We all want to save a few dollars, especially with the economy how it is, so you probably have found yourself asking if you should DIY your home security camera installation. We’re not going to tell you flat out that you shouldn’t, because that’d just be silly. You’re the master of your home and you should feel 100% comfortable with the people that you trust to do your security system installation. That said there’s plenty of reasons to DIY and plenty of reasons to have a professional do your home installation. We’re here to give you just a few of the pros and cons for both.
DIY is all the hype these days, but there are plenty of situations where just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you should. Here’s a list of the DIY security installation pros and cons:
- PRO: You’re going to save yourself some pain in the pocketbook. The reality is expertise costs time, so doing it yourself means you don’t have to pay someone else to come in and do it for you.
- CON: It’s going to cost you TIME if you decide to DIY your installation. As they say, “time is money” so either way you’re really coughing up money or time you could be spending doing other things that might be better as far as opportunity cost goes.
- PRO: Familiarity with your system! There is a definite advantage (if you decide to really do it right) to learning all about the system you’re installing! It’s always going to be better for you in the long run when it comes to sorting out false alarms, fixing glitches and understanding how to expand your system.
- CON: When you place your trust and the safety of your family in a security system, which seems more important to you? The supposed sense of accomplishment that comes from doing it yourself? Or maybe the knowledge that the installation was done right and the security system is really protecting you?
Concerning Professional Installation
Professionals are highly trained, especially if you make sure you’re hiring a technician from a company you can trust. Technicians are also capable of answering your questions and helping you to get the best out of your system.
- PRO: A professional technician is actually trained and educated in the process of installation. They aren’t just learning about a security system to get the cameras put on the roof, they’ve taken the time, or gained the hands-on experience it takes to know what really makes a system work.
- CON: Sometimes you run across a technician who isn’t trustworthy. One bad apple can ruin a whole bushel. Paying too much for a crook is never fun and a totally understandable reason to avoid subcontractors.
- PRO: Most homes experience a number of false alarms when they attempt a self-installation of the security system. Professionals will troubleshoot your system for you, and you can hold them accountable to keep coming back until everything is running smoothly.
You’re really going to have to decide what your priorities are. Do you care more about saving a few bucks, or having the confidence in your system that you know your family is protected? Or do you really want to have the intimate knowledge of your system so that you can take care of everything yourself? All valid reasons. What matters to you?