If you are considering installing or updating your home security system, there are two general categories from which to choose:
Installed by a company such as ADT, Vivant or Xfinity, a professional security system does not require much work on your part, other than meeting the installer at your house. Naturally, upfront and monthly costs are likely higher than DIY systems, although you can often find deals or sales. If you move, you may have to pay to have the equipment moved with you.
If you appreciate the benefit of professional expertise and do not enjoy reading the fine-print of manuals, this may be your best bet. Further, if you are interested in customized options or features, ensure that you clearly communicate this with the installer.
This market is expected to grow at more than 22 percent annually between 2016 and 2021, according to IHS Technology.
The only cost to installation when you do it yourself is time; you can set the system up on your own schedule (and will not have to block out multiple hours to meet someone). Likewise, you can configure it according to your specific needs and interests. In most cases, you will own the equipment, making it easy to move to another location.
Most users of self-installed security systems attest that installation process is both easier and faster than expected, particularly with wireless systems (hard-wired security systems will involve more work and complexity). Companies will also provide support as needed.
When examining your options, it is wise to pay attention to price (initial installation, monthly costs, equipment costs), customer service (availability, contract requirements and customer reviews), how user-friendly the equipment is and any important special features.
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