This post was originally published on July 5, 2019, and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering adding a security system to your home. Having a security system to protect your home is a great asset. However, there are multiple factors to consider, like choosing cameras, security features, and deciding between professional or DIY installation.
When it comes to DIY home security vs. professional installation, there are pros and cons to both. The best thing you can do before putting pen to paper is making the most informed decision based on your current security needs and budget. Continue reading to learn more.
DIY Home Security Installation
The do-it-yourself (DIY) option allows you to take home security into your own hands. DIY security products are readily available locally in big-box stores, or online at many retailers.
With a DIY system, you’re in charge of purchasing, installation, and monitoring. Perhaps one of the biggest pros of DIY installation is the cost. You’ll save on installation and monitoring fees and don’t have to sign a security contract.
However, it is important to note that many security systems are complex to install. Likewise, when all is said and done, you may be wondering if you installed it correctly without the assistance of a professional, or how to fix something if issues arise. Consider if you want to take that risk.
Professional Security Installation
With a professionally installed and monitored home security system, trained professionals design a custom system that fits your needs, install the equipment, and monitor your home 24/7/365.
On the day of installation, all you have to do is sit back and relax! A certified technician will come to your home to install the security system, test it to make sure it’s working properly, train you on how to use it, and teach you best practices for getting the most out of your home security.
Depending on the complexity and size of your system, installation can take as little as an hour or two. Likewise, having professional monitoring can come in handy when you’re away from your phone and miss a notification. You can be confident knowing that when an alarm does go off, the security company will call the police or fire department for you.
However, one last thing to note is that many home security providers require customers to sign a contract, which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Make sure you read the contract carefully to understand what you are committing to.
Which One is Right for Me?
There is never a clear-cut answer to this question, for each person’s scenario is different. However, to better help you decide between DIY home security vs. professional installation follow these guidelines below:
- Make a budget and decide how much you’re willing to spend on home security.
- Decide whether it is important to have 24/7/365 monitoring.
- Know how long you plan to stay in your current home.
- Are you physically capable of installing a security system yourself?
- Is it important to have it look professional?
- Can you fix it yourself if something goes wrong?
The home improvement market is flourishing, with projected market value expected to increase significantly in the coming years. When deciding the best options for a home security system, please consider all of you personal factors.
What You Get with ADS Security
If you were to choose to work with ADS Security, contracts come with a service guarantee if something goes wrong with your system. You can also count on faster response times with first responders, thanks to an elite monitoring center that the team owns and operates.
We install all of our systems for free and include the ADS Aniware App, so you can view cameras and arm your home using your phone. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of professional installation and monitoring, contact ADS Security today!