The difference is a choice for you to make, so let’s try to make it easier for you

The world has been a dangerous place to live for centuries and that is not about to change anytime soon, and with about two million homes broken into in the US each year, the stakes are sky high. In this article, we are going to look at How to Install Home Security Systems. To keep your home and family safe, you need to stay ahead of the bad guys. And what better way to outsmart them than with the installation of a home security system.

A fair few homeowners are spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars annually to keep their homes safe. It might sound like a long shot, but when you factor in the worth of valuables in your home and what you stand to lose in the event of a burglary, it might be worth it after all. But the decision on whether to call in the pros and let them do the job or go down the DIY way has always been a tricky choice for many.

The good thing about all this is that criminals usually gain entry into your house through almost similar weak points in the structure. These include the doors, garage, windows and the basement. So this narrows down the list of places you need to secure. However, you need to make the right decision on whether to let a security company do the job or get down and dirty yourself.

Here are a few things you need to know about DIY and Professional system installation before getting started and at the end of this article you will find a short how-to video which is worth watching to learn more about the way the installation should be carried out.

Is DIY Installation difficult?

The first and most crucial aspect to consider is whether you are in a position to get things right. If you are a complete technical novice, then you can know right off the bat this isn’t for you, at least not yet. For those with a little technical know-how, a wireless security system installation could be easier and easy to pull off. Thankfully, these systems have manuals that explain everything that you need to do during the setup. Even some companies have a dedicated technical support team that goes with you every step of the way, addressing any questions or concerns that come up during the installation.

In the case of a wired system, you need to be a bit more knowledgeable in the technical world or just simply leave it up to the pros. These systems can be complex, as they involve installing cables in different places, drilling holes in walls and any other modifications that you may have to do.

Why Pro installation outweighs the DIY option

A pro system security installation comes with its fair share of advantages that make it more reliable than the do-it-yourself option. It’s not to say that the DIY option is a bad idea, but you can find some aspects of the Pro installation that you can use to your advantage.  

One of the top reasons to consider a pro installation is that you can be sure to get a top quality installation. Besides, they can take you through several steps on how the system works, and what you can do in case of any problem. This option also lets you save time, as the technicians can do it quite faster than you would yourself. Not forgetting, the whole process can be quite demanding if you are not adept at this type of installation, so yeah, you can save yourself the struggle too.

There’s yet another reason why you might need to consider letting a pro do the installation. With the level of expertise in them, they usually tent to know better what would work best for your home. Calling in someone who knows more about these systems could help you get a better insight into what to go for, which could save you money, time and a frustrating hassle down the line.

The downsides

Here’s a breakdown of the problems that go with having a pro-security system installation;

One of them is that you may have to change your schedule to meet the appointment, which can be inconvenient if it’s slotted within the week.

As a quite an invasive approach, it also comes with a little compromise to your privacy. However, you shouldn’t be much worried about as long as you are working with professionals you can trust.

The aspect of cost always looms large, as the equipment costs money, and now the expenses you have to undergo to pay the technicians.

Why DIY could be the best for you

As it turns out, the professional installation is not the only great option. The DIY one comes with its share of advantages that are worth considering too. First off, with this option, you will know the entire system, which makes it easier to troubleshoot or repair in case of any problem. Besides, this option enables you to save on costs, since you only spend on the equipment, which is cheaper than if you had to pay someone else to do the job too.

What’s more, you can work on it according to your schedule. Even if it takes days to complete the work, it would be more convenient as long as you don’t have to compromise your work or daily schedule. Above all, if you don’t like the idea of strangers walking across your home from room to room, then this could be a great way to get the installation in place but without sacrificing your privacy.

The DIY installation is also more flexible, as you can decide what to put at any particular place. Even better, when it comes to moving out of the property, you can easily take down your system and take it with you to install it in your new home.

The downsides

Here are a few downsides to this approach;

One of those is the difficulty that’s involved with the process, especially for people with no technical know-how. And for the wired one, it could be difficult even for the technically knowledgeable ones.  

There’s always the potential of getting it all wrong, and not realizing that the system isn’t working until the unimaginable happens, and it’s too late.

Making the wrong drills on your wall, especially with the wired system, could mean additional repairs that might cost you money in the long haul.

What makes this option sound as not such a good idea is that you might not have a warranty that would otherwise cover you in case anything went wrong.

The Cost

If there’s one aspect, you can’t help but think of at the back of your mind. Well, it’s definitely something worth putting into serious consideration altogether. It’s worth noting that any of these options will still cost you money. The only difference is that a system installation by the pros is more likely to cost you more. Even then, the prices are not a clear-cut sort of situation for any of the options. The available DIY kits, as well as the system installation services out there, are differently priced, to say the least. The best you can do at this point is doing a bit of footwork to find out what works best for you within the set budget you have for this purpose.   

On the same lines, you also need to look into the warranty aspect. This is where the DIY installation can be less exciting, as it doesn’t come with an overall warranty although you can get a warranty on the specific components. But with a pro installation system, you can have a warranty for the whole system, which offers an enticing peace of mind for many. Again, the choice to go for still boils down to a matter of choice, so it’s best to weigh your options beforehand.

Making the right choice

As we have mentioned before, the installation to go for in this case is not a rule of thumb matter. Rather, it all boils down to your expertise in matters regarding the installation of such systems. The aspect of cost and warranty also play a crucial role here, so keep an eye on that as well. Also, make sure to factor in the other issues we’ve outlined above to make the right choice. Thankfully, it’s all a matter of choice, the most important thing here is to get a working and effective system in place. Both of these options can help protect your home and valuables. So go for the one that works best for your needs.

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