Who Installs Home Security Cameras? Do You Need A Professional?

You must know how necessary are home security cameras these days. Not only do they deter burglars, but they also monitor your kids and parents to see if they are safe. These home security cameras are widely available in tech markets, and after you buy them, the question is who installs home security cameras? Can just any other person install it? Is it possible for someone to install it just by reading the directions in the instruction manual, or is it important to call a professional to install them? 

After spending some bucks on home security cameras, you definitely wouldn’t want to pay someone to install the security camera in your home. Moreover, you wouldn’t want to pay someone who is unprofessional and takes a lot of time to install the camera. 

So, answering the question, “who can install home security cameras?” The answer is you can, any local handyman can, and obviously, a professional can. You can easily install a security camera because it is simple to do. You don’t need to make any changes to electrical wires or circuits, so you can get them installed by someone you trust! 

However, if you are getting the camera installed by a professional, that will cost you more than when you install it yourself or get a handyman to install it. When you install it for the first time, it might cost you in terms of time, but a professional will be able to do it quickly, and will cost less time. So, if you’re in a hurry to install security cameras but haven’t installed any cameras ever, then it is better to ask a licensed professional to do it for you! But if you have time and aren’t in a hurry to install security cameras, you can do it yourself by looking up instructions in the manual or on the internet. Even youtube videos will be the best help! 

This was just an overview of comparing costs between you, a local handyman, and a professional. In the rest of the article, we will compare the costs of installing a home security camera by three people: you, a local handyman, and a professional. So, please stick with us and walk through the end of this article to know about the cheapest way to install a security camera. 

Installing the Camera Yourself

If you got a wireless home security camera and want to install it, do it yourself. You are best for this task because it is very simple to do so, and so not worth spending money on a professional or even a local handyman. Installing it yourself will require a little bit of your time and some additional tools you can easily get from the local market. Those tools are required for drilling holes to run wires through them, and once drill those holes, half of the task will be done! 

If there are already holes in your house, then you don’t need to drill holes; you can fish the wires through those already present holes. Those holes that are already present might have cable wires running through them, so you have to fish the security camera’s wires carefully. 

If you are a perfectionist and want to complete this task like a professional, you can use pencils to mark the holes, some screwdrivers, and also use some cotton to fill the holes to prevent air from passing through. 

Moving back to the installation process… once you have all the necessary equipment, you have to read instructions from the manual and follow them step by step. Installing a security camera yourself can take from around 1 to 8 hours, depending on the level of expertise you have. The best part of installing a camera yourself is that you can do it at any time you want, and it is also a great learning curve for you. More so, you will save a lot of money and prevent any security breaches from happening. When you call a professional or a local handyman, there is always a security risk, and you cannot 100% trust the outsider. 

There are some drawbacks to installing the camera yourself, such as you need to know the position of the wires and the exact position where the camera should be placed. You will also need to stand on a ladder for hours until the camera is installed perfectly. Thus, the task will be achieved by trial and error, but once it is done, you will be proud of yourself!

Getting the Camera Installed by a Handyman

Getting a handyman to install the security camera in your home has certain benefits. Firstly, it saves you time. You can sit back, relax, and watch the handyman do the job. The handyman will drill the holes, fish the wires, stand on a ladder for hours, and install the camera. Moreover, a handyman will take more or less 4 hours to install a camera, whereas you will need double the time! Also, dealing with wires can put you at risk of getting electrical shocks. So, the local handyman will get the shocks while you will be safe. 

However, there are some drawbacks. Firstly, a handyman will charge some money for you to install the camera. Moreover, he may charge money for conveyance to come to your place. It is also possible that if it takes more time to install the camera, he might overcharge you for the additional number of hours that he has worked. 

The worst part about the handyman is that he will install the camera according to his schedule and not yours; thus, you will have to take some time out to attend to the handyman. 

Getting the Camera Installed by a Professional

Finally, getting a licensed person to install a security camera in your home guarantees that the camera will be installed perfectly, the holes will be drilled as needed, and the wiring will be done as required. Professionals are essentially the people who are resellers of the system and have taken training on how to install the cameras. 

Apart from that, professionals provide a warranty for installing the camera, which is beneficial because if the camera stops working after a short period, the professional can come again to fix it without charging any fee. 

Professionals comply with the rules while working, and thus you are at peace when you get the job done by them because you know they are not going to mess it up! 

However, there are certain drawbacks to getting a camera installed by a professional. The first one is cost. A professional will charge you a huge sum of money. Sometimes a professional will charge you double (or even more) the price of the security camera. Secondly, you have to admit to the professional’s schedule and make time according to that. The third drawback is that you can’t trust the professional to stay at your home all alone; thus, you have to be present and watch over him while he’s doing the work. 

All in all, security cameras are a great way for surveillance, and installing them can be a bit of a task for you if you don’t know how to do it. You have to spend a little time learning how to install it. If you are not willing to do it yourself, then you have to hire a handyman or a professional. Ultimately, the choice is yours if you are willing to spend money or time!

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