Professional installation is a fixture of traditional security systems. A professionally installed system is often (but not always) old school. That means more expensive and hardwired into your walls, with longer contracts, higher monitoring prices, and fewer opportunities for self-monitoring.
Because professionally installed systems are more complicated to install, and because you’re dropping enough money to cover the cost, the security company sends a technician out to your place to install everything. And we can’t lie: the convenience is niiiice.
For national security providers, the DIY craze has taken over, and the pro install model is slowly dying off. But there are a few providers still going strong! (Professional installation is also thriving in the local security provider scene, should you choose that route.)
Here are some of the best security systems with professional installation.
We've sat through a professional installation experience and also read about other customer experiences. Here’s what we expect you can expect.
You won’t get an exact installation time, just a window of time. For instance, you might be assigned the 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. window. That means the technician might show up anytime after eight but before noon.
Sounds easy enough, right? But if the technician runs behind, you might get bumped to the 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. window. Or, if things really don’t go as planned, you could get pushed to a later date altogether.
That’s no biggie if you have a flexible schedule. But if you have to take time off work to meet the technician, it becomes more of an issue.
Once the technician arrives, they’ll unpack the equipment, go over the installation plan and contract with you, and get to work. In some cases, they might ask you about your installation preferences (like where you want cameras). If they don’t ask, but you have a strong opinion, make sure to share before they get started.
The technician usually won’t need anything else from you until the installation is complete, so you should be free to do whatever while they work. However, you should plan on hanging around the house—depending on security company policies, the technician may have to leave if you aren’t there.
After the equipment is installed, the technician will show you how it works. In our experience, this quick demo isn’t sufficient to get a grasp on things. You'll probably want to try it again later to ensure you understand.
Professional monitoring means that someone besides you has eyes on your home security system. That’s in contrast to self-monitoring, which relies on you to notify the police if something goes wrong.
You can usually get professional monitoring with a DIY home security system, but it’s rare to get self-monitoring with a professionally installed system.
To learn more, read What Is Home Security Monitoring?