Good news for home alarm DIY’ers: Installing your own home alarm system doesn’t have to be a complicated process! New technologies allow for lower cost equipment than several years ago, and the ability to use wireless devices eliminates the need for lots of hole drilling and strings of wires running everywhere. Wireless also makes it easier to “add” components to your main setup later, but I’ve found the best defense against a hair-pulling installation day is to have your ideal home alarm security plan already mapped out, your home alarm system components purchased in advance, and your necessary system installation tools gathered before you start.

Home alarm DIY Step One: Create A Home Security Setup Plan

We’ll start at step one, which is to create a home security setup plan. Take a tour of your property and your home, including all exterior buildings such as garages or workshops, and think about which areas you’d like to have monitored or fitted with alarms that will alert you to possible intrusion. Carry a notepad and write down everything, and once your tour is complete, draw out both a floor plan for your house and a plan of the exterior surroundings. Mark the placing of each component you wish to install, and make a list of equipment to purchase, such as motion sensitive lights, area motion detectors, smoke and fire alarms, window and door alarms, fire extinguishers, your central monitoring system, etc.

Home alarm DIY Step Two: Gather equipment and materials needed for installation.

Now that you’ve created an installation plan, it’s time to purchase needed equipment and get all the necessary tools for the job in one place. It might also be a good idea to send other family members on a shopping expedition the day you plan to install your home alarm system so there will be less chance of being interrupted mid-install.

For a wireless installation, you’ll likely need screwdrivers, drills, a pencil (for marketing holes in mounting plates and the like). Motion-sensing exterior lights install directly into the same mounting box as regular exterior lights, but if you’re not handy with a wee bit of wiring, you might want to enlist the aid of your electrician buddy for an hour or two.

Home alarm DIY Step Three: Install your security components. Starting with the interior of your home, install each component, working your way from floor to floor, and then move outside to complete the installation of any exterior components you have chosen.

Home alarm DIY Step Four: Test Your Installation.

No home alarm installation is complete until a final test is made of the equipment, to ensure everything works properly, the way you expect it to. Once all of your components are installed, do a thorough check. Open windows and doors, turn on surveillance cameras and be sure they’re monitoring the exact areas you wish to monitor. Walk within range of your motion-sensing exterior lights to make sure they switch on as expected. Then, when your tests are done, give yourself a pat on the back…your home is now safe and secure.


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