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5 Cons to DIY Home Security Installation

August 20th, 2019

Even if you are handy with tools and are comfortable with technology, there are some cons to weigh when thinking about DIY home security. It’s not always worth the hassle of DIY to save a few bucks. In the long run, your home may be more secure and have smarter features if you choose a professional security company instead. Here are just a few drawbacks to a do-it-yourself security system…

1: Improper Installation5 Cons to DIY Home Security

Communication between installed devices, sensors and other smart home technology is critical. Making sure all your equipment works seamlessly together and communication isn’t interrupted is an important part of ensuring your home security system will be reliable.


You need to be aware of the proper device settings, how to sync them to your alarm panel, the max distance you can have between devices, which devices act as a signal repeater and more. Sounds complicated? It can be. Especially with smart home features that are wired into your home it’s often best left to the professionals. You don’t want to wake up to a cold house because you didn’t wire the thermostat correctly. Or worse yet, you don’t receive that real-time alert when an intruder enters your home.


Security company installation technicians are thoroughly trained on all the intricacies of security equipment. When it’s your security at stake you want to be certain your alarm system isn’t going to fail when you need it the most. Upon professional installation of a security system your technician will do a system check to ensure functionality and teach you how to use the system.

2: Easily Hacked or Disabled

Some home security systems use technology that can be easily hacked or disabled. In recent news you may have read about the devices that are available to purchase that can block the signals of your sensors allowing intruders to break into your home unnoticed. This happens when alarm systems are designed using the basic radio wave technology rather than encrypted signals.


If you choose a reliable, trustworthy security company you can rest assured that they are only selling and providing secure solutions. Systems like Select Home IQ feature encrypted signals so your devices can communicate wirelessly, but securely. You also know that your privacy is intact and that criminals won’t be able to access or override your security system.


3: Limited or Costly Add-On Devices

Many DIY security systems are sold as a kit and can not be modified, or additions can come with a steep price tag. One of the perks of a modern home security system is the ability to add on a variety of smart home features such as smart locks, lights, thermostats, garage door openers and more. With a DIY system you might be limited if the system only offers proprietary equipment and doesn’t take advantage of the latest technology to incorporate an array of smart devices.


With a professional security company you will have step-by-step assistance from designing your original home security system, learning how to use the equipment and even adding on to it down the road as your home and family needs change.


4: No Warranty

Ever have trouble with technology and wish you could call someone and have them fix it for you? With a professional security system provider, you can get support over the phone or in person. If equipment malfunctions a service technician will make a home visit and correct the problem. If the equipment is faulty, they will replace it for you. No screwdrivers, hammer or hair pulling! It’s up to your provider to make your life easier. With a DIY system the warranty is often limited, and the cost of repairs and replacement parts may be entirely on you.


5: No Monitoring or Expensive Subscription Fees

To enable all the features of your DIY security system you may need to pay a monthly subscription fee to ensure you are able to receive alerts and self-monitor your system.


Yes, professionally installed systems come with monthly fees for monitoring as well. However, with a professionally installed system you often get great deals or free equipment when you sign your service contract. This means your getting better equipment, better service and better customer support. And you are ultimately paying the same price or even less in the long run.


Not all DIY systems have professional monitoring service options. Once you install your system and decide that self-monitoring just isn’t cutting it, you may want to add on monitoring. Don’t learn after the fact that this option isn’t available and then end up having to purchase and install an entirely new system.


Do your research before you decide on a which security system is right for you and your home. Understanding the features and capabilities of your security system is important. Often, these systems grow with us and you may want to add on new smart home devices down the road. Even if you don’t want to purchase the features now, consider how you may want to expand in the future. Invest in a system that can grow with your family.



Select SmartHome can help you from start to finish. As your security partner we will work with you step-by-step to get you set up with a system that works for your home and needs. Give us a call today at 844-735-3285 to get started!

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