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DIY Home Security Systems In Oakland Vs Professionally Installed Home Security Systems

February 19, 2021
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A Oakland DIY home security system can look pretty alluring. But that means you’re relying on your handiwork and programming proficiency, and your innate talent to hang the right sensor or camera in right spot. A handful of people can cobble together a security system that both looks and works well, and then there’s the people that will make the security system a Frankenstein’s monster.

If only we asked ourselves ahead of time what’s preferable: a DIY home security system in Oakland or a smart home system that’s professionally installed by Vivint?

What could you look forward to with a DIY security system in Oakland?

A big benefit of a DIY home security package is that you're able to buy individual alarms and cameras a little at a time. You can start with only one camera or sensor, and then add equipment in a piecemeal fashion from a slew of different companies. Depending on what brand you choose, setup can be easy and a few newer devices will sync with your Echo or Google Home.

Below are a few additional benefits of a DIY home security system in Oakland:

  • Buying one-off devices may be cheaper.

  • You can add components a little at a time and from different brands.

  • Perfect for people that need a single component like a smart lock or indoor camera.

  • Some DIY home security devices are an easy install, as long as you have a plan for where to place them.

However, DIY security has some drawbacks:

  • A DIY home security system might be obsolete faster than a professional system.

  • If you use different product brands they might not communicate with each other or link to one central Smart Hub.

  • You have to decide on the ideal spots for cameras, smoke detectors, and other sensors.

  • You have to do all the work for installation, programming, and maintenance. Talking with customer service can be frustrating.

  • Your DIY security system might not have 24/7 monitoring.

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Pros of a professional home security system in Oakland

While a DIY system might seem like a nice solution, there are benefits to getting your residential security system professionally installed. For instance, you're able to install a more robust system when you use someone like Vivint. Not only can you use the best security alarms, detectors, and cameras, but Vivint can also include monitored fire and CO detection, round-the-clock monitoring, and smart automation.

Here are some other pros for a professionally installedresidential security system in Oakland

  • You get a full security system designed around your home and security needs.

  • You can guard against fire, carbon monoxide, burglaries, and safety emergencies with one central system using the Vivint mobile app.

  • Your expert installer will know right where to install components.

  • You're not hindered by your own handiwork or computer skills.

  • You’ll know all devices operate without issue before your installer leaves.

  • If a camera, alarm, or sensor is broken, it’s easy to contact Vivint to fix it.

  • 24-hour monitoring comes with your initial package.

Of course, there are a small number of drawbacks in a home security system that’s professionally installed:

  • There could be fees for installation.

  • You can only use their equipment and mobile app.

  • 24-hour monitoring includes a monthly charge.

So should you try a professionally installed home security system or go with a DIY solution?

If you only want one or two components and you like browsing the internet for product reviews and installation walkthroughs, a DIY home security system might be right up your alley. However, if you’d like a full security system that seamlessly links motion detectors, HD cameras, and smart locks, you’ll be happier with a Vivint security system. It’s also a good idea to use Vivint if you’d like products like monitored fire alarms, smart home devices, or medical pendants.

Basically, DIY won’t work if you’re looking for a more complete option. For a complete smart home, you should stick with the pros.

The best expertly installed security system in Oakland comes from Vivint

Once you make your choice to get a professionally installed home security system in Oakland, make sure to phone (510) 281-3999. Your Vivint expert will customize the best security system that meets your needs. Contact Vivint today or send in the form below to get started.