alexnk wrote:It all really depends on how difficult camera and cable installation will be. It is not uncommon for installation cost to be 2/3 of the final price. For example, industry standard price for the installation of 1 cable drop is about $300. 5x$300 plus camera installation can easily come out to be $2000 or so. Did the installer provide an itemized quote or did he just tell one price? Ask for itemized quote and make sure the installer is licensed and certified.
Also I would go with known equipment brands such as sony, panasonic, asix, etc... You might pay premium upfront but it will be more reliable and it will last longer. Good luck.
Thanks everyone. The quote is itemized and the install is only around $875 which seems pretty reasonable to me given that the house is enormous and there will be cables running all over the place. I emailed with the guy today and he said that if I want to buy the equipment myself off Amazon, he'll essentially just take that off his quote, so now I'm feeling better about the whole thing.