Articles have been circulating online regarding issues concerning security companies that provide full alarm services verses companies selling DIY alarm kits. With more than 10 years’ experience, VinTech Systems efficiently meets industry quality standards required for installations. DIY companies are licensed to sell their products; however, they are not required to obtain licensing for professional installations. This doesn’t necessarily mean bad business, but we urge consumers to research their options before deciding. Check out the following pros and cons of buying a DYI system.
- Economical. Initially, you may realize great savings by installing the system yourself. The cost of professional installations can be high depending on the complexity of the job. One recommendation is to ask about equipment warranty and return options if you are not satisfied.
- Dismountable. DIY Systems are often easy to remove. This is great for people who plan on moving in the near future. The ability to take the system wherever you go is convenient. You won’t incur additional installation costs as you will re-install it yourself.
- No Annual Contracts. Not having to sign a contract is appealing. Most Alarm companies require anywhere from a 1 to 3-year contract for monitoring services. A non-monitored security system is one that does not have a monthly fee because there isn’t a central monitoring station monitoring your home for you. Instead, you are self-monitoring your security system. You are in charge of calling authorities in an emergency. If you decide to buy a DYI system, identify your options or warranty coverage if your equipment should malfunction.
- Installations gone wrong. We frequently take calls from individuals asking if we can fix or re-install a system they purchased online. The problem is that most professional companies will decline to do this. The reason: They will not provide a warranty because they are unable to verify if the equipment is faulty or has been altered prior to installation.
- Limited Technical Support & Maintenance Madness. You call the company you purchased the equipment from and they are nowhere to be found or they place you on hold for long periods of time. You call other companies for service with no assurance they can fix the issues but still charge you. The money you initially saved may be catching up with repair costs.
- More Prone to be Hacked. How so? Remotely accessing your alarm can increase the risk of being hacked. Once a hacker has your username and password, they can use it to disable your alarm system. Forbes also wrote an article that describes how some alarms are being disabled with magnets and tape. http://www.forbes.com/sites/marcwebertobias/2015/01/29/this-popular-wireless-alarm-system-can-be-hacked-with-a-magnet-and-scotch-tape/#6cdeeb815950
Taking into consideration these pros and cons of a DYI system should make it easier for you to find the best option.