A house alarm DIY installation is probably the first thing the true do it yourself homeowner considers when thinking about home security. You just plain want to save the time waiting to have a professional come do the job and want to save some money over having them do it as well. Besides, you think you are a pretty handy person and you want to be the one responsible for having done the job of protecting family and home. But there are some things you will want to think about before you buy your security system.
Begin by talking to your insurance company and seeing if they can provide you with a list of recommended burglar alarm systems. Assuming you do buy one off this list, then it’s pretty safe to think your insurance company will be happy with the product as well.
Even with a list from you insurance carrier, your work is not done. You could find that all the systems they suggest still require a professional installation service to install. That just won’t sit well with the spirit of a confirmed DIYer. So, be prepared to do more research on your own about prospective systems. In fact, it’s a good idea to do so even if you get a good list from the insurance company.
As you do your research, you need to look at as many of the different DIY home security systems as you can. Don’t pick the first one you see that looks easy to install. There are other factors to consider.
Picking a burglar alarm kit based solely on the price, i.e. picking a cheap one, can lead to some potential problems. Many cheaper systems lack clear directions that are easy to follow. You can even find that the layout suggested in their plans have not been well done to provide adequate coverage.
So take your time to review the instructions that are included for each of your prospects. Likewise review the diagrams to see if they are clear as well. Check that the equipment included meets industry standards and are certified as needed.
Another thing to consider about the cheaper systems is that, although cheaper in initial purchase price, they might be more expensive over the long term. Cheaper systems could have components that will need more often replacement (one good reason to check for certification) which could drive up the long term price of the system. In addition, any problems may require an expensive maintenance call from a professional service. These problems may just be more likely with a cheaper system.
Last thing to consider when looking at DIY burglar alarm systems to buy is what tools are needed to install it. You sure don’t want to have to purchase tools that you will not be able to use again after the install is done. Look at house alarm DIY kits that will use tools you already have, can borrow easily, or at least are something you can use on other tasks after the job is done.