The Differences Between Professional and DIY Systems

When it comes to your home alarm system, there are usually two choices you will be faced with; do you choose a professionally-installed system or do you purchase a DIY system? There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so it’s best to take a closer look at each of these options before making a decision. To help you out, here’s a quick look at each type of alarm system and their pros and cons.


DIY alarm systems are purchased by many homeowners and are commonly seen as a cheaper alternative to professionally-installed systems. Let’s look at some of the advantages of going with a DIY alarm system for your home:

  • DIY alarm systems are often sold at a lower price, which simply makes them more affordable than professional systems.  This is probably the biggest advantage that draws people to purchase DIY systems.
  • A DIY system comes with no installation fees and no commitment to any contracts either.
  • DIY systems are more customizable, with the ability to install security devices in any area of your home.

Just as there are advantages to DIY systems, there are disadvantages too, and these include the following:

  • DIY systems tend to miss the mark when it comes to meeting the requirements of home insurance companies, and this means if your home is burglarized and your system is not up to standard, some stolen items may not be covered.
  • DIY systems do not come with tech support meaning that if you need help, the best you’re likely to get is the manufacturer answering only a few basic questions.
  • There is a much higher risk of incorrectly installing your DIY system, especially if you’ve never installed one before.


Professional alarm systems are the ultimate way to protect your home and are attractive to many homeowners because they offer the following advantages:

  • Better technology means that your professional system is going to do a better job protecting your home and that it is going to much more reliable.
  • Most home alarm companies offer extra features that can be added onto your system including battery backups, pet-proof motion sensors, fire monitoring, and more.
  • All professional systems meet the standards set by insurance companies, meaning you can rest easy knowing your possessions are covered in the event of a break-in.
  • Your system will be professionally installed, meaning you can be confident that your system will work properly.
  • Tech support is always available should you have any questions.

Though professional alarm systems are the best choice for proper home security, there are a few drawbacks to them, and these include the following:

  • Professional systems usually come with installation fees, and you can also expect to pay for a maintenance contract too.
  • Professional systems are not as flexible and versatile, meaning once they are installed they will stay in their spot until it’s time for an upgrade.

Now that you know more about each type of alarm system, you will hopefully have an easier time determining which type of alarm is the right choice for you!

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