With so many options, it can be confusing when looking into purchasing a home security system. Eventually, you might find yourself wondering whether you should opt for a home security system that must be professionally installed. Is there an alternative to professional installation? In fact, there is! All security systems need to be installed, but it’s up to you whether a professional installs one for you, or if you install it yourself. It is true that professional installation might be easier and less work overall, but DIY installation is by far much more affordable (and perhaps much easier than you might expect). Each method has pros and cons for you to weigh. In this post we will discuss the pros and cons of a professionally installed home security system versus a DIY or do-it-yourself option! Hopefully, you’ll be able to make a better decision after getting the rundown.

Professional Installation

The benefits of professional installation:

  • You can relax
  • Professional expertise
  • It is easier

The downside of professional installation:

  • Hefty installation fees
  • Less control over the system set-up
  • Must schedule an appointment
  • More time consuming
  • Inconvenient to take time off to be there

The best part about having your home security system professionally installed is undoubtedly the part where you don’t have to do the work. You’re able to sit back and relax without having to worry about what plugs into where. It may seem like a breeze, and sometimes it can be….but take a moment to think about how this situation might actually go….

Typically, when you call to order your home security system, assuming you made the decision to go with a professional installer – you’ll determine a time for the installer to come by your home. You’re generally asked to be present when the installer comes by to get your system up and running. Depending on where you live, some companies can come to your home to install the same day that you call. Great news, if this is the case! However, you usually need to make the appointment a week out and then plan a 4 hour window of time to be home for the process. For many people this might not be a problem. It can be inconvenient to have to schedule a time to be home when the installer is also available. Most people work full-time jobs and setting aside 4 hours during a work day is a bit of an inconvenience. Although professional installation has it’s perks, it is not without drawbacks. There’s usually a much bigger upfront cost in the form of installation or activation fees. If you move to a new property, you’ll have to pay these fees all over again to have them come out and install it for you a second time. Definitely weigh your options accordingly before opting for a professional installer. Check out the prices and be sure there aren’t any hidden costs involved in getting your system installed professionally. A lot of companies like to send an installer/sales person out to a home so that the installer can suggest you purchase additional equipment once evaluating your home. Beware of this tactic. You’ll end up spending much more than you want if you’re not prepared for this type of encounter. In essence, you can pay someone to do install just about anything for you in your home if you don’t want to do the work to get it done yourself. However, we think it is unnecessary to pay for some of these things that end up being a lot easier and less time consuming than having a professional come out and do it for you.

DIY Installation

The secret of DIY installation is that it’s easy. Even though professional installation requires no work on your part, the “work” required for most do-it-yourself installations is minimal. Here are some pros and cons of DIY installation. The benefits include:

  • No installation fees
  • Install on your own schedule
  • Adjust the system how you want it
  • You can move your system whenever you want
  • You’ll learn about how your system works

The downside of DIY installation:

  • You do all the work
  • No in-person professional….however, they are usually on the phone guiding you

The best part about DIY installation is that it’s free. You don’t have to pay any installation fees since you’ll be doing it yourself. The good companies won’t leave you all alone to do this. For example, Protect America will have an installation professional walk you through each step over the phone so that DIY set-up is much easier than you might expect. When you install your system yourself, you don’t have to wait around for an installer. With do-it-yourself security systems, you can usually reconfigure your equipment or add more as you see fit, without having to hassle with an installer. Often, with do-it-yourself installation companies such as Protect America, you own the equipment, which means if you move to a new property, your equipment will move with you, with no fees and no hassle. In all cases, customers say that they’re able to set up their systems in about 30 minutes with little to no hassle. There are some situations where you really need a professional’s help. For example, any kind of hard-wired home security is going to be more difficult to install than wireless. If you want to talk to a professional to get a better idea on which type of system is best for you, feel free to call or chat with us anytime.

Protect America’s Promise

Our goal is to empower people and make it easy to choose the right decision for their home and family, whether that’s Protect America or not. We have quality DIY home security systems for as low as $19.99 a month and there are no installation or equipment fees! For more specific information on DIY home security, visit Protect America and we’ll help you throughout the entire process. When you choose a home security company, make sure it’s one you can trust – after all, you’re placing your most valued items in its care. And for more updates on security, visit us on Facebook!