In a nation of DIY enthusiasts, there’s no shortage of TV shows, websites and home improvement stores to help you retile a bathroom, build a deck or even install do-it-yourself home security.

Before you open your toolbox, though, consider the following information on DIY security projects provided by

Do your research on DIY home security

A DIY home security system might seem intimidating, especially if you don’t have experience with home improvement projects. Luckily, you can find online resources and video tutorials offering step-by-step instructions from amateurs and professionals alike who have embarked on do-it-yourself home security projects.

As a first step, research the type of system (wired or wireless) and home security equipment you want. If you’re renting, check with your landlord or property management company to ensure you’re allowed to install a DIY security system. If your neighborhood has a homeowner’s association, check those guidelines as well.

Homeowners and renters considering a DIY home security system may want equipment that provides both interior and outdoor security. Security cameras, lighting and motion detectors can all be incorporated into DIY home security to provide added layers of protection.

Important things to consider with DIY home security

  • Cost – A DIY security system could end up being an expensive purchase, depending on the equipment, technology and features. If you install the equipment improperly, you may run into the additional expense of hiring a professional to correct your mistakes.
  • Time – A do-it-yourself home security project not only requires time to complete the actual work, but the schedule will also need to include planning and preparation. Depending on the type of system and your skills, installing a security system on your own could take hours or even days.
  • Wireless vs. hardwired – Both wireless and hardwired systems will require a certain amount of time to install, but hardwired systems involve more much more drilling. Don’t forget that your system will need a power source, and hardwired systems connect to your home’s main electrical system while wireless systems mostly rely on battery power.

Wired and wireless systems – pros and cons

  • Wired home security systems generally cost less than wireless systems.
  • A wireless DIY security system is more portable and the components are easier to position around your home.
  • Drilling holes to install a wired system can affect the appearance of your home’s interior.
  • With either type of DIY home security system, you won’t have 24/7 monitoring from a professional security provider.

DIY security system equipment and features

Both DIY home security and professional systems consist of equipment and technology that help you monitor and protect your home. A typical home alarm system can include features like:

  • Keypad/control panel
  • Entryway contacts for doors and windows
  • Motion detector
  • Alarm siren
  • Keychain remote

Optional features can include a carbon monoxide detector, home automation technology, mobile applications and surveillance cameras. The fire safety tips from include a recommendation to put a smoke detector in your home, whether it’s an individual component or a part of a larger security system.

A security camera is a popular home security solution for monitoring video footage from areas around your home. Cameras provide increased surveillance and can link to mobile devices for added connectivity and convenience. Whether you purchase a security system from a national provider or take on a DIY home security project by yourself, you can add security cameras to the list of available home security equipment.