Pros & Cons of DIY vs Professional Technician for Installing Home Security Products

Keeping the home environment secure is a job that has to be done and a home security system should be installed. There is a debate around whether it is best to install these types of systems yourself, or call out a professional company to get the job done. Before making a decision, it is always best to weigh up the pros and cons of DIY versus professional installation.

DIY installation

The pros

When it comes to DIY installation, the labour costs are free and there are no installation fees. Also, you know your household inside out and also have an idea of its weaknesses in terms of security. You also have unique insights into any new plans for redevelopment or adding to the property. You can gauge what type of system you will need to buy for now, and can add more to it as the security needs of the house changes in the near future.

It could be that you are thinking ahead and planning for a move in the next few years, you will want to take your DIY home security systemto your new home. This means no additional installation fees or costs to move the equipment across. If you are installing the equipment, you get to do this on your own time without having to make an appointment and wait for a professional to fit you into their schedule.

The cons

On the downside, it is you that has to do the work. If you are self employed, this means lost earnings while you turn your attention to putting in your home security system. Even if you are on the payroll, you then have to put aside any spare time you have to get on with the job in hand. This means eating into any family time, using up your days off when you could be out and about with the kids.

Then there is the time spent going through the manuals and instructions, possibly contacting online help and holding onto the phone while you get connected. You are going to have to teach yourself how to use the system, as you will not have the professional guidance that an experienced home security company can offer.

It is also worth checking out your household insurance as well because if you did install a system yourself and it was not working properly, any claims for burglary or theft may be invalid. The same goes for the warranty that comes with the equipment, unless installed by a professional, it may be invalid as well.

 

Professional installation

The cons

There will be a cost in installing, testing and checking the equipment if it works. This is because you are paying for a qualified technician to come out to the property on top of the cost of buying the system. The professional technician is also going to set everything up as standard, whereas you may require a more customized approach as a DIY installer. It may be tempting to redo some of the work yourself despite having paid the installation fees. To combat this, you need to be clear when communicating to the technician about your needs.

You will also have to book an appointment because you need to be at home when the technician arrives. Clearing a space in your diary and taking time off work has to be balanced with the time it would take you to install the equipment, provided you had the inclination to do so.

The pros

Putting it quite simply, there is no work for you to do which has to be the biggest bonus. You can be at home and getting on with other jobs around the house while your system is being installed. There is no need to wade through technical manuals or sit on a phone listening to instructions, as the professional technician will come in and install the equipment and show you how it works.

As a professional company installing the equipment, they are trained and equipped to deal with electrical power points. Therefore, the risk of an injury or incident that could knock out your power or cause you harm, is drastically minimised. Unless you are a qualified electrician, you might do something that will cause serious problems.

They will ensure that everything is fitted and working well before they leave your premises. If you had to do this yourself, there is a chance you could miss out on an important step or connection which leads to more time wastage, and possibly having to call in the professionals after all.

Whether you plan to take the DIY route or get a professional technician to get the job done, speak to a home security systems specialist who can help design the best system to suit your lifestyle needs – it will make the task at hand a lot easier and stress-free.

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