Some areas of your home are often forgotten when it comes to prewiring; but don't hold out for wireless -- prewire everywhere, including garages, closets, patio and more.
The Garage
Hallways & Closets
The Front Door
Patios, Gardens and Decks
Swimming Pool and Hot Tub
Exterior Structures
The Driveway
  
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The Front Door

Although most families enter and exit the house through the mud room or garage, you should always remember to prewire for a security keypad at the front door, advises Dale Schultz of S.M.I.L.E. in Beachwood, Ohio. If for no other reason, do it for convenience.

“[If there’s no security keypad at the front door] whenever someone knocks on the door, you’ll have to run to the mud room to turn the system off before you can open the door,” he says. Even if you don’t want to spend money for a keypad now, having that wire accessible behind the wall will save you the hassle of cutting into the surface to rewire later. And don’t forget about prewiring the entryway for an intercom station.

THE WIRE: 22-gauge, 4-conductor, wire or whatever type of wire your security system uses (Category 5 wiring is common) between the keypad and the alarm panel. Category 5 to the intercom locations.

Read more: 7 Places Not to Overlook Prewiring