What are the variables that you are weighing as you debate the right way to do security: with professional installation or home alarm system installation DIY style? You probably are weighing the costs, you’re considering the benefits of security and you’re wondering what is it that professional installation offers that you can’t do on your own. Multigenerational family in kitchen 83590572While there isn’t much that seems better than knowing you and your family are protected from the dangers of the world by a quality home security system it may seem difficult to justify paying someone else for a job you’re pretty sure you can do. So let’s remedy this debate by outlining some of the pluses and minuses of DIY vs. Professional home alarm system installation.

DIY Pluses

  • Cheap Equipment: You know it’s true, if you’re going to DIY your security system you’ll find a discount site where you can purchase knock-off or bargain brands. Because of the availability of cheap equipment DIY has the reputation of being less expensive than Professional installation.
  • 1257832_97691437Familiarity and Knowledge of the System: If you decide to install your security system you’re going to become best friends with the integral parts. This is definitely an upside to self-installation that homeowners who don’t DIY should STILL try to do- learn how it works.
  • Expansion: When you build your own security system you have an incredible horizon of expansion that is available to you, just buy more devices and hook them on up!

DIY Minuses

  • TIME: Do you realize this isn’t just an easy Saturday project? Unless you’ve done this before it is a time consuming process of learning how each device fits, how they sync up, how they function, what parts go where, which ones need extra care etc. The project begins with looking for each device on the Internet and isn’t over until you are up and running.
  • False Alarms: That’s right folks, DIY systems have a much greater likelihood of false alarms. Many homeowners actually suffer through false alarms simply thinking that’s part of owning a system, but we promise it’s not.

Professional Pluses

  • Experience: They’ve done it before and they’ll do it again. Don’t worry they’ve got the experience they need to do it right the first time, and if they don’t you can hold them accountable which leads right to the next point…
  • Delivery man ringing doorbell 177015974Responsible: From customer satisfaction guarantees to warranties on products your security company is going to be responsible to get the job done right. If there are problems with the devices or the wiring you can hold them accountable until the project is finished the right way.
  • Savings: No, these aren’t the savings you’re thinking of, they’re often bigger. Why just save on ONE down payment for a security system, when with a professional company you can often receive an insurance discount taken out of your home insurance premium. Those are YEARLY benefits that will continue to reward you. Additionally, they say time is money, so you decide if you’re time is invaluable or not.

Professional Minuses

  • Technicians Are Strangers: Most of the time technicians from your security company aren’t people you regularly see. You can always run the risk of someone impersonating a company tech entering your home and going through your things. It’s important to always go with a professional company that actually hires, trains, and background checks their technicians.
  • Contracts: When you go with professional security company you’re committed to stay with them for between 3 and 5 years so that they can make back the investment of picking up a new client. If you don’t want to be locked into a permanent relationship then professional companies are probably the last thing you want.

It can be very easy to minimize the importance or difficulty of a task like installing your security system, but that would only be a mistake. Take time to decide what really is the best for you!