You work hard; you spend all day cooped up in an office, pushing around paperwork and watching the clock. How much of a treat would it be, then, to come home to a media center? Your movies, DVDs and video games will truly "pop" out at you, being a delight for both your ears and eyes.

The fun part is definitely piecing the media center together: choosing the television, speakers, and even a new DVD player. Now that you have these things all sitting in boxes in your living room, just how are you going to piece this all together and install it correctly?

Yes, many people do put their own media center together, but if you are looking for the best quality installation and making the most use of your media centre, a professional may be a smart idea. Also, if you're not a very "handy" person (such as the idea of finding and replacing batteries in appliances makes you cringe) then you may want to have a professional set it up for you.

When you are looking for a professional, there are definitely some questions that need to be asked, like:

  • What training have you had that qualifies you for this job?
  • Are you licensed and/or certified in this area?
  • What kind of experience do you have installing these systems?
  • Do you have any references from previous jobs?

If you decide to purchase your media center from a retailer, chances are they will have their own crew to help you with the set up, if necessary. Do not feel pressured to use their services, however; still ask the same questions as above and be sure that you are satisfied with the answers before paying them to do the job.

Another smart idea is to either buy the media center materials from a smaller, specialty electronics store, or to even buy them directly online (this can save you hundreds of dollars, which will more than pay for the professional installer to come in and install it for you).

The most important thing to remember is, you need to take your time so that you find someone to install it that you are completely happy with. The cheaper the installer, the less experience he or she probably has, so be wary of that fact. You have put the money into this media center, so be sure to have it set up correctly so that you, your family and friends can enjoy those blockbuster movies and sporting events together and in style.