Home security installation is pretty straightforward, but you still have a number of options when you’re deciding how to install your system.
You can do it on your own with security kits, or you can get a security professional to do it. We talk about deciding which route you want to go, professional or DIY, here if you need a refresher.
But whether you hire someone to install your system, or you do it yourself, there are a few things you want to consider.
1.Go Wired or Wireless
There are many types of home security system, but a basic decision you make early on is if you want a wired or wireless system.
Wireless systems are quite popular now, and they are pretty easy to install. So a popular option for DIYers. You might feel comfortable with installing your own wireless system and then hiring a monitoring company to help monitor your security and watch over the system.
You may also go the wired system route. They are a little more complicated and harder to DIY.
2.Process of Installing Wired or Wireless
Wired systems require more drilling, hiding wires, and fixing holes as you go. Holes will often need to be added if your home isn’t already set up for a wired home security system. This drilling all goes towards the control panel, wires, cameras, etc. How many holes and their location all depends on the layout of the house and the type of security kit you opt for.
Once all is said and done, the holes won’t really be noticeable as long as it is done correctly, but it may require some work to patch up when you leave your home. If you’re DIYing a wired system, be sure to plan your system thoroughly before hand.
If you’re worried about ruining dry wall, springing a leak, or other problems, simply have a professional install the security system for you or speak with a home security professional. They may help you plan your devices and the required holes. They have a trained eye that can help you set up efficiently without compromising the aesthetic of your home.
Wireless is more straightforward, but may require more troubleshooting and training to make sure your wireless network is secure.
3.How is Home Value Affected?
You’ll want to consider how your home security system affects your home value.
Even if you end up taking your wired security system with you, most potential buyers won’t be deterred by the holes. They may even appreciate that the hard work is already done for their wired system.
You may even end up leaving the security system and moving your monitoring company instead. Many buyers like that a home security system is already in place, whether it is wired or not. So whether you have pre-drilled holes or a home security system in place, it seems likely that it will add value to your property.
If you don’t want to deal with patching up holes or moving wires, simply opt for a wireless security system.
If your buyer doesn’t like the system or the holes, removal isn’t too hard. Security is the most important thing. A little work with removal or patching doesn’t take away from the security you get with your system.
4.How Much Creative Control Do You Want?
Wireless security systems allow more creative control when it comes to location and types of equipment. When you don’t have to worry about running wires to central locations or hiding them, placement is pretty easy.
Wired systems have fewer options all-in-all when it comes to creativity and layout. This would be a good thing to discuss with a home security professional so you can get the most out of whichever system you install.
Your home security professional knows the equipment and how to make the most of a home space. They can help you install your equipment efficiently for your space.
5.Do You Want A Monitoring Service?
Monitoring services are almost always recommended.
If you’re away, unable to wake-up, unable to answer your phone, you will want security to contact the authorities for you.
You may DIY your own security system then find a monitoring company that can manage your security system. This may require a technician to come to your home or they may be able to connect remotely.
Professional security companies often have their own monitoring service that comes with the package. When you are selecting your professionals or your monitoring service, you want to understand exactly what they are monitoring.
We recommend 24/7 monitoring for break-ins, fire, and carbon monoxide–monitoring for the basic home dangers. Further alerts and monitoring on things like water pipes are excellent and provide that much more security.
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to your home specifics and your potential security system. You aren’t alone. Home Professionals can connect you to the best home security professionals in your area. Get your questions answered with the help form below.