DIY or DISomeone Else?
As a fellow do-it-yourselfer, I understand the reluctance of paying someone for a task that your able body could readily perform... couldn't it? And there's the rub; the absolute last thing you want to have doubts about is your home security system. To DIY or not to DIY, that is the question.
Pros: DIY Home Security Systems
- Wireless Options. Now that so many wireless DIY home security systems are available in the market today, installation can be a snap. However, deciding whether to go wired or wireless isn't just about ease of installation. Be sure you do your homework and are confident about your decision.
- Utilizes Basic Tools. You won't have to go out and refurnish your toolbox for this home security DIY, whether you decide to go wireless or wired.
- Customization. While many providers offer customized security systems, each package still has all the basic components, some just have more of one thing or more of another. By educating yourself on home security and determining just what your home needs, you can get exactly what you want and nothing more.
Cons: DIY Home Security Systems
- Wiring. If you choose to go with a wired security system, you could be looking at a huge project.
- Lack of Expertise. There are a lot of factors that go into installing a DIY home security system. If you do decide to go the DIY route, be sure to do your homework ahead of time and have a thorough grasp of not only the technical aspect (the actual installation), but also the strategy behind the installation. Map your home and zones ahead of time, and establish familiarity with all security system components.
- Cost. Seems odd that this would be on the Con list, right? The thing is, many home security providers, such as Brinks, Protect America, and APX, throw in the equipment and installation for free with the purchase of a home security monitoring plan. So if you're interested in purchasing a monitoring plan, you might end up saving a lot of time, money, and hassle by letting the experts do it for you.