DIY vs. Professional Installation for Home Security Camera Systems

13/10/2015 0 Comment(s) Surveillance Equipment,

The decision to install a security camera system is becoming a more common surveillance solution made by home and business owners around the world everyday.  The presence of security cameras is a deterrent against vandalism and theft since petty criminals can be intimidated when they see that a camera is in place and can capture images that can be used to identify them.

Installing home security cameras can be a do-it-yourself project or can be referred to security professionals. Whichever option you choose, you will reap the benefits from the layer of protection provided by security cameras for the safety of your home and family.

Before embarking on a do-it-yourself project or contacting security professionals, you should weigh your options by finding out more about the different components of security systems, the different features and models of security cameras, and the relative ease or difficulty in positioning and connecting the devices in your security network.


Security System Components and Installation

The simplest security system consists of several cameras hooked-up to a digital video recorder and monitor. Some homeowners opt for professional installation of home security cameras because they believe that a professionally installed system is better. This is a misconception because the efficiency of the security system is dependent largely on the features of its components. For example, a night vision camera can provide round-the-clock security while a similarly designed camera without night vision capabilities will provide security only during daytime. In short, your budget for the system will play a large part on its capabilities and efficiency.

You can purchase an affordable security system pack, for example, a simple DVR security system kit that consists of a 4-channel DVR with four security cameras that you can purchase for about $200. If your security requirements are more extensive, you can opt for the more sophisticated NVR security kit that sells for more than $1000, which consists of an 8-channel network video recorder (NVR) and a combination of eight IP and CMOS cameras.


There are various combinations of NVR or DVR recorders and cameras to choose, whichever fit your budget and security requirements. The security kits include the cables, splitters, and adapters that you will need to install the system, which make it ideal for do-it-yourself projects. Any amount that you save from eliminating the installation can be added to your budget for purchasing the security kit.

If you wish for a custom-designed home security camera system, then it is best to consult security professionals who will ensure that the video surveillance cameras for outdoors and the indoor cameras are set up properly. Professionals in the security business can recommend the types of cameras that you will need for outdoor surveillance and indoor monitoring, which you can safely assume to be appropriate for each location. If you are a busy person, consulting professionals saves you time and money because mistakes are prevented during the installation. This is important if you choose to hard wire your security installation, where professional advice really counts in order to avoid costly errors.

Security professionals can give you a more comprehensive explanation of how each device in the system works, and how each unit contributes to the over-all security of the facility. They can walk you through the system as this is installed, demonstrate how each device functions, and show how you can access the recorded images in real time once the installation is completed. However, you should factor in the cost of professional services when planning for the system because installation companies can charge several hundred dollars for their services.

Simply put, you can make the installation of the home security system a do-it-yourself project if you have the time to do it and if your security requirements are not quite as extensive. This allows you to save on the installation cost, and improves your knowledge of security systems and devices. Thus, you can also handle any updating and upgrading of the home security cameras any time you choose. You can add, remove, or transfer the different cameras and monitoring devices to fit your current requirements without any apprehension that you are creating a disruption in your home security.

A word of caution for do-it-yourself installation: the project is easier when you choose wireless components for the security system. When hard wiring is required, it may be better to consult security professionals.


Maintenance and Repair

When you opt for a do-it-yourself installation, you should have sufficient knowledge about the working of the system components so that you can do some maintenance and repair work that may be required from time to time. This saves you the cost of hiring professionals to do the job, and you may be more comfortable doing it yourself rather than have a stranger enter your home and do the job.

In the case of professionally installed home security cameras, installation companies provide maintenance, repair, and services for upgrading the security system. You can have the option of having the system serviced regularly, or to require for repair service as this is needed. Security professionals charge for each visit, so this adds to the cost of your security system.


DIY vs Professional Installation

A do-it-yourself security system allows you to save on installation cost and gives you the flexibility to upgrade, move, and update the devices as the need arise. When you move to a new house, you can use the same security devices, probably with some upgrading.

It is best for busy people such as businesspersons who are hard-pressed for time to secure the services of a professional when embarking on a project to install a security system in their homes. This is particularly true if the security network is extensive and requires additional features such as alarms and sensors. However, if a simple security kit needs can meet your security requirements, you can make it a do-it-yourself project because some kits will not take up more than an hour of your time to be installed.



Professional and do-it-yourself security systems offer the same level of protection to home and family if you have a combination of indoor cameras and outdoor video surveillance cameras that work 24/7.  Whether installed professionally or by yourself, the home security cameras will provide a layer of protection that adds to your peace of mind. 

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