomery:

Lisa Montgomery has been a member of the CE Pro and Electronic House editorial teams for nearly 20 years; most of that time as the Editor of Electronic House. With a knack for explaining complex high-tech topics in terms that average consumers can understand, her style of writing resonates with people who are interested in adding electronic systems to their homes, but are unsure of the steps involved and the solutions available. From basic lighting control systems to full-blown automation systems, Lisa understands the home electronics market well, and is able to point consumers in the right direction on their quest for a smarter, more convenient, efficient and enjoyable home.

Over the years, she has developed close relationships with key manufacturers and seasoned custom electronics professionals, giving her a keen sense of what home technologies are hot now and what is on the horizon. She shares this wisdom regularly through feature stories, product roundups, case studies technology spotlights and comprehensive guides and books.


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