Security System Installation: Professional vs. DIY
One of the first questions you’re probably going to be faced with when trying to get home security into your residence is: will you have it professionally installed, or will you do it yourself. It doesn’t seem like a difficult question to answer initially, but the more you think about it the more complicated it can become.
So to help you make the decision we’ve put together a simple guide on both professional installation and DIY installation, so you know exactly what you’re getting, and decide which choice is best for you.
Professional installation is in many ways the simpler option, particularly for customers who aren’t technologically minded, and don’t have the time or energy to figure out how to install their home security system themselves. Generally when you call the home security company to order your system, they’ll make a time for a professional installer to come to your home, while you’re there, and install the system. Depending on your location, some home security companies can attend your residence in just a day or two, cutting waiting times.
Along with the simplicity, you know that the professional installer is going to make sure your system is set up properly. They have years of experience in installing these home security systems, and they can also spend some time introducing you to the system. With their help you too can become an expert in this new aspect of your home, and how to use the system most effectively.
That’s not to say that having professional installation doesn’t have some negative aspects. The cost of professional installation is usually much higher upfront thanks to both installation and activation fees. It can also be a bit of a hassle to find a time for the installer to visit your home, as installation of a professional system can take several hours. Along with that it’s likely that a professionally installed system cannot move with you, meaning if you move house you’ll need to pay that installation fee again at your new residence, or even leave some of your security equipment behind.
- Little energy required, someone else is doing the work
- Benefit from having a professional on the scene
- Simple for the customer
- Installation means there are higher cost
- Don’t get to control the system or set up
- Have to find a large window of time for the installer to work when you’re home.
Companies Offering Professional Installation
If you think that professional installation is for you, then have a look at the following companies, who all offer professional installation in their home security packages.
If you’re not sure that professional installation is the right choice for you, the other place to look is at DIY installation. The best part about installing your home security system yourself is that it’s free, with no installation fees and no waiting around for an installer to attend your home and spend hours setting the system up. Another great aspect of the do-it-yourself system is they typically offer more ways to move the equipment around, adding to it when you feel you need it and reconfiguring as required. Also, when you sign up with a company for a DIY home security system, you can usually rest in the knowledge that all the equipment that is shipped to your door is owned by you. This means that if you want to move house and take the security system with you, it’s totally portable and can be moved without paying additional fees or having someone professionally deconstruct the system.
You might be worried that installing a DIY system is going to be difficult, but you’re wrong. Although having a professional installer come to your home seems easy for you, DIY installation is really only a small job. The DIY systems are technologically advanced, meaning they use wireless systems to create a web of security that you can install around your home. And don’t bother getting out the drill and messing up your walls, most of the system components are held on with simple adhesive backing, so just peel and stick the sensors around your home before activating the system.
The thing to remember with a DIY home security system is that you aren’t really on your own in the process. The company that you’ve purchased the system off will be able to help you with the installation. Just give them a call and one of their service technicians can absolutely walk you through the entire set-up over the phone. Some of the systems even have electrical prompts to direct you through the set up. Generally customers report that a DIY installation takes less than an hour, which is definitely something to keep in mind.
Of course there are some negatives about DIY installation, just as there were with professional installation. For one there’s the niggling doubt that you aren’t setting up the system correctly. You’re no security expert after all, and while you can call the company on the phone they can’t see your home and make recommendations on how best to set the system up. Along with that some DIY systems do end up having a higher equipment cost, because you own the equipment that’s delivered to you.
- No cost for installing
- Install whenever you want
- Configure the system to suit you
- You have to install
- No professional to help you in person
- Higher equipment costs
Companies Offering DIY Installation
There are some great companies out there that offer simple but effective DIY systems for almost any home and security or automation configuration. Here are a few we prefer.