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Alarm Installation: DIY vs. Professional Installation

As smart home technology becomes more and more accessible, a rising number of homeowners are choosing to install certain features themselves. While going the DIY alarm route might seem compelling at first blush, the reality is that it could prove problematic in the long run. If you’re thinking about tackling a smart home installation all on your own, make sure to read this post first. What exactly is the difference between a alarm installed DIY or installed professionally? Trust us, you’ll be glad you did: 

Benefits of DIY Installation

The most obvious benefit of installing smart home features by yourself is that you could end up saving a lot of money. Not only can you avoid paying a professional for installation services, but you can pick and choose which features you want to implement in your home. Lots of smart home and home security companies force their customers into restrictive packages that include unnecessary or unwanted resources. (Thankfully, we don’t!) 

Logistics of a DIY Installation

If all you want to do is install some smart light bulbs or a new thermostat, then you probably won’t have much too trouble doing so yourself. On the other hand, if you’re trying to install multiple devices at once –– or if you want to implement a security system for your home –– then you should really consider professional help in some regard. Just on a logistical level, cobbling together a smart home piece by piece is going to take lots of time and effort. (Not to mention a strong understanding of various tech.) What’s worse is that just because multiple smart home features may work separately, they may function together in a cohesive fashion. 

Another potential drawback of DIY home installation is the reliance on WiFi. When a system runs entirely on WiFi, the system can stop working if the power or the internet goes out. Unfortunately, this means that criminals can cut internet lines to disable such systems. Professionally installed systems, conversely, run through a cellular connection that will continue to work even when the power or internet is shut off.

In regard to security, homeowners should at the very least partner with a professional service for monitoring support. This way, the company will be able to contact authorities for assistance should a resident be away from their home, for instance. 

Reasons to Choose a Professional Installation Service

Professional installation will deliver peace of mind in a way that a DIY alarm simply can’t match. First, professionals will be able to accurately assess and address safety needs when installing a home security system. This could include everything from camera placement to alarm setup. Hiring a reliable professional installation service will ensure that your home stays protected against serious threats. 

Furthermore, professional installation services can save residents money in the long run. Rather than paying fees or fines because of an improper installation, homeowners can rest easy knowing that they had the job done right the first time. Plus, you won’t have to shell out to replace items that aren’t compatible with the rest of the system. And it’s just so much easier to hire a local company to provide support in the form of repairs. Regular maintenance on a home security system is imperative, and unless you have untold hours of free time to figure out tech support problems on your own, hiring a local company to tackle routine service issues is simply a better decision.

Finally, you’ll be able to access all of your smart home features in a convenient, comprehensive app with a professional installation. The whole point of investing in a smart home is to make your life easier, which is why professional installation is ultimately the best option.


Unlike our competitors, Alamo can deliver professional smart home installation services without any of the drawbacks of working with a major corporation. This lets you get a Smart Home with the ease of a DIY alarm system but the benefits of the professionally installed system . We’re located in San Antonio, Texas, and we cater our services to our local clients and their unique needs. Whether you need a top-to-bottom overhaul, or you’re just looking to integrate a few new features into your existing system, we can help you. Contact us here to get started.