We all like to think of ourselves as pretty handy when it comes to installations around the house. But when it comes to your security system, you may be wondering: DIY or hire a professional? Sometimes the answer is easy, while other times, the issue isn’t so cut and dried.
DIY Home Security
You don’t want to mess with home security unless you really know what you’re doing. When facing a do it yourself home security project, there are some questions you should ask yourself. Have you ever done a project of this scope before? Do you have experience in electrical wiring? Have you done your research on all the alarm systems and locks out there? Perhaps you’re capable of installing deadbolts and door knob locks, but when it comes to the alarm system itself, you’re better off hiring a professional. Whatever you decide, keep a few things in mind:
- Don’t equip a lightweight door with a heavy duty lock system. The door and lock should be comparable in strength.
- Consider motion detecting sensors outdoors, so when a burglar approaches your home, the alarm will go off.
- Install secondary locks on all doors.
- Set up cameras around your property.
- Remove large bushes in front of your windows so burglars can’t hide in them.
Pros of DIY Install
There are many pros of DIY home security systems, not the least of which is cost. You can purchase the system you want online or in a store and save on the cost of labor by installing it yourself. You can go at your own pace and install it as you go without feeling rushed. You don’t have to go through the hassle of setting up an appointment with a professional and you don’t have to waste much of your day waiting for him or her to show up. You save on the installation fees plus you have more control over how your system is set up.
Cons of DIY Install
On the other side of the token, there are a few cons to do it yourself home security. First off, if you don’t have the expertise or patience level to install the type of system you want, it’s best to hire a professional. This person knows what he’s doing and likely installs systems on a daily basis, so you know it’s done right and up to code. Letting a pro take over also means you can sit back and relax while the work is being done. The installation goes smoothly and quickly due to this expertise and ease of operation.
When considering do it yourself home safety systems, there are many factors to look at before making that decision.