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DIY vs. Professional Install Home Security Systems

Posted: August 20, 2014

When it comes to security systems, proper installation of the system is important. If it isn’t properly installed, then it might not work correctly. Having a professional come in to install your system isn’t a bad idea; but you may save a lot of money if you install the system yourself. Deciding whether or not to hire a professional can be a difficult decision to make. Take some time to list off the benefits of each option to see what’s perhaps right for you:

Who Should Install Their Own Home Security System?

Installing a security system yourself isn’t necessarily the toughest job, but it does take a certain kind of person. If you aren’t very handy, don't understand how the system works, or simply don't want to install the system, then you need to call a professional. If you enjoy fixing things around the house, have a simple understanding of electricity, and are confident that you can get the job done, installing the system yourself may be a good option after-all. If at any point in the installation process you feel like you're in over your head, call a professional.

Which Security Systems Are Easy to Install?

There are several different types of security systems out there. A hardwired system is one of the most difficult to install because it’s wired into the house that it’s installed in. These systems are very reliable and work extremely well; but the installation is more difficult than other systems, and it takes the longest. If you don't want to install a hardwired system or would prefer to install a wireless system, then the installation is usually pretty easy. The downside to these systems is that they are generally more expensive than other types of systems, so you might end up spending more than you intended.

Pros of Home Security DIY Installation

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.

Cons of DIY Installation

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.

What do you really need?

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.

Professional monitoring

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.

More upfront costs

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.


Pros of Hiring a Professional to Install a Security System

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.

It Will Be Done Correctly

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.

It Will Be Done Quickly

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.

The Installer Can Answer Questions

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.

Potential Cost-Avoidance

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. 

Cons of Professional Installation

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.

Appointments often scheduled between 8am-5pm

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

Lengthy Contracts

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.

Installation Fees

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.

Still have Questions About The Best Way to Install a Home Security System?

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.