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6 Reasons to Avoid a DIY Illinois Home Security System

  • November 1, 2016
  • by Carlos Lopez

In an effort to save money, many people choose to purchase a DIY Illinois home security system. However, despite the temptation of money savings, installing a home security system yourself may not be the right answer for a number of reasons. Here are just a few of them.

1. Installation requires some technical knowledge.

Installing a home security system is more challenging than it may seem. Many homeowners attempt installation only to find out it requires more technical knowledge than they had anticipated. These homeowners are then forced to abandon their project and consult with a professional instead. If you wind up paying someone to finish what you have already started it could cost you more money in the long run, especially if you must hire a professional to undo mistakes.

2. Installing a security system takes time.

A good number of homeowners are also surprised at the amount of time it takes to install a security system. If you have never installed a security system before, it could take hours or even days to complete this project. You might also have to take time off from work or reschedule activities in order to get the job done. In the meantime, your home is unprotected and so is your family.

On the other hand, our professional team can install your system in no time. That way, you can go on doing more important things and have peace of mind knowing your home and family are safe.

3. The quality of systems isn’t always reliable.

The old saying, “You get what you pay for,” goes for security systems as much as it does anything else. The problem with some inexpensive DIY systems is that they use inferior parts in an effort to cut costs. This means you could suffer frequent breakdowns or that your system may not last quite as long as you had hoped. Even worse, your security system may not operate as expected, thereby jeopardizing your family’s safety. You could even spend a great deal of money on repairs over time, negating any savings you do realize initially.

4. Troubleshooting can be a headache.

You’ll need to test your home security system before putting it to use. For many people, this is the most frustrating part of the process, as furniture and other objects must often be moved around for sensors to work properly. Many times, this is due to the improper placement of sensors–something that can be avoided by using an experienced installation technician.

5. Monitoring can be substandard.

DIY home security systems often come with monitoring for a very low price. However, just as the quality of your system matters, so does the quality of your monitoring service.

Some DIY home security customers discover there are extended wait times when an alarm goes off. This could be problematic during an emergency because it could take first responders longer to reach you. Many monitoring services do not even offer a connection to the police but, instead, only notify you or others whom you put on a call list. It is then your responsibility to call the authorities if you deem it necessary.

6. DIY systems offer limited warranties and/or support.

The warranty period on DIY security systems is often rather limited, meaning that if you do experience a malfunction, you could be on your own for repairs or replacements. There is also limited customer service support in the event you have a technical question or otherwise need assistance with your account.

These are just a few reasons DIY security systems may not be the best option for your home or business. Fortunately, your fully managed Illinois home security system doesn’t have to break the bank. Contact us today to learn more.



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