Posted: August 20, 2014
Being able to install anything on your own has plenty of advantages. Here are a couple of great things about installing your own security system.
Installation of a security system can be expensive, even though many large security companies like ADT offer subsidized prices for their customers. The more work you do, the more money you may save.
Any time you're able to do something yourself, you probably feel pretty good. Knowing that you installed your home's security system provides you with a level of satisfaction that you wouldn’t get when you hire a professional.
While DIY home security systems give you the freedom to install what you want, when you want, there are some drawbacks as well.
You’re in charge of your own installation
A new home security system is a costly investment, whether you choose DIY or a professionally installed solution. With a DIY system, you hold the responsibility of making sure that the system is removed from the box (because we’ve all had gadgets that we’ve let sit on the kitchen counter) and then installed appropriately.
At Protect Your Home, we make sure to do a full risk assessment of your home before deciding on any equipment sets. We make sure all main entry points are covered.
While available, many DIY security systems do not come enabled with professional monitoring. This puts the responsibility on you to self-monitor and call the authorities if a break-in occurs, not your security system provider.
While there may not be as many fees with DIY security, the upfront equipment costs are usually higher because you are paying for everything at the start. Professionally installed systems with contracts can help you cover the cost of your system over time.
Some people prefer to hire a professional for everything. Even if you aren't one of these people, it can be a good idea to hire someone to install your security system, as there are a number of benefits for profession installation. Here's why.
Although some people would argue that they can only absolutely know something is done right if they do it themselves, most people would argue that a professional is going to do it right every time. If, for some reason, the security system isn’t installed correctly the first time, a professional will likely come back out to your home and fix it, possibly even free of charge.
Installing a security system yourself can take several hours -- especially if you have to learn a lot about wiring or the security system itself. When you pay for professional installation, it will likely take a much shorter amount of time; which means you have more time for other tasks.
If you have any questions about the security system that weren’t answered when you purchased the system, the professional installing the security system should be able to answer them. He or she should also be able to give you a quick tutorial of the system if you're not sure how it functions. Whether or not you choose to hire a professional installer, you’ll likely reap the wonderful benefits of either option. However, it’s ultimately about your wants and needs. Is saving money more important? Or, is convenience more important? In the end, the main goal is to have a safer, more secure home.
Professionally installed solutions make sure the job is done right the first time. This prevents the need to go back and buy more equipment, troubleshoot issues over the phone or determine whether or not your space is compatible with different security solutions.
At Protect Your Home, we will always stand by the value of having your security system professionally installed, whether it’s us or someone else. We do, however recognize that there are some instances in which DIY is a more preferable option.
It can be hard to make time during the day to meet with a security advisor. While Protect Your Home does install on Saturday’s, we understand that in today’s world, it’s hard to drop everything for a home service appointment
Many pro solutions require a long-term contract. While it may not sound ideal to agree to a 36-month contract, this can help spread out some of your other costs instead of paying for everything upfront.
Professionally installed systems often come with an installation fee that varies depending on your choice of equipment and home automation. While it does come with added fees, it also comes with peace of mind, knowing that trained security professional has the logistics figured out for you.
At Protect Your Home, your safety is our top priority. With over 20 years of experience protecting 2 million families just like yours, we know we can help you protect what matters most.
Have questions about our home security systems? Give us a call or check out our installation process.