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Alarm system DIY vs Pro installation

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. Generally, DIY installation is cheaper, but professional installation is easy. Both methods have their pros and cons—we’ll give you the rundown so you can decide which installation method works best for you.

Professional Installation
security system control panel The best part of professional installation is that you get to sit back and relax while your system is installed for you. Typically, when you call to order your security system, you’ll nail down a time that will work for you and a professional installer, so you can be home while the system is being installed. Depending on where you live, some companies can come to your home the same day you call, so your waiting time is minimal.

Another reason to choose professional alarm installation is that you benefit from a professional’s experience. An installer can make sure your equipment is set up correctly, walk you through the ins and outs of your system, and make suggestions for how to best secure your home.

Although professional installation has its perks, it’s not without drawbacks. There’s usually a bigger upfront cost in the form of installation or activation fees. It can also be inconvenient to schedule a time to be home when an installer is available. Furthermore, if a system requires professional installation and you move to a new property, you may have to pay a second installation fee to move your equipment, or even leave some equipment behind.

No Work For You
You can just sit back and relax while someone installs your home security system. You won’t need to worry about if you did it wrong or spend time listening to automated directions or reading a pamphlet. You’ll need to clear time to be home during the install, but you can get other things done during this time and leave the work up to the professional.

Professional expertise
If you go it alone with DIY, there’s a chance you might miss something. This could cost you a lot more time and effort or worse, cause you to suffer an undetected break-in. Plus, if a professional technician comes out to install your system, you’ll be able to take advantage of his/her knowledge. Get the most for your money by asking him/her to walk you through your system, its functions, and how to operate it. That way, you can experience success from day one.

Possible Discounts
If you pay for a professional alarm installation, companies might include cost-saving incentives. This is subject to availability, but look out for promotions that will give you more equipment or package upgrades if you pay for an installation.

Installation fees
If a technician has to come out to install your system, it’ll cost you. You can expect to pay up to $300 for this type of service unless there’s a promotion going on.

Less control over system setup
When you install a system yourself, you can do everything you want. A technician is going to set it up standard. If you want them to customize everything, make sure to ask or you’ll end up having to do some work yourself despite paying for the service.

Must schedule an appointment
You’ll save time by not having to install your home security system, but you’ll still have to make time to be home when the technician comes. If you’re busy, this could be a pain since you’ll have to clear your schedule to get your equipment installed.


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