1. Stay Smart and Local. Find knowledgeable, close-by vendors who stress safety first.
  2. Ensure the Price is Right: Weigh the costs carefully.
  3. Hit the Shows. Visit trade events to meet the experts.
  4. Do Your Homework. Read up on technology and map out a change game plan so you can ask intelligent questions when speaking with vendors.
  5. Find One-stop Shops. Work with vendors who can help with or completely handle an installation.