Even if the thought of setting up your own home security system leaves you in a panic, there are significant advantages over professional installation that shouldn’t be ignored.

Before you make a decision that could affect your safety, not to mention your wallet, check out our guide to help you make an educated choice.

Professional Installation

In a professional installation, the security company, or a licensed sub-contractor, will install the system for you. They will send someone from their company to your house and that person will make sure that everything is installed and working properly.


• Zero Effort

In a professional installation, you don’t have to do anything but be home. There is no effort on your part and you don’t have to spend hours reading manuals and wondering if everything is working properly. Someone will come to your home and do everything for you and when they’re done, they will explain how it all works and how to operate it yourself.

• Confidence

When a professional installs your system, you can be confident that everything was done correctly and will work properly should the worst happen. You can ask them questions, understand how things work, and know that the system is being installed to fit your specific needs.


• Cost

The cost of having a system professionally installed is usually much higher. This is the biggest reason most people choose to install it themselves.

• Time

Because you have to rely on someone else to install the system, you have to schedule a time that suits both you and the professional. Sometimes this can lead to delays which can make a huge difference if you need the system installed urgently.

DIY (Do-it-Yourself) Installation

For many people, the advantages of DIY outweigh the disadvantages. In a DIY installation, you would buy the security system from a security company and then install it yourself. DIY installation has become commonplace, so many of the best home security companies offer great support – with live support and video guides.


• Cost

DIY is not cheaper, it’s completely free. This is the biggest advantages to doing it yourself. You don’t have to pay any installation fees.

• Availability

When installing a home protection system yourself, you don’t have to schedule and wait for a professional to come and install it.

• Moving

A common complaint about the home security industry is the need to pay a new installation fee, or renew a lengthy contract, if you move home. If you install the system yourself, when you move to a new home, you simply take the system with you and install it again, saving you potentially significant costs.

• It’s Simple

Wireless security systems are not complicated to install, and most companies that provide DIY security systems will have very clear instructions to help you do it quickly and easily.


• Cost

The cost of installation is lower, but sometimes the systems themselves can be more expensive because you usually have to own the equipment, not lease it. Although, upfront payment usually means a cheaper monthly fee and shorter contract.

• Time

It takes time to install and you have to do it yourself. With a professional installation, you can just sit back and let someone else do everything for you!


Always make sure to read all of the information about a security system and how it is installed. Whether you’re looking for a professionally-installed or DIY system, our expert reviews contain all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Nancy Spencer
If there is one thing you can say about Nancy is that she’s a caring person dedicated at providing exceptional customer service. A Regional Sales Manager, Nancy excels at managing her loyal staff and implementing the values of home protection and safety online as well as offline.
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