If you want to improve home security as the holiday season approaches, you’re definitely making a smart decision. One of the best ways to boost security will be the purchase of a home security system. To get the most benefits out of this system, you should have it professionally installed.
Some people do opt for DIY installation and we don’t really recommend this. It costs less, to be sure, but there’s always the risk that the system won’t be installed correctly. When it comes to crime, a system which isn’t functioning properly due to amateur installation may mean the difference between life and death.
Today, we’d like to share information about the advantages and disadvantages of professional and DIY installation of home security systems.
Pros and Cons of Professional Installation
When you choose pro installation, you’ll enjoy so many benefits. For example, you won’t need to do any work at all. A technician will come to you and make sure that your system is installed perfectly. The technician will arrive when it’s convenient for you and he or she will take care to work promptly, with attention to detail.
His or her goal will be to get your new security system up and running with as little interruption to your normal lifestyle as possible. Some companies offer same-day service, while others have minimal wait times.
Another advantage of this type of installation is that you’ll access lots of training, education and experience. Your installer will ensure that your equipment is in good working order. In addition, he or she will discuss the benefits of the system with you and offer you advice about how to enhance security, via the system and other security processes.
As with anything, professional installation has its drawbacks. One is cost. You will need to pay more upfront. You’ll have to pay activation and installation fees. As well, you’ll need to be there when the technician or technicians arrive. As well, if you decide to move, you’ll need to have the technicians move your security equipment and set it up at the new location.
Pros and Cons of DIY Installation
When you choose DIY installation, you’ll be in control of the installation and setup of your new security system. You’ll be in charge. This may be a pro or a con, depending on just how tech-savvy and handy you are. If you think you can handle installation of a high-tech security system, you may be right.
However, one of the big drawbacks of DIY installation is that you may miss something important as you install. Pros with years of experience are not going to miss anything. The chief advantage of DIY installation is that it’s free. However, it’s not always free in the sense that time is money. Your time is valuable and many amateurs need to put a lot of time and effort into installing their new systems.
If you want to avoid the hassles and headaches, we definitely recommend professional installation. It’s just easier and the cost of it is likely a lot less than you think. Your time will be your own. You won’t need to waste it trying to set up something that you aren’t familiar with.
How to Find the Right Professional
Now that you understand the pros and cons of DIY and professional installation, you’ll be able to decide which option is right for you. We believe in pro installation, so we hope that you choose to go this route. The key to finding the right professional is vetting provider companies before you hire.
In general, people arrange for professional installation via the same companies that they buy their security systems from. So, before you purchase, you should see if pro installation is available. As well, you should take a close look at any company that you want to buy from. The company should have very strong reviews and provide exceptional customer service, before, during and after a sale.
There are lots of great companies out there. Choose the best in order to find the perfect system and installation team. Then, prepare to enjoy heightened security which gives you greater peace of mind. A good security system is an excellent deterrent to theft and violence.