A home security system can help deter would-be burglars and may even lower your home insurance quote. Here's what you need to know about installation. 

nest security system - expert tips for installing your own home security system - home improvements - granddesignsmagazine.com 

Image: Nest Cam IQ Indoor & Outdoor, Google Store 

Home security systems can vary greatly - where integrated systems were the norm for your home in time passed, a growing number of smart Internet of Things security applications are now available. 

These are easier to install, and can often be done yourself without expert help. Shady Murphy, marketing executive at Yale, offers up tips on how to approach a security system set-up. 

Planning for installation

When unboxing your system make sure you have everything you need to install it. The box should tell you what’s required for installation, be it screwdriver or tape measure. Get to grips with each piece in the kit. This will help when reading through the manual because you’ll understand what each individual piece does and what it connects to.

Check connections

Ensure the internet and Wi-Fi connections are working correctly and are strong. The strength of the Wi-Fi can affect the set-up and cause issues during the installation process. 

security system yale - expert tips for installing your own home security system - home improvements - granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: Yale 

Decide on hotspots

Take the time to plan out your system before beginning installation. Figure out which locations in your home will provide you with the most protection and decide where the sensors and hub will be situated. Think about the order in which the products need to be installed. For instance, the smart hub is central to an alarm system and so all other devices need to be linked with it to work. 

Read more: A buyer's guide to smart home security systems


Test your device once set up is complete as it could highlight any connection issues between the central hub and the accessories. Smart alarms that work with a smartphone app require testing to ensure locations are correct, and to see how the system reacts to people entering and leaving.

home security app - expert tips for installing your own home security system - home improvements - granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: Secure Connect 

Check your apps

As you will be using your smartphone or tablet to manage the system, check their connection and ensure you understand how the app operates and how to manage it.


For more project inspiration, read Grand Designs magazine digitally for free now by registering your details

read a free issue of grand designs magazine


5 best security lights

Best Home Security Systems

Eco friendly ideas for home building in 2021

Kevins Column

Grand Designs Live: Ask an Expert Weekend 22-23 May 2021

Discover free home project advice and product recommendations from the comfort of your own home. Register now to express your interest.
Home Improvements

Infrared heated desks for home working

Home working is a fact of life for many of us – but how do you keep yourself warm when the rest of the house...
Home Improvements

Medical grade air purifiers: breathe easy and protect your family

Protect your family and ensure the air quality in your home is free of harmful viruses, bacteria and other contaminants with a medical grade air...
Home Improvements

8 stylish solar garden lights 2021

Check out this 2021 round up of the most stylish solar garden lights
Home Improvements

How sliding doors and windows resurrected this London home

How sliding doors and windows transformed a Victorian semi in London into a light-filled delight.
Home Improvements

How to choose the best driveway material

Choose the best driveway material for your home, from crunchy gravel to smooth paving, with this in-depth guide