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.
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 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.
- Sit back and relax
- Professional expertise
- Installation fees
- Less control over system setup
- Must schedule an appointment
The best part about DIY installation is that it's free—you don't have to pay installation fees. Plus, 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 FrontPoint, SimpliSafe, and 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.