Which is Better For You? Professional Installation or DIY Installation
As you’ve been researching home security systems, you’ve probably come across these two options for installation: professional or DIY (do-it-yourself). If you’re like some, you’re probably not sure what a DIY home security system is – or how the two are different. To clarify, DIY (do-it-yourself) home security systems are those in which you can set up your equipment on your own. Professionally installed security systems are set up by technicians.
If you’re still on the fence, here are some questions that can also help to guide your reasoning:
Would you feel comfortable installing your own security system?Would you mind paying an installation fee?Do you want to be able to easily relocate your security system if you move?Are you fine with taking time off (if necessary) to have your security system installed?Do you want to be able to self-monitor your security system, or would you prefer professional monitoring?
- Greater assurance the system is properly installed
- Maintenance typically handled by the provider
- Technician can answer questions you may have
- Usually requires signing a contract
- Usually requires an installation fee
- Could end up purchasing more equipment than needed
*Vivint requires a contract if you choose to finance your home security equipment. You can learn more with our Vivint overview.
Why ADT Security Is Our Pick for Professional Installation
DIY Installation Pros and Cons
With ADT’s longevity in the industry and excellent guarantees, we recommend the provider if you’re looking for a professionally installed security system. An ADT professional will come out to your home and assess your needs to determine the proper equipment for your home, no matter the size. He or she will also ensure your system is working properly so you won’t have to be concerned with troubleshooting. ADT installation typically costs $99 but could be more depending on the equipment you purchase.
Popular DIY Home Security Providers
- Most do not require a contract
- Monitoring is usually cheaper
- Better for people who rent or move frequently
- May have to pay for equipment upfront
- Could improperly install the system
- May be responsible for repairs
| Professional monitoring starts at|| $14.99/mo.|| $44.99/mo.|| $14.99/mo.|
| Installation|| DIY/Professional is optional|| DIY|| DIY|
| Contract length|| No contract required|| No contract required|| No contract required|
| Trial period|| 60 days|| 30 days|| 60 days|
| BBB rating|| A+|| A+|| A|
Why SimpliSafe Is Our Pick for DIY Installation
With SimpliSafe’s inexpensive professional monitoring, no contract payment design, and easy setup, we’ve chosen the provider as our pick for DIY installation. SimpliSafe offers a lot of perks for customers, especially for those who may be on a budget or are renting. There is no installation fee with SimpliSafe, and the provider makes it easy to get assistance with their Help Center. If you decide that installing your security system isn’t a route that you’d like to go but would still like to choose SimpliSafe as your provider, you can have a professional install your system for you for $79.00.