Average Cost/Price to Fit/Replace/Install an Alarm System

To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…

(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)

How Much Does It Cost to Install an Alarm System?

cost to install an alarm system

Specialist companies fit alarms. We’re just builders, we have no more idea how much they charge than you do. We know what they pay their
blokes of course but what about the profit margin? The only way to find the cost is to get a few of them round to quote for the job, each house is different they say, they won’t give a general price.

Job 1 However! If their bloke was fitting a wireless system in a three bed semi, which comprised an external siren, a control unit, 4 PIR’s, 6 door and window sensors, 2 panic buttons and a remote control key, he would fit it all in a day, get paid £150 and the materials would come to about £275.

That’s £425.00………….now see what they quote you!

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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on Replacing/FittingInstalling an Alarm System

I was going into a jewellers the other day to buy my lovely wife another diamond ring because I love her so much. A notice on the door said “This door's alarmed”. So was I when I came out - you should have seen the prices, one ring was nearly £35!

Next time she decides I love her, she’s getting a pot plant.

It’s fairly obvious after trawling the net, that wireless systems are now the system of choice for the vast majority of companies. When I was wiring in alarm systems 25 years ago, wireless was just emerging and considered a bit of a joke, going off in thunderstorms and the like.

The choice of individual
sensors available today has increased as well. Before, it was just door, window, under mat, panic buttons, and PIR’s. Now there are detectors for gas, CO² and flood, mobile panic buttons, key fob activator switches, emergency telephone diallers, temperature monitors and CCTV cameras. It’s enough to make an honest burglar turn to ……..honesty!

PIR stands for “passive infrared” by the way, they detect motion.

There are also very competitive DIY systems on the market but they don’t seem to come with a big old
external siren. These have two advantages, they let the bad lads know you have an alarm, (though it’s possible to buy dummy boxes) and they let everyone know you are being burgled. Everyone may know you are being burgled but no one will actually do anything about it of course.

It’s very unusual for a builder to fit an alarm. We just don’t do it, it’s regarded as a specialist job and we stay well clear. One reason is fault fixing, we wouldn’t know how to!

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