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The Complete Guide to Professional Installation

Oct 28, 2021|

DIY is all the rage now, with entire TV shows and social media dedicated to helping the do-it-yourselfer learn how to do many things around the house.

But when it comes to DIY, some things are best left to the pros—and with your home’s security and home automation, professional installation is the way to go.

If you’re used to going the DIY route, you may be hesitant about professional home security installation. But there are many different reasons it’s a smarter, more affordable option than DIY.

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A Smart Home Pro is there to not only install your system, but walk you through how to use it.

Why professional installation?

Take a look at a few reasons why it pays to leave your security system install to the pros:

  • Licensed, trained professionals. One of the most obvious reasons people opt for professional installation is because they want to leave the installation work to a pro. When you purchase a system from a reputable company like Vivint, with licensed and trained professionals, you know your installation will be done correctly and that the company will stand behind their installers.
  • Seamless integration among products. There are literally hundreds of smart home devices on the market. But just because a device is “smart” doesn’t mean it automatically works with other smart devices. Professional installation ensures your devices are compatible, and your installer will make sure they work together exactly the way they’re supposed to.
  • Time saving. Sometimes DIY can be fun. Other times, it can be frustrating and time intensive. Leaving installation to the pros means you don’t have to carve out a weekend or two trying to install your devices and get them to work together. In a morning or afternoon, the pros will take care of it, so you have a fully functioning system.
  • Expert placement and recommendations. Knowing how to install devices is only part of installation; where to install them is just as important for many devices. For example, when a professional installs a security camera at home, they will recommend where to place them to get the best viewing. Professional installation also ensures your devices are installed in a way that is aesthetically pleasing as well, making sure wires are hidden and everything blends nicely.
  • Product training. When it comes to smart devices, there’s often a learning curve. When your smart home system is professionally installed, you have the benefit of personalized, one-on-one training from pros who already know your devices inside and out. They’ll show you how to operate your system, how the devices work together, and answer any questions you have.
  • Peace of mind your system is ready to go. This is especially important when it comes to home security installation, when the security of your home and safety of your family depends on a system that is connected and functioning properly. With professional home security installation, you know that your system and all of its components are ready to go.
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Our Smart Home Pros will work with you and suggest the best place to install your equipment.

How professional installation works—from consultation to install

It’s helpful to have a basic understanding of what professional installation entails and what you can expect throughout the process.

With Vivint, you’ll work with Vivint Smart Home Pros every step of the way, from customizing your system to the day of installation. Here’s how it works:

Initial smart home consultation

The process starts with your initial smart home consultation. Here, you’ll work with a Smart Home Pro to customize a system that fits the needs of your home. This might include adding extra security cameras outside your home if you have a large lot you want to keep an eye or, or you might want to upgrade your home to all the latest smart home technology. Whatever you want, our Smart Home Pros will help you design it.

From there, you’ll schedule the installation of your new system. Vivint has Smart Home Pros all over the country, so you’ll easily find an alarm installer near you.

Install day – arrival and walkthrough

On the day of installation, your Smart Home Pro will contact you prior to arrival to let you know they’re on the way. All Vivint Smart Home Pros are licensed and take the health and safety of your family very seriously, following all necessary health protocols.

Once they arrive, you and your Smart Home Pro will go over the items you ordered, making sure everything is accounted for. Then, you’ll do a walkthrough of the home together. Your installer will get a better idea of what devices you already have, if any, and determine the best placement for your devices.

Once they have the general layout of your home and know your goals, the install begins. Your Smart Home Pro will start with your Smart Hub, the central control panel for your system. From there, they’ll install the rest of your home’s devices. Depending on the system you have designed, this could include:

Home security devices

Your basic home security set up typically includes security sensors that protect your doors and windows from unauthorized entry. If an intruder attempts to enter the home through a door or window that has a security sensor, the alarm will sound. Your Smart Home Pro will work with you to decide the doors and windows that need sensors for the best protection.

Your safety alarms will also be installed. This includes smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Smart Home Pros will ensure they are installed according to local guidelines and regulations.

Security cameras

Camera installation includes security cameras for your home, inside and out. Security camera installers in particular need to be mindful of areas you want to ensure are visible or recorded by the camera so they can place them in a way that provides the best view. This includes:

  • Indoor cameras that let you see certain areas of your home, such as a baby’s room or family room
  • Doorbell camera that gives you a wide-angle view of your front porch
  • Outdoor cameras for a better view of what’s going on outside, as well as proactive protection that discourages lurking

Home automation installation

If your system includes smart home devices, professional installation will also include your home automation devices, such as:

  • Smart locks for enhanced security and remote control of your front door
  • Smart thermostat that provides both comfort and energy and cost savings
  • Garage door control that notifies you if your garage door is open, then allows you to close it via your Smart Home app

During the actual installation of your devices, your installer will conduct tests to ensure everything works the way it should. Depending on the number of devices you have, you can expect the installation to take several hours.

Smart Home Training

Once installation is complete, it doesn’t end there—your Smart Home Pro will train you on your new system so you can get the most out of it. You’ll learn how everything works, how to program your devices, arm your system, and so forth. Your Smart Home Pro will also answer any questions you have.

After installation

Your system is installed and up and running? Now what? Vivint systems include 24/7 monitoring, so you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is being professionally monitored around the clock.

And if you forget how to operate a device or have a question later, don’t worry—Vivint has an extensive library of resources online as well as an entire team dedicated to helping you with your system should you have any questions.

Start protecting your home with a professionally installed system today

With home security and home automation, professional installation is the way to go. And with a system from Vivint, you can sit back and leave the work to the Pros, letting you take advantage of all the benefits of your new system.

Get a free quote today.

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*Offer Details

Qualifying system purchase requires minimum $599.99 expenditure on equipment after all discounts have been applied, professional installation, and execution of Vivint monitoring services agreement. Click here for monthly service plan prices. DIY system purchases and reactivations of previously-installed systems not eligible for offer. Offer not available in all states or provinces. Equipment purchase may be financed separately subject to an agreement with one of Vivint's third-party financing partners. Monthly $1.48 cellular network maintenance fee applies. Taxes and local permit fees may apply.

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Financing eligibility and terms subject to credit approval by one of Vivint's third-party financing partners. Qualified customers may finance equipment purchase at 0% APR for up to 60 months. Month-to-month service agreement available when equipment is purchased upfront.

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System supports up to six cameras subject to sufficient WiFi speeds. Without a Vivint services plan, product and system functionality is limited (including loss of remote connectivity). Speak to a Vivint representative at the phone number in this offer for complete equipment, services, and package details, including pricing and financing details. Products and services in Louisiana provided by Vivint Louisiana Commercial Certificate #58280. See Vivint license numbers here.