One of the biggest perks of professional installation is greater assurance that your security system will be properly installed. This will not only save you time in the long run, but could also help you save money by avoiding improper installation and potentially dealing with a break-in. Additionally, any system maintenance can typically be handled by the provider if your system is covered under warranty, and a technician can answer your questions.
On the negative side of things (depending on what you like), if you go with professional installation, in most cases you’ll have to pay a fee. The cost of professional installation could start as low as $79 and varies from there depending on the provider you choose and any promotions that may be available. Providers that offer professional installation usually require a contract as well. Many providers like ADT, Protect America, Guardian Protection, and others require a contract for their services.
With professional installation you’ll have to set aside time for your appointment. We’d recommend professional installation if you don’t mind paying the additional fee and if you don’t feel comfortable setting up the system yourself. It’s better to not take any chances if you don’t have to and make sure that your system is properly installed.
*Vivint requires a contract if you choose to finance your home security equipment. You can learn more with our Vivint overview.
One of the biggest benefits you’ll find with DIY installation is the ability to avoid entering into a contract with DIY providers. Most DIY providers do not require customers to enter in a contract, and some even allow customers to monitor their own security systems, avoiding a monthly monitoring fee.
Additionally, with a DIY security system, you can usually find less expensive professional monitoring rates and greater accessibility for those who rent or move more frequently. With a DIY system, you could pay as little as $8.33/mo. for professional monitoring
With DIY installation, you’ll need to make sure you’re comfortable setting up your system. In many cases, providers have support pages that you can reference for tutorials or help documentation. Some providers even offer professional installation as an option for a fee. Providers like SimpliSafe, Protect America, and Alder Security have this option with their services.
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