by Colleen McArthur
(Boston, Mass, USA)
Having home security systems installed professionally can prove to be costly. There are various charges to consider, including installation, maintenance, and monitoring services. If you’re looking to cut security costs, but maintain security measures for peace-of-mind, you can put together a do-it-yourself alarm systems for less than a professionally installed and monitored system. Here are some of the things to take into consideration when going the DIY route.
One of the benefits of going the DIY route for home security is that you can save costs on features and equipment you don’t deem necessary for your situation. With a professionally installed package, you do have options as to what features you purchase, but there is less room for flexibility. Putting together your own system piece-meal gives you the option to choose how many cameras you want installed, how many window and door sensors, and what technical features you want (wireless networking, DVR capability, remote activation, and so on).
Again, with a DIY system, you will save money on paying for installation labor fees. But what you save in money, you’ll pay for in time to research best practices and actual installation. If you are handy with tools, and aren’t intimidated with some drilling and minor cosmetic work, you can find plenty of resources from manufacturer sites and public forums to help walk you through installation.
When you pay for a home security package and monitoring service, you have the added benefit of technical support. Some providers will send out technicians at no extra charge if something happens to malfunction with your equipment. Again, with a DIY system, you might get minimal help from equipment manufacturers, but you’re essentially on your own for upkeep and trouble-shooting.
When purchasing and installing home security equipment yourself, you have the benefit of equipment ownership. That means if you were to move to a new property, you can take your equipment with you. Many DIY security kits are compact and portable, making it ideal for long-term property renters. For professional providers, many companies rent out the equipment to users, and after residents are done using it, or decide to move out, the equipment is taken back.
When going with a national security provider like ADT systems, residents have the peace-of-mind that any breach of the system will notify monitoring centers and law enforcement automatically. However, this is a service that is paid for on a subscription basis. With a DIY home security kit, you’re on your own to contact the emergency responders.