Is DIY home security worth it?

Is DIY home security worth it?

Debating whether to install a DIY home security system or leave it to a professional?

To help you decide whether it's worth the effort, we'll go over the pros of DIY security:

  • Cheaper than professionally installed security systems
  • Easy to add and remove devices and move systems

And the cons of DIY security:

  • Not customized to your home and surroundings
  • Relies on low quality or self-monitoring
  • Difficult to install in large, multi-level homes

Want a free quote for a professional to install your system? Call Ackerman Security at 800.552.1111 or contact us online. Our security experts will come evaluate your home and give you a free, no-obligation quote for a custom home security system.

Pros of DIY home security

Pro #1: Cost

Installing your security system yourself will cost significantly less than having a professional do it.

With a DIY security system, you'll have to pay for:

With a professional installation, you'll have to pay for the above, plus:

Learn more about balancing security system cost and equipment in our blog, "What to Look for In A Home Security System."

Pro #2: Flexibility

If you consider yourself tech-savvy, you can install new home security devices yourself without having to call a professional.

Most DIY security systems use smart devices (cameras, alarms, door locks, etc.)—controlled and monitored by a smartphone app—that:

  • Come with instructions to walk you through setup
  • May come with tech support if you need help with installation

Since the security devices are wireless and designed to sync with other devices, you shouldn't have any issues installing cameras or alarms that can connect to your home automation devices—or vice versa.

Plus, since DIY systems aren't customized to your home, they can be transferred from one house to another, saving you from having to buy a whole new system if you ever move.

Cons of DIY home security

Con #1: Customization

DIY home security systems are designed for anyone to easily install in their home, which means they're essentially a one-size-fits-all security solution.

Professionally installed systems, on the other hand, are specifically designed for your home and surroundings.

At Ackerman Security, we tailor your security system by sending a security expert to your home to:

  1. Discuss your security concerns and needs.
  2. Assess your house and yard for weak points and blind spots.
  3. Recommend the best alarms and cameras to protect your home.

Con #2: Security monitoring quality

Most DIY security systems rely on you to "self-monitor" video cameras via an app. While you can set mobile notifications for when an alarm goes off, you can't be available 24/7 to call for help if needed.

Some DIY security systems might offer professional monitoring for an extra fee, but not all companies will guarantee their monitoring services. At Ackerman Security, we guarantee our security monitoring with 2 guarantees:

  • We'll call for help within 45 seconds in an emergency.
  • We'll pay you back double what you lost if your home is robbed under an armed Ackerman security system.

Con #3: Installation in large homes

Installing a DIY home security system in a large or multi-level home can result in a poor system connection if improperly installed.

Security system devices rely on their connection to the main panel or hub. That means if a sensor or camera is far from the hub (the device that ensures all devices work together), it may not work as well as it should.

If you have a large, multi-level home, we recommend consulting a security expert to ensure sensors, alarms and cameras are placed where they have a strong connection to the rest of the system.

Get a free home security installation quote

Call 800.552.1111 or contact us online for a free quote.

At Ackerman Security, we've spent the last 50 years protecting Atlanta homes. Our security experts are ready to assess your property, so you get a home security system customized to your unique needs. We're here to help keep your home and family safe 24/7.