- Research. Certain alarm systems and monitoring services, like ADT and Vivint, offer professional installation as part of your home security package. If you opt for a different brand, the internet is your best weapon: websites like Thumbtack and TaskRabbit collect reviews and references on handymen and installers for you to help you decide.
- Ask around. If one of your friends just got a cool new alarm system, ask them who installed it. It might be old fashioned, but personal recommendations are still one of the best ways to find pros.
- Read reviews and referrals. References will help you choose a reliable professional to install your new security system.
- Get a quote. If you can get a consultation, that’s even better. Some security systems need to be customized to fit your lifestyle, and getting a quote will give you a good idea of what to expect.
How Do I Find a Good Security System Installer?
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Where to find a security system installer
SafeStreets: Our recommended ADT provider
If you’re looking to monitor your home with ADT, SafeStreets—an authorized ADT provider—can install your security system for you. After you make an appointment with customer service, SafeStreets will send professional installers to help you create a custom equipment package that fits your lifestyle. They can also answer questions, like whether you need cameras inside or outside your home.
Vivint offers a free quote and one-on-one consultation in person or over the phone with a certified professional. If you purchased a Vivint subscription, you’ll also get professional installation for $99.
Once you’ve decided what package is best for you, Vivint will send over a home security installer. The installer will work with you to create a customized security setup, helping you with things like finding the right spots for security sensor installation and figuring out where smoke alarms and control panels would work best.
If you need to find your own security system installer, Thumbtack can help you find local professionals in your area. Type in what you’re looking for and your ZIP code, and Thumbtack will provide you with profiles of professional installers in your area. It’ll also show you reviews and testimonials, years of experience, availability, and the option to request a quote.
TaskRabbit can help you find “taskers” in your area who can help you with home security installs and much more. You can browse taskers—technicians who have been background checked and ID verified—by rate, reliability, and number of positive reviews. TaskRabbit will also tell you how many similar tasks your tasker has completed, so you can choose with confidence.
What to look for in a security system installer
When you’re looking for someone to install a security system in your home, you want someone who is knowledgeable, reliable, and communicative.
It’s also a good idea to find someone who’s willing to work with you to customize your system to best fit your needs, since security systems aren’t one size fits all. Is your technician willing to come to your home for an evaluation and an estimate? This can be crucial, especially with larger properties: Some homes will have more need for motion sensors and security cameras. Others will be fine with smoke detectors and doorbell cameras.
Depending on the state you live in, your installer also may need to be licensed. Angie’s List License Check is a good resource to see what the license requirements are in your state.
How did you find your security system installer? Let us know in the comments below.