Over the years we’ve seen a number of different home improvements have their ‘time in the sun’ in Victoria, but one of the most popular upgrades in recent years has been the Home Theatre. Not surprisingly, this has been particularly popular since we’ve all been spending more time at home during the various lockdowns.
So, if you are one of the many homeowners who is considering converting a room at home into ae Theatre, here’s some tips on the key ingredients you may need to think about.
- The room itself – It’s worth drawing out a plan of the room as a home theatre tends to take up more space that you realise. Look closely at what rooms share a wall, as sound is also a key factor, both the impact on the rest of the house from whatever you are watching, and the interference from the rest of the house on your enjoyment of that show.
- The image – The most favoured option today is usually to mount the projector on the ceiling (enabling the cables to run through the ceiling space). Once this is set up, you will know exactly how big the screen area will need to be, although your choices will range from motorized screens to applying ‘projector screen paint’ on an existing wall.
- The sound system – The optimal set up for today’s market usually includes two large floor speakers beside the screen, four ceiling speakers split between each end of the room, and a subwoofer. Again, the benefit of pre-planning the room layout mentioned above will become clear here.
- The ‘boxes’ – The Blu-Ray player, the Pay TV receiver, your modem and server could all play a key role here, along with any number of additional tech devices depending on your passion. If you’re particularly tech-savvy, you can save yourself a lot of time and stress by getting an expert to do the installation…or maybe just ask your 15-year-old nephew?
- The seats – Last but not least, think about what will make you most comfortable here, with options ranging from the classic couch to full-blown cinema seating. But keep in mind that cramming huge seats into a small space will seriously impact your long-term enjoyment of this room.
- The plan – As we always remind our readers, home improvements like this should only be undertaken if you plan to remain in the property for the medium term at a minimum.
If you are thinking of moving soon, creating a home theatre is unlikely to be a cost-effective project, so don’t hesitate to have a chat with one of our experienced team at Ian Reid Buyer and Vendor Advocates on 9430 0000.You’ll also find lots of helpful tips on selling your home in our free booklet “Fatal Real Estate Traps Exposed”, which you can download while you’re here.