5 Steps to Prepare for Your Home Security System Installation

Written by | Updated July 23, 2014

You’ve bought a home security system and now it’s time for the installation. While the installer will be doing the work, you can also prepare in certain ways to make sure you get the most out of the installation and that everything is set up just the way you want.

Here are five steps you can follow to improve your home security installation experience.

Obtain a Permit If Necessary

Some cities may require you get a permit before installing your home security system. Refer to your city’s website or give them a call to find out about any ordinances or requirements which may pertain to you.

Determine the Best Place to Keep Keypad and Sensors

You have many places in your home where you can keep a home security keypad or motion sensors, so you want to pick the best places in your home where those devices will be most effective. Maybe you want a keypad or keypads right next to the entryways of your home, or maybe you want to have one keypad in a central location between all of the doors. You may want motion sensors inside your home, outside, or both.

You should also think about what wiring might be needed and whether or not the spot you wish to keep the keypad or sensors has the right amount of wall space. If you don’t have the space or don’t want any extra holes in your walls, you may want to consider a wireless security system.

All in all, determining the best spots for your home security system is important for making you feel safe and secure from all possible intrusions.

Figure Out Keypad Code

If your security system will have a keypad which requires a code to turn it on and off, you should figure this out prior to your installation, as you will need this number for the installer to finish programming it. Make sure it is a passcode that is easy to remember but not easy for intruders to figure out, such as “1234” or your address number. Depending on your system, you may also need to figure out a guest passcode, and you should abide by these same suggestions for your guests.

Clear Pathways for Easy Access and Sensors

You want to be able to access both your keypad and your entryways quickly and easily, so it is important that you clear pathways to ensure you can get to where you need to go when you need to. This might involve moving around furniture or cleaning up certain areas of clutter. You don’t want anything in the way that could potentially keep you from your destination or that you could trip over as you try to get there.

This also means tidying up the spaces around where you plan to put sensors. You don’t want anything to block the sensors and keep them from doing their job most effectively, so, again, moving furniture or even doing such tasks as cleaning windows and walls could be helpful for when it’s time to install those sensors in your home.

Prepare Any Questions You Might Have

You may have gone over the plans for this home security system before you bought it, but you’ll want to be sure that you understand all of its components before the installer leaves your home. He or she can walk you through how certain parts work, how to use them, and so on. Being ready with your questions ahead of time will help prevent you from forgetting anything and boost your confidence in your new system.

Installing a new home security system can be an event you look forward to in terms of ensuring your safety and security in your home. It’s important, therefore, to prepare for the installation and make sure that you have all of your bases covered so that it goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Written by Carolyn Heneghan

Carolyn is a nutrition and environmental crusader who loves using and exploring technology almost as much as she enjoys writing about it. Learn more

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