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I recommend you pick up the phone and call some local pros. You could volunteer to be another pair of hands. That will take a good deal of time to do yourself, especially if you need to figure out what to do first. The builder might be pricey because of his markup.
Is the power turned on in the house (you'll need to drill)? If insulation is spray foam, you'll need to secure the cables better than with batt. Expanding foam will move the cables.
Bury the cables behind the drywall, secure them so the drywallers won't cut them. Take thousands of pics before the drywall goes up, so you can find your cables easily later. Burying the cables avoids unsightly blank plates.
Pick good, inconspicuous places for wifi access points.
Don't use electrical boxes for category/Ethernet cables - use low voltage rings. Don't kink category cables.
Give yourself lots of slack in the wiring closet. Cut them to size when installing the equipment, after you move in.
+1 coax; coax and category cable to every potential TV location.
Don't use in-ceiling speakers for L-C-R channels.
I would run category cable to each potential camera location.
Maybe you could hire a pro to help with the design? An hour of his time for a couple hundred bucks?
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. -Buddha
Give a monkey a brain and he'll swear he's the center of the universe. -Fishbone