The degree of insecurity all around the world seems to be increasing, which is why we might turn to technology to feel safer or to protect our loved ones. One of the handiest technologies is home security systems.
Installing a surveillance system is the perfect solution to make sure you leave your home safe when you go on vacation, but also to monitor your home when you are at work, for example. The presence of video surveillance cameras has the psychological role of deterring potential criminals. For this, surveillance cameras must be placed in visible but inaccessible places. The images can be accessed via the Internet from anywhere, at any time, and are stored to be viewed later.
How Much Does It Cost To Install A Home Security System?
The cost of a home security system installation is affected by various factors such as the type and size of the system, whether it includes remotes and multiple LED control pads, and whether any promotion or discount is available at the time you purchase the security system.
In general, home security systems are installed by a security technician, but can also be installed by a widely-skilled general contractor or an electrician in some situations. The costs will be lower if you hire a security installer for this work. Also, if you choose a system that can be hooked into an outlet, it will cost you less. On the other hand, hardwired systems are more expensive as they require more maintenance and labor. Actually, these cost 50% more than standard plug-in systems because they need the assistance of a professional installer.
You should be prepared to spend anywhere between $820 and $2,400 for installing a home security system. In the table below you will find some of the main costs involved in this project.
|Item||Quantity||Unit Cost||Line Cost|
|Material Cost||1||$350-$1,000 per system||$350-$1,000|
|Motion detectors||1||$50 per unit||$50|
|Key fob||1||$35 per unit||$35|
|Security camera||2||$120-$350 per unit||$250-$750|
|Door and window sensors||3||$25-$80 per unit||$75-$240|
|Labor Cost||20 hours||$60-$90 per hour||$1,200-$1,800|
|Total Cost||1||$1,000-$2,750 per system||$1,000-$2,750|
Which are the extra costs?
The price estimates we mentioned above do not include any other fees or taxes.
It is recommended to have a security professional do an in-person consultation in order to determine exactly how many components you need for your home security system and offer a price estimate before choosing a certain system. This service may come at an extra cost, but most companies offer this consultation for free or offer a discount if you hire them for the work.
Important things to consider
It is not recommended to install the security system on your own if you don’t have experience with security monitoring devices, electrical wiring, and electronics. Yes, you can install basic door contacts and motion sensors on your own, but the full system installation should be left in the hands of an expert.
Before installing a security system for your home, you need a diagram of the places that need to be monitored. It is ineffective to monitor every inch of the house, so you need to prioritize the areas you want to be monitored. Make a sketch of your house and mark the places you will supervise. Do a careful check of these areas and make sure they are suitable and will not interfere in any way with the surveillance cameras or the installation action.
We advise you to consider the following areas: the main doors – at the front and back of the house, the windows that do not face the street, large spaces (kitchen, living room, etc.), the access alleys to the house, the porch, the access stairs, the garage (especially if you have an entrance from the house), etc.
Also, test the equipment before installation. Make sure it works in the parameters – turn them on and connect them one by one, it’s safer.
It is good to inspect the surveillance cameras from time to time and to clean them of dust or cobwebs that can obscure or affect the image.
The purchase and installation of a home security system should not be done in a hurry, against the clock. Besides the strictly financial aspect it involves (regardless of the system you choose, it will still involve substantial initial and maintenance expenses), a system that does not fit your scenario represents a faulty investment of your money and time. In the end, a home security system is a long-term investment, in which its reliability, quality, and daily operation are fundamental aspects.
How can I save money?
You may be able to save on the costs if you purchase the security system on your own beforehand and only hire a technician for installation.