You’re feeling empowered because of all the DIY projects you’ve handled in your life and you think you can totally handle your own home security camera installation. That’s fair. Who am I to say you’re not. But before you run off with a drill and some screws you might want to take a moment and consider the potential issues of DIY home security installation. There are definitely pros and cons to both sides if the argument and jumping the gun because you think you’ve got it all in the bag might not be the best decision.
DIY Home Security Camera Installation
DIY is a pretty big craze right now, but popularity doesn’t make it the best choice ever. Still, DIY is guaranteed to provide you with some definite benefits. Here are some of the pros and cons of DIY home security installation.
- Product familiarity: If you decide to install your alarm system you’re going to need to do your homework first. Each device is meant to be positioned in a specific way and requires particular wiring or syncing. For this reason, to do it right, you’ll end up with a fairly substantial knowledge of the various parts of the system. Who’s could argue that’s not a good thing?
- Cost: Oh the champion victory of DIY- you’re going to save money! With security companies that allow you self-installation you’ll save money paying for a technician. If you design and implement the security system yourself you can even save money on devices.
- Expansion: It’s easier to expand the system when you know how it all works together. This means down the road you’ll be able to do your own updates.
- False alarms: You have no idea how annoying continual false alarms can be, until you suffer through weeks of them. But DIYing your system is vastly more likely to end up with glitches and kinks that need to be worked out before the system works correctly.
- Low Quality Installation: There’s more to installation than just popping a camera up on the roof. Most technicians bring along a head full of experience that they use to devise the best positions for your devices.
Professional System Installation
Calling up a technician can be a pain out of pocket, and there are some companies out there that use subcontractors you probably don’t feel comfortable inviting into your home—let alone asking to set up your security system. Still, if you choose a quality security company for your professional installation you’re guaranteed expertise that can make a great difference.
- Expertise: Smart companies that really mean to provide you with quality service will train up experts to provide their technical service. With expert technicians you can count on their knowledge base. Field your questions, and call them back if you need someone to troubleshoot the system.
- Save Time: Time is money, so while no one says it, you’re guaranteed to save yourself time if you’ll just call for professional help. That or you choose to cut back on familiarizing yourself with the product in order to just get it up quicker and you lose quality in the security. A professional has installed security cameras a thousand times, they’ll know how to get it done quickly and efficiently.
- Guarantees: Most professionals can be held accountable to the service the provide, which means you can make them come back again and again until the job is done right.
- Cost: You pay a person for their expertise. Professionals cost more than doing it with your own two hands.
- Dependency: If you ask a professional to do your installation, you’ll have to call back the professional any time you have a problem that needs fixing. Every update will need help as well.
You see, there are reasons to reconsider both options. Before you decide which you want it’s important to determine what’s going to really provide you with the best sense of security and peace of mind that your family is protected.