Every home security system requires some type of installation. Whether you’re installing glass break sensors around the home, an exterior camera system, or smart locks on all of your doors, there is a certain level of electrical knowledge required to ensure that each part of the home security system is operating correctly. Generally, handling the install yourself will be cheaper than hiring a home security company, granted you have a few common tools at your disposal. Many companies are now offering low price or free installations when you sign up for an extended contract with them, which appeals to those who may be short on time or know how. Here’re some pros and cons of a DIY home security install verse having a security company professionally install your new system.
DIY Home Security System Installation
The immediate advantages to taking the DIY installation route are that there are zero installation fees, and the installation can be done on your own time. Taking the time to learn how to properly build your home security system will allow you to easily add new cameras, lights, or sensors to the system without the need to schedule additional appointments with a tech. Since many of the modern home security systems have shifted to a wireless signal, the need for drilling and running wires all over the home is no longer necessary. Instead, many sensors and camera are designed with a peel-off adhesive backing that allows for quick and easy mounting on surfaces.
No Waiting on an Appointments
A DIY install gives you, the property owner, the ability to install your home security system on your own time. No need to take a day off from work, or wait around for a tech to show up between a ridiculously large time window. Only want to get one portion of the system up and running right away? You can do that too when you elect a DIY install.
Most major home security companies that you can purchase equipment from will provide their customers with step-by-step installation guides, as well as a support line that you can call in to for troubleshooting and walkthroughs.
Forced to Learn the System
Choosing the DIY route will force your hand into learning all the in’s and out’s of your home security system. A thorough reading of the manual will be necessary, as well as watching some additional videos that clarify trouble areas you may encounter during the install.
Higher Equipment Cost
Many companies will charge a higher price for equipment if you elect to install the system yourself. In addition, companies may also void warranties if the product is not professionally installed. In the event of a theft or fire, it may leave you on the hook if the system doesn’t respond correctly.
No Instant Support
While a phone support agent may be available, a DIY installation is going to leave you on your own as you complete the installation and setup of the home security system. Each problem you encounter will require stopping to call in again for additional support.
Forced to Learn the System
For those that are not handy/tech-savvy, deciphering the installation instructions for a home security system may seem like reading in another language. If controlling your system through an app already seems like a daunting task, a DIY install may be biting off more than you can chew.
Professional Home Security System Installation
Almost every homeowner has dealt with, at some point during homeownership, having an installation tech show up at his or her home. As soon as that doorbell rings, you know that, within a few hours, you’ll be up and running with your new services set up. Many major companies will even offer weekend installation appointments so that those with a busy work week can receive installation services without having to flip their schedule on it’s head. Professional home security system installation techs are the experts at optimizing your home security system to provide your home with the most effective and comprehensive security that the system can offer. Having a pro come out from your home security provider can also assure you that any warranties that the products may carry are going to be honored.
From the moment the tech arrives with your new home security system, your responsibilities regarding the install are next to non-existent. Be sure to have the tech adjust any cameras they install so the field of vision is exactly how you’d like it to display on your viewing devices.
Fully Operational Systems
A professional home security system installation tech knows exactly how your system should operate, and will troubleshoot problems or replace faulty products to ensure that you home will be afforded the full protection that the system offers. A faulty sensor or non-functioning camera could lead to a break-in or fire that otherwise could have been prevented.
Discounts and Add-ons
Many home security companies have begun to offer discounted or free installation when a homeowner signs an extended contract for their services and monitoring. Be sure to check with the security companies in your area for special promotions or extra products if you elect to have a company tech come to your home to install the system.
In-home installation often comes with an associated cost. Whether the company charges the full amount upfront, or spreads the cost out across the year’s service billing, it’s important to ask the home security company how much the installation fee would be if you elect to have a company tech come to your home for installation.
While some companies have begun offering weekend installation time slots to fit into a busy schedule, there are still instances where a company will only have weekday times available. If you work a full-time job, scheduling the installation may require you to take some time off from work to be home when the tech arrives.